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                  Kevin Grindley
              Head of Student Services
              Waltham Forest College

       NAMSS Regional Convenor, London

    ‘London Colleges Framework for the
           New Bursary Funds’
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           Statement
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Purpose

The purpose of the bursary is to:

•support and retain students
•promote a positive attitude to learning
•The purpose of the bursary is not to promote individual institutions

Statement of principles

•The bursary is based on attendance and punctuality
•The bursary should be applied fairly and consistently
•The process must be easily understood and accessible to young people
•The process should identify eligible students in a timely fashion
•The scheme should be designed to maximise the amount of the fund available to
support      students
•There is a commitment to ensuring bursary funds allocated to Colleges are fully
distributed in order to support as many students as possible
•There is a commitment to moving towards a shared service in the distribution of
bursary funds
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           Working Group
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                                          Members


  Ken Warman – Principal, B6 College (Chair)

  Kate Anderson – Regional Director, AoC London

  Calista Francis – Vice Principal, B6 College

  Lisa Bellis – Student Services Manager, New Vic 6th Form
  College

  Gavin Hughes – Director of Student Services, Uxbridge College

  Nick Seward – Director of Student Services, Tower Hamlets
  College

  Yvonne Hayward – Head of Student Services, Westminster
  Kingsway College
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Statement of Practice

Attendance
•The bursary should be distributed on a basis of a minimum of 90%
attendance over the period of a term, excluding authorised absence,
with the aim of moving towards 100% attendance
*Colleges may need to take account of individual students’
circumstances in applying this threshold
Punctuality
•The bursary should be distributed on the basis of a minimum of 90%
punctuality over the period of a term
*Colleges may need to take account of individual students’
circumstances in applying this threshold
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Frequency of Payments

The recommended payment intervals are:

• Payment 1: the week immediately after October half term
• Payment 2: the week immediately after February half term
• Payment 3: around the May half term

  *For Colleges that do not operate half term breaks, the timings
  will need to be expressed in terms of numbers of weeks into the
  respective autumn, spring and summer terms
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Eligibility and Evidence

• Guaranteed bursary: as per YPLA guidance notes

• Eligible if parental income is below a certain level determined by
  the individual colleges; the proposal is that the Free School Meals
  figure of £16,190 is the threshold used by London Colleges

• Colleges should operate an initial cut-off date for applications of
  23 September 2011 in order to assess the initial demand for funds
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• Colleges should continue to log applications in order to be able to
  demonstrate the total level of demands for bursary support from
  eligible students
• Colleges to hold off saying exactly how much each eligible
  student will receive until they have been able to assess the
  volume of applications received
• To present a clearer picture across London Colleges, it is
  recommended that each college makes a commitment to provide
  each eligible student with a minimum of £200 pa
• The £200 minimum payment comes with a caveat that the actual
  amount will depend on the availability of the bursary funds in the
  College
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• Colleges are recommended to hold back say 10% of their
  available bursary funding for contingency purposes
• Eligibility for the benefit should be based on the most current
  evidence of household income, either through benefits in
  employment

Audit
• As per YPLA Guidelines
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Student Contract
• The application form should constitute a signed contract which
   states the standards expected by the College with confirmation of
   the legitimacy of the evidence provided for household income
• Eligibility for the bursary should be accompanied by a signed
   contract that covers the above

Communicating the message to students
• Colleges are recommended to use all relevant means for
  communicating information about the new bursaries
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Thankyou………
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