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Evaluation of the Education Maintenance Allowance and Assembly Learning Grant (Further education)

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  • Release date: 25 March 2015
The grants are financial allowances available to people living in Wales to incentivise them to continue in education after compulsory school age.

Evaluation of the Assembly Learning Grant (Further Education)

Release date: 25 March 2015

The study includes the recommendations that:

  • the Welsh Government continues to financially support Welsh further education adult learners via an administrative scheme targeted at those from low household incomes
  • the funding allowances made available via the Assembly Learning Grant (Further Education) Scheme be re-examined, arguing that, ideally, a single rate of allowance be offered to full-time students based in households with an income threshold of £18,370 or under but recognising that this might lead to an increase in demand compared to the present situation.

The report makes nine recommendations regarding the grant.

Evaluation of financial support for students in further education in Wales - Strategic report

Release date: 25 March 2015

The report concluded that:

  • the Education Maintenance Allowance and Assembly Learning Grant (Further Education) administrative schemes have very similar aims and objectives in terms of incentivising those of post-compulsory education age to continue in or return to further education
  • the Financial Contingency Fund (Further Education) discretionary scheme was established to provide support to further education students at a time of need but in reality is being administered in a much more systematic way to fund planned costs and provisions, particularly in terms of transport and childcare.

The report recommends a single administrative grant scheme and that the household income criteria for this new administrative scheme be set at a similar level as the current Welsh Government Learning Grant (Further Education) threshold of £18,370 or less, and seeking more effective ways of funding some of the costs currently accommodated via the Financial Contingency Fund (Further Education) Scheme, particularly transport and childcare costs.

The report makes 14 strategic recommendations covering post-compulsory student finance.

Evaluation of the Education Maintenance Allowance 

Release date: 23 October 2014

The evaluation found that:

  • Education Maintenance Allowance supports and contributes towards a range of Welsh Government policies geared towards widening access to education, reducing the rate of young people who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) and addressing the link between poverty and educational attainment
  • statistical analysis for the project indicated that students receiving Education Maintenance Allowance enrolled for post-compulsory education more quickly and where they did not study A-levels, studied for longer and achieved at a higher level than non-recipients
  • whilst it was felt that most recipients would have continued with their education without the allowance, there was an overwhelming view from stakeholders that the Education Maintenance Allowance Scheme should continue in its current form.

The report makes eight recommendations arising from these findings.


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