What is the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund?
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is designed to provide support to help young people meet the costs of participating in education post 16.
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund has 2 elements:
Vulnerable Bursary for vulnerable young people: Please see below for details of eligibility. These students will be eligible to receive a bursary of up to £1,200 per year.
Discretionary Bursary: These awards are targeted towards those young people who face financial barriers to participation in education, such as the costs of transport, meals, educational visits, books and equipment. The awards are aimed to fit the needs and circumstances of individual students and are at the discretion of the Head of Sixth Form in charge of Bursary after discussion with the Head of School.
Am I eligible? -To be eligible to receive a 16 to 19 Bursary in the 2019/20 academic year you must:
- Be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31st August 2019 or,
- Be aged 19 or over at 31st August 2019 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP),
- Be aged 19 or over at 31st August 2019 and continuing on a study programme you began aged 16 to 18.
Students must meet the residency criteria in the ESFA funding regulations for post-16 provision in the 2019-20 academic year. You must have been ‘settled’ in the UK for 3 years preceding the 1st day of the first academic year of your course. If you have any queries regarding the residency criteria, please ask for help.
You must be eligible in one of the following categories:
- young people who are in or have recently left local authority care
- young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone else who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner
- young people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right
- Young people who are eligible to receive a free school meal
- Young people whose household income is below £25,000 per annum
- Young people with significant caring responsibilities at home and who are not in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance
- Young people who have been affected by a sudden, exceptional change in their circumstances 16 to 19 Bursary Fund
How much is the bursary payment/How will it be paid?
Students in one of the defined vulnerable groups will receive a payment of up to £1200 for the academic year, payable in regular instalments. We aim to pay for items ‘in kind’ where possible, rather than making payments directly to students.
Students in receipt of a discretionary bursary will generally receive payments ‘in kind’, based on their needs, for example – provision of a bus pass, payment for exam resits, provision of equipment or books or contribution towards payments for educational visits. Dependent upon individual circumstances, the Bursary Fund will pay the full cost or only a proportion, with the balance being paid by the learner.
Any student who is in receipt of Free School Meals will continue to be entitled to Free School Meals under the bursary scheme. For the academic year 2019/20, we aim to provide a supply of stationery to assist students in their studies, together with the use of a locker.
Are there any conditions?
All payments will be subject to meeting the attendance and behaviour requirements of The Sixth Form.
Learners must fulfil their responsibilities and duties in all areas relating to effort, attendance and behaviour as set out by the expectations of The King’s CE School. Any infringement of this could impede access to the fund.
Any absence will be considered unauthorised unless there is a valid reason: the burden of proof that absences are authorised lies with the student – the Sixth Form has an expectation of 96% attendance for all students.
The Sixth Form monitors and tracks attendance through the rewards, attendance and behaviour policies set out for the whole school. Students who fail to follow the policies may jeopardise access to the bursary funding.
Any infringement of exam rules and regulations will impede access to the fund.
It will be the Head of Sixth Form in discussion with the Head of School who will make the final decision as to whether or not payment is made on all these occasions, based on the evidence presented.