National Statistics

Education Maintenance Allowances awarded in Wales: February 2015

Data includes information by learning centre type, gender and value of EMA awarded.

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The Education Maintenance Allowances Wales scheme was introduced for 16 year olds for the first time in 2004/05. In 2005/06, the scheme was extended to include 16 and 17 year olds and, in 2006/07, 18 year olds. The scheme is designed to provide an incentive for students from lower-income families to continue and remain in full-time education. It is a weekly allowance linked to satisfactory attendance, for eligible students attending learning centres in Wales.