Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) provides financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning.

How to apply

The Scottish Government require a new application for EMA to be made each academic year. Applicants can apply for EMA online on the Council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/ema

Guidance

Guidance about EMA is available on the Council’s website:

www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/download/15/education_maintenance_allowance

Age Criteria

To be eligible for EMA for the academic year 2019/20 applicants’ date of birth must be between 1 March 2001 and 28 February 2005.

Income Thresholds

Household income is assessed on gross taxable household income for the period April 2019 to March 2020. The household income thresholds for EMA for academic year 2020/21 are as follows:

 

INCOME NUMBER OF DEPENDANT CHILDREN IN THE HOUSEHOLD AWARD PER WEEK
£0-£24,421 One £30 per child per week
£0-£26,884 Two or more £30 per child per week

 

Apply without delay

  • To be eligible for a full year award the application must be received by the EMA Unit by 30 September 2020.
  • If the applicant’s date of birth falls between 1 March 2001 and 30 September 2004 they may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the academic year 2020/21, 11 August 2020.
  • If the applicant’s date of birth falls between 1 October 2004 and 28 February 2005 they may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the January term 2020/21, 6 January 2021.

Help to complete an EMA Application Form

If you require help to complete an EMA application form, please contact the Council’s Welfare Support Team on 0800 090 1004 or by emailing: welfare.support@highland.gov.uk

 

 

Pupils

 

Welcome back to a very different term. I hope you are coping  with the lockdown and kept safe and well.

Despite the very challenging times we are living in at present, it is really important that we all work together to get you the best access to your learning and education, as possible.

 

Our plan is as follows;

 

  1. Pupils, including S6 for the first two weeks, will be expected to register online by 12.00 each day. Pupils can access their year group classroom on google classroom and use the posted form to register their attendance. Absentees will be contacted by Guidance staff and or Year Head. This is to ensure you are engaging with your learning and are safe and well. Arrangements for the return of leavers forms and chrome books will be forwarded to you by the end of the first week.

 

  1. S1, S2 and S3 pupils will continue to access  BGE materials to be provided by staff, online.

 

  1. S4 and S5 pupils will consolidate the skills required to  prepare them  for moving on to their next chosen  subjects. Appropriate material will be provided by staff which you are expected to complete and submit for feedback.

 

  1. By the end of the first week we will review the senior  pupils ’ course choices and resulting class lists. This will  determine when we move to a new timetable.

 

  1. Mrs Reid will continue to provide updates on SQA developments.

 

There is no doubt that this term will present us with challenges never before experienced but by working together and  communicating effectively ,  I’m confident we can make the  best of what is a very different educational setting.

 

All the very best to you all !

 

Robin Fyfe

Acting Rector

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Our new term, albeit a very different one, starts on Tuesday. I hope you had an enjoyable  and relaxing holiday with your family but more importantly I hope you’re safe and well. It goes without saying that the new term will be very different, presenting new challenges for our school community, but be assured that we will do all we can, with your help, to make sure your children receive the best possible access to their learning and education. Together we must ensure that our young people continue on their appropriate curricular pathway despite the inevitable disruption created by these difficult times.

 

Our immediate plan  is as follows;

 

  1. Pupils, including S6 for the first two weeks, will be expected to register online by 12.00 each day. Pupils can access their register class on google classroom and register their attendance. Absentees will be contacted by Guidance staff and or Year Heads.
  2. S1, S2 and S3 pupils will continue to access  BGE materials to be provided, online, by staff .
  3. S4 and S5 pupils will consolidate the skills and knowledge required to  prepare them  for moving on to study  their chosen  subjects for the next year. We hope to confirm our senior pupils’ course choices as soon as possible.
  4. By the end of the first week we will review the pupils ’course choices and resulting class lists. This will determine when we  move to a new timetable.
  5. We will continue to provide updates on SQA developments.

 

A great deal of uncertainty surrounds the current situation but we must work hard together , to get the best outcomes possible for our young people. Good communication is key in these unprecedented times and we will  continue to provide  updates regularly via social media and group texts. Please get in touch with myself of the appropriate year head with any concerns.

 

All the very best to you and your family,

 

Robin Fyfe

Acting Rector

 

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