This guidance is for all institutions that administer the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. This includes schools, academies, FE colleges, sixth-form colleges, training providers, independent specialist providers and local authorities.
The guidance is non-statutory and sets out the arrangements the Secretary of State intends to make under section 14 of the Education Act 2002.
It clarifies a number of areas in response to queries raised by institutions and students, these include:
promotion of the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund through feeder schools to raise awareness, and help students make better informed post-16 choices;
clarification on how the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund can be promoted by institutions
advice on the frequency of payments to students
the effect of benefit changes to Defined Vulnerable Group Students;
the error criteria which the EFA will use to determine if payments need to be recovered from an institution
advice on getting students and their families to sign a declaration statement when applying for support from the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund