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16-19 Bursary Funding Policy and Procedures
Payments for 2019-2020

The 16-19 Bursary is a Government initiative aimed at helping to remove the financial barriers to learning that some vulnerable students may come across. There are two types of awards; Mandatory and Discretionary.

Eligibility for a Mandatory Bursary

  • Learners between 16 and 19 in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
  • Learners between 16 and 19 that have recently left care
  • Learners between 16 and 19 getting Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in their own right
  • Learners between 16 and 19 getting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and either Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • Learners between 16 and 19 getting Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and either Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit

Learners in these defined groups will be eligible for the Mandatory bursary payment of up to £1,200. This will be paid in two equal amounts directly to the learner, the first payment around Christmas and the second payment in the Spring term. School will request and verify evidence of the learner’s eligibility for any of the above criteria.

Discretionary Bursaries
16 – 19 Bursaries are intended for learners who are in most need of financial support.

Depending on the level of funding awarded to the school through the EFA we hope to be able to offer learners who are in receipt of free school meals, and not in receipt of the Mandatory Bursary, a discretionary award. This is likely to be paid in the Spring term.

Further discretionary awards are also available for learners with an identifiable financial need. Any learner who is aged 16 - 19 at the start of the academic year can apply for a discretionary award and this will be assessed on an individual basis. It may be appropriate for these bursaries to be ‘in kind’ (for example, a personal communication aid) rather than a direct payment.

How to apply
All learners aged 16 – 19 at the start of the academic year (01.09.19) will be sent a letter with information about the Bursary and requesting information in order to assess eligibility. Proof of eligibility will then be requested and payments made upon receipt. Learners who are in care will be contacted directly.

Learners in receipt of free school meals who may be eligible for a discretionary award will be identified through school records and will be contacted directly.

If you are interested in applying for a specific discretionary award to support learning, please contact Sharon Clift via the School Office.

Payments
Payments of the mandatory award will be issued in two equal payments over the academic year upon receipt of proof of benefits. Payments of the free school meals discretionary award will be issued following allocation of the mandatory awards. All payments will be made by BACS in the learner’s name, for payment into their own bank account. In some exceptions, due to the learner’s needs, we may be able to pay into a parent’s bank account on behalf of the child.