Eh? I'm probably missing something here, but what exactly is the link between EMA and the school discos/ theme nights? With all due respect to Dinahcat I'm a bit baffled: and am I wrong in my understanding that EMA has now been scrapped?I can't help thinking that an 'Only Way Is Essex' theme night organised by the Grecians and a Pyjama party for 13 and 14 year olds held in the Grecians Club is just reinforcing the idea that that EMA is money for nothing and having a 'good time' in the worst possible taste is OK.
In my own experience, I would not agree that the school take a liberal approach to cigarettes and alcohol; there are clear policies and sanctions set out. Of course teenagers will want to break the rules, that goes with the territory, but from what I know of my friendsâ€™ children I would say that it is far easier for them to experiment with underage smoking and drinking than it has been for my boys in a boarding environment. Our HM has always seemed particularly alert to evidence of such problems; I remember that he once even took the precaution of breathalysing DS because he â€œseemed suspiciously cheerfulâ€â€“ fortunately DS hadnâ€™t been drinking, he was simply in an uncharacteristically good mood!
My specific gripe with the EMA is not what the children did with it, so much as the fact that they were not required to use the allowance for its intended purpose. EMA was intended to help cover the costs of travel, text books etc., to enable children from low income households to remain in post-16 education. It always seemed anomalous to me that at CH, where the Foundation were already funding these costs, pupils in receipt of EMA were not required to contribute a penny of it towards the cost of their education. Iâ€™m quite sure that if, in the same family, the parents had received an additional annual benefit of Â£1500 to help with living costs, this money would have been included in the financial assessment and their contribution increased accordingly. Oh well, this is all water under the bridge; EMA has now been scrapped, and hopefully CH will benefit much more directly from whatever replaces it.
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Thanks SAS. Do you know whether in the case of a charitable school like CH, which already subsidises the education of low-income pupils, they are able to use this means-tested bursary to support the endowment fund? Or will they be obliged to distribute it as 'pocket money' to the individual students who have applied?EMA has already been replaced with a means-tested bursary for 16-19 year olds. The money is applied for by parents and student via the school (another form to fill) and the school receives the money which is distributes to the student.
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