Two thirds of 16-year-olds unaware of sixth-form bursaries

The TES is reporting government research that suggests just 36 per cent of pupils had heard of the bursary – named the 16 to 19 Fund – before finishing Year 11…

More than 3,500 pupils were surveyed in an effort to understand how effective the bursary fund has been.

The fund was introduced in September 2001, replacing the Education Maintenance Allowance in England. It offers financial support to disadvantaged pupils who might not otherwise be able to afford education or training after the age of 16.

Schools told the researchers that they had publicised the new fund by handing out written material, as well as talking about it at events such as open days. Some 59 per cent of institutions surveyed said that they had put information about the fund on their website…

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, said that she was unsurprised by the low awareness of the new fund. “It’s always the case that, when you replace a universal grant with one that is means-tested, there’s lower take-up,” she said.

“The young people who need it the most are the least likely to have the means and resources to find out about it…”

More at: Two thirds of 16-year-olds unaware of sixth-form bursaries

 

It is surely crucial that students understand the fund before they make decisions about post-16 education, not just after, so what needs to be done to get the message across?

If you think your/your child’s school has done a better job at raising awareness than these figures suggest, please let us all know how and share any tips you have for others…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove my cynical head suggests that people (govt etc) don’t advertise this fund in order to save the money to plug funding gaps

  2. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove unspent bursary is recycled or returned to efa and not used for other areas of funding

  3. The_Data_Adonis

    SchoolsImprove the discretionary bursary policy is set by the provider and may differ between provider u may qualify one place not another

  4. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove most sixth forms advertise when . Recruiting this is a survey before final recruitment takes place

  5. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove the change in accountancy practice for academies means they show unspent bursary as efa creditor in accounts

  6. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove it also states in report up to £1200 bursary payments can be higher if total funds allow

  7. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove most sixth forms have flexible policies & spend their allocation & apply for additional vulnerable bursaries

  8. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove they are reporting on those inY11 and their knowledge of bursary, which is a bit different

  9. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove they are reporting on those inY11 and their knowledge of bursary, which is a bit different

  10. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove they are reporting on those inY11 and their knowledge of bursary, which is a bit different

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