An EMA is a weekly payment worth up to £30 for pupils who are planning to say on at school for a minimum of 21 learning hours per week. In session 2020/2021 pupils born between 1st March 2001 and 30th September 2004 can receive payments from August 2020. Pupils born between 1st October 2004 and 28th February 2005 can receive payments from January 2021.


Eligibility for the scheme is based upon the total taxable household income for 2020/21:
  •  up to £24,421 taxable income for households with 1 dependant child.
  • up to £26,884 taxable income for households with 2 or more dependant children.

This weekly term time allowance is paid directly into the young person’s bank account and does not affect the child benefit or other benefits being paid to their parents or carers.

The Council’s Welfare Support Team can complete the online application form with the young person and in the wider context, can support all eligible households to apply for benefits and other entitlements.

The Welfare Support Team can be contacted by telephoning 0800 090 1004 or emailing

Further information on full eligibility criteria and the online application process can be obtained here

Learning Agreements can be collected from the main office or downloaded from the Highland Council website.  Completed forms should be returned to Mr Piper for processing.


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