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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged 16 years or above were receiving education maintenance allowances in each (a) school and (b) college in the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (i) at the start of the school year in 2005-06 and (ii) on the most recent date for which figures are available. (75214)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate education maintenance allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the council’s Chief Executive, has written to my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked “how many students aged 16 years or above were receiving education maintenance allowances in each (a) school and (b) college in the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (i) at the start of the school year in 2005-06 and (ii) on the most recent date for which figures are available”.

By the end of April 2006, 3,113 young people received one or more EMA payment with schools or colleges in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area during the academic year 2005/06.

The attached table displays the data for EMA take-up for all schools and colleges in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area at the end of October 05 and at the end of March 06. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payment in the academic year 2005/06.

School/college

Take-up at September 2005

Take-up at April 2006

Gosforth High School

185

207

Walbottle Campus Technology College

76

83

Walker Technology College

85

98

Benfield School

50

53

Kenton School

157

177

Heaton Manor School

106

120

West Gate Community College

45

51

St. Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive School

35

39

St. Cuthbert's High School

64

69

Sacred Heart High School

111

121

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Church High School

10

15

La Sagesse School

10

10

Westfield School

8

10

Central Newcastle High School

16

18

Dame Allan’s Boys’ School

21

25

Royal Grammar School

28

30

Northern Counties School

9

9

Newcastle College

1,553

1,908

Trinity School

1

2

Sir Charles Parsons School

14

14

Thomas Bewick School

4

6

All Saints College

36

41

Newcastle Bridges School

1

2

Talbot House School Newcastle

0

0

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

0

0

Sage Academy of Performing Arts

4

5

Total

2,629

3,113

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many residents of Stroud constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of education maintenance allowance. (77821)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate Education Maintenance Allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, has written to the my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Rob Wye, dated 28 June 2006:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked “how many residents of Stroud constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).”

Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and received EMA is available at Local Authority (LA) level, but not at constituency level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payment in the academic year 2005/06.

Projections of the number of young people eligible for EMA are formed by applying income distributions (derived from the Family Resources Survey) and expected numbers in full-time further education. When applied to individual localities the figures may be subject to some variation but they provide a useful estimate.

The following table displays the data for Gloucestershire.

Eligibility for EMA in 2005/06

Gloucestershire LA

Projected number eligible

4,654

Actual take-up

3,821

1 By end of June 2006.

In practice, not all eligible young people will take up EMA. For modelling purposes we therefore take account of what the actual take-up was in the previous year. In 2004/05 the take-up in Gloucestershire was 2,125 and on this basis we expected take-up in 2005/06 to be 3,850.

I trust this information is helpful.