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EMA 2015/16 – Review and Preparation

We will shortly begin our preparation for the next EMA session, with the aim of having application forms available from mid-June.  As part of this preparation and our ongoing commitment to improvement,  we would be happy to consider your views on the application and other processes.  If you applied for EMA in this 2014/15 session and have any comments to make on the application form, guidance notes or other processes, please let us know.

Please note that we’re unable to consider comments regarding EMA policy or other regulations which are outwith our control and may not respond directly to your submission.

EMA Glow Group

Happy New Year!

To better streamline our information service to you, the Falkirk EMA Glow Group which only pupils, parents or staff with a Glow password could access, has been withdrawn with immediate effect.  Information previously held in this group is still available either through blog posts here or on the main EMA page of the Falkirk Council website, both of which have full public access with no log-ins needed.

SQA results

We would like to wish everyone all the best for the SQA results, due today. If you need help or advice with any aspect of your SQA exam results please contact your school or the SQA .

SQA Exams

A quick reminder as exam season approaches that EMA will continue to be paid over your study leave, providing you adhere to your school’s official study leave dates and, of course, attend your exams.

For advice and help over the study period why not check out the websites below?

BBC Brainsmart – ever wished you could get your brain to work better? Explore how to revise effectively, manage stress &      prepare mentally for a big event.

SQA Study Guides are designed to help you prepare for your exams no matter what subject you are studying. Tips and advice on how to achieve the results you want.  Also remember to sign up soon at My SQA if you want to receive your results by text or email.

 BBC Bitesize  – A secondary school revision resource for students featuring written content, interactive content, audio, video and games.

 

And finally, we wish you all the very best for your exams!

EMA Team Monday 17th March

Apologies but there will be limited cover only for EMA enquiries today, Monday 17th March. Please see common queries below –  if you don’t find the answer you need, either email us and we’ll pick up asap or call us from tomorrow. 

  • Payment/non-payment – contact your school or Activity Agreement worker first. Check the payment timetable or your handbook.
  • New applications – check the guidance/checklist and send into us as soon as possible, even if incomplete.  As already detailed on the application form, in previous posts and publications, the EMA sessions closes to new applicants on 31st March. No new applications can be accepted after that date. 
  • General info & FAQs – see our main page on the Falkirk Council website or our list of FAQs.

Severe Weather and your EMA

Every effort is made to keep schools and learning centres open but where severe weather means that some closures are unavoidable, it can affect your EMA. In preparation for winter, here’s a quick reminder of the rules:

  • Where your school or learning centre is closed and no education is provided, your EMA will be unaffected.
  • Should your school or learning centre be open to you but you or your parent/carer decide that you will not attend, your school or learning centre will make the decision on whether payment is to be made. Any such decision will be made on an individual basis depending on your circumstances but should take into account how fair it is to make payment for someone who has not attended where others may have travelled a similar distance or by a similar method of transport.  

In general:

  • if your school or learning centre is open but you live some distance away and transport is unavailable due to the weather, your school or learning centre may still authorise payment.
  • However, if you don’t attend because you’re looking after younger siblings also not attending, we would not normally expect payment to be made.

If in doubt, please check with your school or learning centre.

Although we hope that any impact to actual payments (dates, amounts etc) will be kept to an absolute minimum, some changes may be unavoidable. This is because we can only make payment where your school or learning centre have authorised it. If staff are unavailable, payment may be made in part only or delayed. We can’t make extra payments to catch up, but as far as possible all adjustments are made in the next available run.

In adverse weather, keep visiting this blog for further update to your EMA and the Falkirk Council School Closure Information page (click here), which will be regularly updated with school closure and other winter information.

SQA Results

We would like to wish everyone all the best for the SQA results, due today.  If you need help or advice with any aspect of your SQA exam results please contact your school or the SQA .

SQA Exams

EMA Team would like to wish everyone sitting exams soon all the best of luck.  In addition to our previous post, you might find of interest this BBC article on coping with pressure. click here

Reminder about MySQA

If you haven’t already done so log in to MySQA click here and sign up so that you can receive your SQA results by text or Online.

Useful Links for SQA Exams

SQA Exams are coming up.  Here are some useful links below:

Standard Grade click here

Intermediate 2 click here

Higher click here