We have no plans to make EMA available to young people under the age of 16. EMA is not based on the academic level a pupil reaches. It is targeted at those who reach the end of their compulsory school phase who have the option of dropping out of learning.
The purpose of EMA is to remove barriers to learning, and increase participation and retention rates among learners who can legally leave education. Therefore, EMA is not available to learners who by law must remain in education.