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.
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.
- 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.
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 .
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
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.
SQA Exams are coming up. Here are some useful links below:
Standard Grade click here
Intermediate 2 click here
Higher click here
Our colleagues at Community Learning & Development have organised an information session on the Welfare Reform Changes on Monday 22nd April at Camelon Education Centre 1pm – 4pm. If you or your family have any questions about Universal Credit, Housing Benefit etc please go along. For more information please click here to view their poster.
Falkirk Council have introduced an information page on the main website detailing forthcoming UK Government changes in Wefare Benefits. Although this may not affect you as an EMA applicant directly, for your family or, as you move on from school or Activity Agreements it may be more relevant. A link to the webpage can be found on the home page or you can visit directly by clicking here .
(Apologies for the short notice in our post:)
Unemployed young people are being offered a chance to find out about training and employment opportunities across the Falkirk area later this month.
The ‘What Skills, What Jobs’ event takes place at Falkirk Town Hall on Wednesday 13 March 2013, between 10am – 7pm. There will be a number of representatives on hand to offer advice and guidance on what training and employment is currently available locally.
The event is free and is open to anyone living in Falkirk aged between 16 and 24. If you plan to leave school shortly or you know anyone else to whom this would be of interest please click here for further info.
As detailed in your handbook please remember that it is a condition of your EMA award that you immediately inform Finance Team of any change in circumstances such as address. Correspondence can contain personal information and it’s essential we have up to date information.
Awards for which a current address has not been received may be suspended or cancelled.