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Education Maintenance Allowance

An EMA is a weekly payment worth up to £30 for eligible pupils aged between 16-19 years old who are planning to stay on at school for a minimum of 21 learning hours per week.

Eligibility for the scheme is based upon the total taxable household income for 2023/24:

  •  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 McDonald, Depute Rector, for processing.



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