Post 16 Bursary Information
Documents needed during the below process:
All applications to be handed in to reception by
Friday 17th September 2021
The 16-19 Bursary Fund was introduced in September 2011 after the government stopped taking new applications from the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). This fund is available to support those Year 12 & 13 students who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training Post 16.
Bursaries should be used to help young people pay for the costs related to participation whilst attending their courses, for example transport, books and equipment and other course-related costs.
There are two types of bursaries (please see below). If an Asylum Seeker has not had their application for asylum refused, BTEA can provide in-kind student support such as books, equipment or a travel pass. Under no circumstances can BTEA give cash to an Asylum Seeker unless they are an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child (UASC).
Who is eligible for the Bursary Fund?
The fund is designed to help support those young people in the following two groups:
Bursaries for young people in defined vulnerable groups
This category includes young people in care, care leavers, receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner, receiving 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. BTEA must obtain proof that students are eligible for the above bursary payments (please see BTEA 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy for details of evidence required).
Payments: Possible grant of £1,200 per year.
Students who need help to overcome individual barriers to education participation that they face, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment can apply for a discretionary bursary. Discretionary Bursary will be made available where the combined household income is less than £25,000 per year. The household income is the gross total income of the adults in the home. This would also include step-parents and partners who provide income to the household. This does not include brothers or sisters who are earning money. To apply you must meet the following criteria:
Applicants must be under 19 on 31 August in the academic year in which he/she starts the programme of study. Evidence of household income below £25,000 much accompany the application prior to assessment. Household income consists of income from a paid job and income from government benefits.
Payments: A discretionary grant - the amount will depend on how much money has been issued to the bursary fund and the total of students of whose household income which has been evidenced.
Students must also be under the age of 19 on 31 August in the academic year in which he/she starts the programme of study funded by the EFA (Education Funding Agency) and must meet the residency criteria in order to be eligible to access bursary funding.
Bursaries are conditional on the student meeting agreed standards set by the school. The payment of awards will be independent upon satisfactory behaviour, attitude and attendance and students will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to their course through completion of work and engagement in class activities. Whole or part payment may be withheld if standards in this regard are not met.
How do I apply for the Bursary Award?
A Bursary application form can be collected from BTEA Reception or downloaded from the school website (please see above). Parents/Carers should complete the application form indicating which category of fund they wish to apply for.
Institutions are required to take reasonable steps in order to ensure that all claims are valid. In order to do this we need to see evidence of student/family income. The easiest way to do this is to send us your latest Tax Credit Award Notice (form TC602)/Universal Credit Award (all pages are required) that correctly states your total household income for the tax year.
If a parent/student is unable to provide a copy of this document but believes that they qualify for an award, they should contact Mrs Kayleigh Dyer on the main school number (0117 9838080).
Parents and students are encouraged to make early applications but they can apply for a bursary at any time during the academic year.
For those students of who were granted bursary payments in Year 12 and are returning to Year 13, they will be asked to provide evidence again of their household income so that it can be confirmed that their information has remained the same and should therefore continue to receive such payments.
How are Bursary payments made?
Bursary payments are made at the end of each term and will be paid in arrears. A payment schedule will be sent to students who have been successful in their application of bursary allowance. These payments will cover the period from September to June. Payments are made by BACS straight to the students bank account.
Where can I get further details regarding the fund?
If students or Parents/Carers want to discuss any aspect of the application procedure please contact Mrs Kayleigh Dyer on the main school number or email Kayleigh.firstname.lastname@example.org
Complaints and Appeals
If a student feels aggrieved about how their application for a bursary was handled, they should follow the school's complaints procedure.
Equality and Diversity
Arrangements will not discriminate against students on the basis of any protected characteristics as set out in equalities legislation.