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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
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Post-16 Bursary

OPHS Guidelines on the 16-19 Bursary Fund in 2018/19

 

These guidelines have been developed by the Redbridge 14-19 Partnership to promote fairness and consistency within the Borough. They do not replace the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funding guidance which providers must follow. Redbridge accepts the principles agreed by the Association of Colleges which are set out below:

 

OPHS Bursary Application Form Download Here

 

The purpose of the bursary is to:

  • Support and retain students
  • Promote a positive attitude to learning
  • The purpose of the bursary is not to promote individual institutions
  • The bursary is based on attendance and punctuality
  • The bursary should be applied fairly and consistently
  • The process must be easily understood and accessible to young people
  • The process should identify eligible students in a timely fashion
  • The scheme should be designed to maximise the amount of the fund available to support students
  • There is a commitment to moving towards a shared service in the distribution of bursary funds

The 16-19 Bursary Fund has three elements:

 

Level 1 Bursary

Eligible students will receive a bursary of up to £1,200 a year. It will be paid into the student’s bank account in three instalments.  These payments will be made near the start of each school term.

This is for students defined as being ‘vulnerable’ and includes:

 

  • Student who are currently in local authority care
  • Students who have recently left local authority care
  • Students who are in receipt of income support or universal credit in their own name
  • Students in receipt of employment and support allowance or Universal credit and disability living allowance or personal independence payments in their own right.

 

Level 2 Bursary

These discretionary payments can be awarded up to £800 per academic year for young people in the following groups:

 

  1. Learners in other vulnerable groups:
  • Young people with learning difficulties and disabilities but who are not in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Disability Learning Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • Young Carers
  • Teenage Parents who are not in receipt of income support
  • Young Offenders.

 

  1. Learners on Free School Meals and/or whose families receive income-related benefits and/ or whose family income is below £16,190 per year.  The maximum value would be £800 for the academic year.

 

  1. Learners whose family income is below £21,000 per year. The maximum value would be £800 for the academic year.

 

  1. Students who are entitled to receive Free School Meals.  If students are not currently receiving this, or went to school outside of Redbridge, they should apply for Free School Meals as soon as possible through the Redbridge website.  Guidance of who may be eligible is as follows:
  • Parents receive income support
  • Parents receive income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Parents receive income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Parents receive support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Parents receive the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Parents receive Child Tax Credit (Providing you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Parents receive Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Parents receive Universal Credit
  • If a child receives any of these benefits personally, then they may also be entitled.

 

Level 3 Bursary

These discretionary payments can be awarded up to £400 per academic year for young people in priority group listed below, where eligible. The monetary value of this bursary differs from year to year as it depends on the number of students who apply and are eligible

 

Providers may also use their discretion to make awards to young people in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of their learners. Discretionary bursary awards should be targeted towards young people facing financial barriers to participation, such as the costs of transport, meals, books and equipment.

This is for students who have a combined family income of no more than £21,000.  This includes Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits and Family allowance.

To be eligible to receive a bursary, the young person must be aged under 19 on 31st August 2019.

 

This money will not usually be paid directly to students but will be used to provide payment for goods and services that will aid the student in pursuing their studies.  Examples may include:

  • Paying for school trips
  • Providing necessary equipment and books
  • Paying for meals in school
  • Paying for extracurricular activities
  • Paying for travel cards
  • Providing ICT equipment for student exclusive use whilst at sixth form
  • Providing payment or part payment for cost incurred whilst attending university open days etc.

This list is not exhaustive and all requests will be considered by the bursary panel.

Redbridge providers have agreed that discretionary awards should be made to the following learners in this order of priority:

  1. Learners in other vulnerable groups:
  • Young people with learning difficulties and disabilities but who are not in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Disability Learning Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • Young Carers
  • Teenage Parents who are not in receipt of income support
  • Young Offenders.

 

  1. Learners on Free School Meals and/or whose families receive income-related benefits and/ or whose family income is below £16,190 per year.

 

  1. Learners whose family income is below £21,000 per year.

Administration

Application

Students will be made aware of the bursary through assemblies and information at the start of term.  All who think they are entitled will be encouraged to apply. Students should complete the school application form and submit to the sixth form attendance and wellbeing administrator as soon as possible.  All students must have their own Bank or building society account. Proof of this will be needed. For level 1 bursary applications, students will need to provide appropriate evidence for how they meet the criteria.  For level 2 bursary applications, students should include on the form whether they currently receive Free School Meals or whether they don’t but believe they are eligible. Students should also apply through the Redbridge website as soon as possible.

Assessment

The bursary awards panel will review all applications during the first half term.  Once this has taken place, all students will be informed whether their application was successful or not.  For those whose applications are successful, they will also be told the monetary value of the bursary.

Payments

Level 1 Bursary students will receive £400 paid into their bank account at the start of each school term.

Level 2 Bursary students – Primarily, the student’s subject leaders and head of year will be spoken to in order to establish whether there are any trips or specialist equipment that the student will need over the course of the academic year.  The student will be informed of the outcome of this consultation and whether certain trips or equipment will be paid for using their bursary. Students can then apply to spend the rest of their bursary on things that will aid them in attending school and studying.  They will apply using the Request for Payment form. Requests will all be considered by the bursary panel and the student then informed of the outcome. In most cases, the school will pay for and supply equipment to the student directly.

 

Guidance for providers on audit and management information requirements is available in the EFA Guide and Q&A for providers and local authorities:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide

Conditions for receipt

The application form should constitute a signed contract which states the standards expected by the provider and confirms the legitimacy of the evidence provided for household income.

 

Redbridge providers have agreed that all awards will be conditional on the attendance and behaviour of the learners.

 

Payment of the bursary may be suspended if these conditions are not met.

The conditions will include:

  • Regular attendance – 90% (including authorised study leave)
  • Punctuality – maximum of one late mark per week
  • Appropriate behaviour – not in breach of the provider’s code of conduct / learner agreement / behaviour policy.
  • Bursaries will not be awarded if funds are exhausted.
  • Where funds remain, learners can put forward a case to their provider for one-off payments to meet a particular need: support for buying books and equipment; transport or fieldwork costs.

 

 

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