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UCAS University Application Deadline

With the UCAS application deadline looming, Skills Development Scotland’s web service, My World of Work, has developed a range of content to help your child showcase their talents to the full. 

The UCAS application page on My World of Work is now live and will feature prominently on the site right up until January 15 2013, the deadline for UK university applications for the 2013 academic year.      

The page features useful tips, videos of university students talking about their experience of the process and a parent’s perspective. It also provides a check list of the vital information applicants will need to consider to complete their application on time, along with a host of additional guidance including tips on writing the all important personal statement.

You may find this a useful additional support especially over the Christmas holidays when schools are closed.

Need help with your EMA?

We’re happy to help applicants or parent/carers/advisors with any aspect of EMA, including completion of the application form or general absence procedures. Unfortunately, we do not always have access to facilities where we can speak to you confidentially and for this reason, personal visits are discouraged.  However, most general queries can usually be quickly answered by phone or found within the information on the EMA page of the main Falkirk Council website.

As mentioned in our previous post, deaf service users can now have any enquiries about Council services dealt with on the spot by a member of the Customer First Team thanks to the introduction of Sign Language Live.  Customer First Team can help with your EMA by photocopying original documents as you wait and thereafter sending all through to us for assessment.  They are also involved in the receipt and processing of Clothing Grant / Free School Meals applications.  If Sign Language Live could be of help to you or your parents/carers, please see the main press release (click here) or speak to a member of Customer First Staff at any of the seven One Stop Shops.  Falkirk Council can also provide communication services for deaf-blind people free of charge.

On the Falkirk Council website, our EMA page can be read aloud to you by clicking on the “listen” button at the top.  Alternatively, BrowseAloud is a free downloadable software which reads webpages aloud for anyone who finds it difficult to read online.  It’s currently being considered for the GLOW website but it can also be downloaded to your own pc.  If this would be helpful, further info can be found on: http://www.browsealoud.com

If English is not your first language and you’d like some help with translation, you may find the free Google Translate service of use – just click the icon towards the top right of this page and select your preferred language.  This service can also be used for our EMA page on the Falkirk Council website in 4 easy steps:

  1. visit Google Translate (press your ”Ctrl” button & click here)
  2. select your language 
  3. copy and paste the website address (URL) www.falkirk.gov.uk/ema
  4. click “translate” 

In the near future we also hope to be able to offer our online forms in an “interactive” pdf version.  This allows most of the required information to be typed onto the form rather than handwritten with only the signature needing completion once printed.  Further information on that service, and new versions of forms, will be made available in due course.

If we can be of any other help, or if there’s additional support you like to be made available, please contact us.

Scottish Government announce improved student support

Scottish students will benefit from the best funding package available in the UK with enhanced support and free tuition, Education Secretary Michael Russell announced today.

On top of current benefits such as free tuition, the new package, to be introduced in 2013 includes:

  • An annual minimum income of £7,250, through a combination of bursaries and loans, for students with a family income of less than £17,000
  • All students, irrespective of circumstances, will be eligible for a student loan of £4,500 a year – as requested by NUS Scotland who want to see more cash in student pockets
  • Part-time students with a personal income of less than £25,000 will now receive full support for tuition fees as a proportion of the full-time fee equivalent

For the full press release please click here

SQA results

We would like to wish everyone all the best for the SQA results, due Tuesday 7th August.  If you need help or advice with any aspect of your SQA exam results please contact your school or the SQA .

Council Services More Accessible for Deaf Residents

As announced yesterday, deaf service users can now have any enquiries about Council services dealt with on the spot by a member of the Customer First Team thanks to the introduction of Sign Language Live – previously Deaf service users had to make an appointment so an interpreter could be booked to attend to translate for all parties involved.

Customer First Team can help with your EMA by photocopying original documents as you wait and thereafter sending all through to us for assessment.  They are also involved in the receipt and processing of Clothing Grant / Free School Meals applications.  If Sign Language Live could be of help to you or your parents/carers, please see the main press release (click here) or speak to a member of Customer First Staff at any of the seven One Stop Shops.

Glow Summer Shut-Down Fri 20 – Sun 22 July

This year Glow have planned a shorter maintenance period over the summer break. They expect that Glow will be unvailable for three days, from 08:00 on Fri 20 Jul until 08:00 on Mon 23 Jul. 

This will affect access to our Glow Group and may also affect this public blog.

Scottish Government consultation – Children & Young People

The best package of flexible childcare in the UK, designed to make it easier for parents to access work, education or training is the cornerstone of new legislation, Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said today.

The Minister was speaking as she launched a consultation on the forthcoming Children and Young People Bill at a nursery in Edinburgh today. ”We have a huge opportunity to make the most important changes to public services in a generation and I encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and the wider debate on the future of children’s rights and services in our country.”

The consultation on the Children and Young People Bill runs for 12 weeks with the deadline for submissions being September 25.  It will provide an opportunity for stakeholders, professionals, parents and carers and children and young people to have their say on the future shape of children’s services and the Scottish Government’s approach to delivering change.

For more information or to have your say, please visit the website .

Fortnightly Payment Due

The payment run for the final fortnight of the 11-12 school term is complete.  As usual, payment is made for 100% attendance, good progress and conduct.  Please note that as always, your school is responsible for monitoring these aspects and making the decision whether to pay – EMA Team cannot adjust these decisions or make backdated payment during the school holidays. 

If you receive EMA under the Activity Agreement scheme and have a query about payment please contact your Activity Agreement worker in the first instance.

SQA Exams

EMA Team wish everyone sitting exams soon all the best of luck.  In addition to our previous post , you might find of interest this recent BBC article on coping with pressure.  And if you’re needing some more light-hearted revision tips, why not try Radio 1’s Rodeo Revision?

Absence from School

As detailed in your handbook, EMA is paid for 100% attendance in every timetabled class.  If you are absent, your payment may be withheld.  If you have a query about how absence will affect your EMA please contact your school or EMA Team and check your handbook and our previous posts:

Winter weather and your EMA

Fortnightly Payment




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