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An Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is an allowance of £30 per week paid to eligible students aged 16 to 19 years old who stay on in full-time education after the legal school leaving age.

Entitlement to an EMA is based on an assessment of household income. The income thresholds for the EMA programme Academic Year 2019/20 are likely to be as follows but may be subject to change at any time by the Scottish Government:

Income Weekly Payments
£0 to £26,884 for families with more than one dependent child in full-time education £30
£0 to £24,421 for families with a single dependent child in full-time education £30

The weekly allowance is paid every second week in arrears directly into the student’s bank account.

For more information please contact either the school office, Renfrewshire Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0300 300 0300 or email  Information is also available on Renfrewshire Council’s website:

Part time employment

Pupils under school leaving age who want to work, before or after school or at the weekend, need to hold a work permit. Pupils can get application forms from the council’s area offices. Their contacts details are in the important contacts section at the end of this handbook. Forms must be completed by employers, parents and the head teacher and returned to the area office. Permitted working hours during term time are 2 hours per school day, 2 hours on a Sunday and 8 hours (over 15 years of age) or 5 Hours (under 15 years of age) for any other day (i.e. Saturday). Out with term time the maximum total working hours in a week are 25 hours for those under 15 years of age and 35 hours for those over 15 years.

Parents are asked to cooperate with the school to make sure that the amount of time spent working doesn’t interfere with homework and studying for SQA examinations.

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