From September 2011 there has been a new bursary
scheme to replace Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA). If
you’re aged between 16 and 19 years schools, colleges and training
providers will be responsible for awarding
bursaries. They decide on the amount, when it is paid
and whether it’s linked to behaviour or attendance. Those most
in need, such as those in care, care leavers or those claiming
income support will be guaranteed a bursary of
this page on direct.gov to find out
more. There is a page of questions and answers on this
Dept. of Education site.
There is also a 16 page leaflet available
here and a brief explanatory factsheet at
local policy specific to Peterborough on the 16-19
Bursary provides more in-depth information.
Care to Learn
Care to Learn pays up to £160 per child per
week towards childcare and travel costs while you learn. You
must be under 20 when your course or learning programme
begins. You can claim Care to Learn either as the child’s
father or mother, as long as:
- the other parent is unable to provide
childcare (because, for example, they are working)
- the other parent is not claiming Childcare
- you must be in learning that has some public
funding such as courses in schools, colleges,
Foundation Learning etc.
- your childcare provider (including relatives)
must be registered with Ofsted. Visit Families
Information Services or tel:- 01733 864446,
or freephone:- 0800 2989121, or email:- FIS@peterborough.gov.uk.
For further information visit moneytolearn.
Care to Learn helpline tel:- 0800 121 8989 or
Learner Support helpline tel:- 0845 600 2809
Dance & Drama Awards
If you get a Dance and Drama Award, it will
cover most of your fees for attending one of a small number of
private, specialist schools. But you'll still have to make a
personal contribution. For the 2010/11 academic year, this
personal contribution is £1,275. For more information see the
Discretionary Learner Support
These are available from schools and colleges
to help you with the costs of books, materials, travel, childcare
and equipment. Each school/college sets its own criteria and
so the amount of funds and their allocation differs between
institutions. Find out more from your school or college.
This allowance is to subsidise costs for full
and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students and is
available from your Local Authority.
For how to apply see the government
Residential Support Schemes &
If you want to take courses in areas such as
art & design, agriculture and horticulture, but can't find them
locally, you may be able to get funding for your accommodation and
travel costs. See the
You may get subsidised transport to
school/college after Year 11 from the City Council if you live in
the Peterborough City area, are on a full-time course and are under
19 on 31st August. The distance between your home and the
nearest “appropriate centre” offering the course must be five miles
or more via the shortest walking route. If you choose A
levels note that A levels themselves are the course and not any
particular combination of subjects.
You can get free transport if:-
- your family is receiving Income Support or income based Job
- she/he has a brother or sister for whom you are paying a
contribution for transport for post 16 transport (only one
contribution is made per family).
If you meet the criteria above and receive Income Support, the
qualifying distance from your home to your school/college is 3
The full Peterborough City Council Transport Policy can be
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Also see this page on the Peterborough
City Council website.