• We are maintaining the commitment to full participation and to raise the participation age.
  • 16-19 provision will be funded to allow schools and colleges to manage the increase in the number of young people who want a place in learning.
  • To live within this settlement schools and colleges will have to make unit-cost reductions in the 16-19 participation budgets. There is also scope for achieving savings from back office costs and by raising all provision to the level of the most efficient.
  • The Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is going to be replaced by an enhanced discretionary learner support fund. Decisions about which young people should receive financial support will be made by schools, colleges, and training providers who are in a better position than Government to determine the needs of individual students. This new fund will be better able to target those young people who face a real financial barrier to participation.
  • Young people currently receiving the EMA will continue to receive it for the rest of the academic year. They will not receive it in the next academic year.
  • The EMA scheme will close to new applicants from January 2011.