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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect of the educational maintenance allowance on school attainment; and if he will make a statement. (187147)

A Learning and Skills Council commissioned analysis of “The Impact of the EMA pilots on participation and attainment in post compulsory education” (IFS November 2007, Haroon Chowdry; Lorraine Dearden; Carl Emmerson) found that EMA increased attainment at Level 2 and Level 3 by around 2 ppts for male learners and 2.5 ppts for female learners. When looking at the impact on actual recipients, the report estimates this equates to an impact on attainment (at Levels 2 and 3) of 7 ppts for female, and 5 ppts for male, EMA recipients. The full report was placed in the House Library, on 3 December 2007.