Tag Archive for 'support'

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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

Welfare Reform Information Session

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.

Welfare Reform – Big Benefit Changes

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 .

What Skills, what jobs?

(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.

Moving house?

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.

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 .




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