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16 - 19 Bursary

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The Government bursary scheme is designed to help the most vulnerable 16-19 year olds in full-time education.  The scheme is made up of two parts: a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable learners and a discretionary fund for schools, colleges and training providers to distribute.

The scheme is funded by the Student Bursary Support Service (SBSS) for 16-19 year olds to provide assistance to the learners whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Learners following government funded full time or part-time courses, who are 16 years and over and satisfy one or more of the following criteria:-

·    Learners aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31/08/16 who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

·    Learners who are economically or socially disadvantaged and at risk of not taking up or continuing in their education.  This group includes learners eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

 ·   Learners who have been in care, on probation, are young parents or are otherwise considered at risk.

 ·    Asylum seekers who meet the residency qualifications.

 ·    Refugees (who will have access to 16-19 Bursary Funding if they are in receipt of supportive evidence from DWP).

 ·    Lone parents

 Who is not eligible for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

  • Learners under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age on 31/08/16.
  • Learners who do not meet the residency qualifications

How does the School assess applications and allocate 16-19 Bursary funding?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the School will prioritise allocation. There are 2 bursary levels, categorised as Level 1 and Level 2.

Level 1 Bursary

Learners aged under 19 on 31/08/16 and who fall into one of the following categories:

·         Are currently in care (as defined by social services)

·         Are leaving or have recently left care

·         Are in receipt of Income Support in their own name.

·         Are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

Eligible learners will be guaranteed a £1200 bursary plus support for other costs such as transport, equipment etc.

Payments will be made by cheque or BACS to learners half termly in arrears (5 instalments)

 

Level 2 Bursary

Following the allocation of funds to learners eligible for the Level 2 bursary, any remaining funds will be distributed to learners eligible for the Level 2 Bursary.

Learners who meet any of the following criteria:

·         Eligible for Pupil Premium - if your child has received Free School Meals in the last 6 years the school will receive Pupil Premium funding.

·         Have a gross annual household income of below £20,000

·         Consideration is also given to single parent households and those with other children living in the household

Eligible learners in this group, if they apply to the 16–19 Bursary Fund by 8th July 2016, may be eligible for a contribution of up to £300 towards:

·         The cost of transport, essential course equipment, trips, uniforms, materials, etc.

·         A possible cash bursary, if aged under 19 on 31 August 2016, dependent on meeting agreed attendance and behaviour criteria.  This will be subject to availability of funds.

Payments will be made by cheque to learners half termly in arrears (5 instalments)

Payments will be made on as and when required basis and will be dependent on the number of bursary applications received at each priority level.

 

Summary of eligibility:

 

Bursary

Amount

Payment information

Criteria for eligibility – learners aged under 19 on 31/08/2016.

Do you meet any of the following criteria?

Please tick any which apply?

Criteria for continued payment of bursary

Level 1

Guaranteed £1200 annual payment

5 instalments paid half termly in arrears

·     Are currently in care (as defined by social services)

·     Are leaving or have recently left care

·     Are in receipt of Income Support in their own name

·     Are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No change in household financial circumstances

Continued attendance at Braidwood School

Must adhere to the Home School Agreement

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria for eligibility – learners aged under 19 on 31/08/2016.

Do you meet any of the following criteria?

Please tick any which apply:

 

Level 2

Up to £300 annual payment

5 instalments paid half termly in arrears

·    Eligible for Pupil Premium? (if your child has received Free School Meals in the last 6 years the school will receive Pupil Premium funding)

·    Have a gross annual household income of below £20,000

·    Consideration is also given to single parent households and those with other children living in the household

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a minimum attendance rate of 92%.

Be punctual to all lessons and registration.

Meet expectations of all learners as outlined in the home school agreement.

Make satisfactory progress against targets.

 

What criteria do learners need to meet for continued payment of 16-19 Bursary Fund?

Learners’ performance will be monitored and reviewed on a half termly basis.  Payment will be based on the criteria outlined below for the previous half term.

Level 1 Bursary – learners are guaranteed the payment as long as they continue to attend Braidwood School and are registered on a full programme of study.  Therefore learners will need to meet the basic expectations of all learners as outlined in the home school agreement.

Level 2 Bursary – learners will continue to receive bursary fund payments if they:

·   Have an attendance rate of a minimum of 92%

·   Be punctual to all lessons and registration

·   Meet the basic expectations of all learners as outlined in the home school agreement.

·   Make satisfactory progress against their targets and attend all examinations.

 

How do learners apply for the Braidwood School Bursary Fund?

Learners are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and the deadline for all applications is Friday 8th July 2016.  Application forms can be obtained from Mrs Lewis at the school office.  Each application will be reviewed by the Bursary Fund Application Panel and successful applicants notified by 22nd July 2016 with first payments made during October 2016

The Bursary Fund Application Panel will consist of: Head Teacher and the Business Manager.

 

What is the Braidwood School Bursary Fund appeals procedure?

If a learner wishes to appeal against the allocation of the 16-19 Bursary Fund the reasons for the appeal need to be put in writing, along with any documentary evidence and send to Mr Phil Bailey, Deputy Head Teacher. 

The Appeals Panel will consist of: Deputy Head Teacher, a member of the Governing Body and the Assistant Head Teacher.

 

Each appeal will be reviewed on a case by case basis against the published criteria for eligibility.

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