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The LSC does not collect information specifically about completion rates for learners in receipt of EMA and there are no recent estimates available. However, it would be reasonable to expect improvements in completion rates to contribute to increased attainment by EMA recipients. Recent analysis commissioned by the LSC shows significant positive impacts on the attainment of young people taking Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. These positive impacts have been particularly strong among more disadvantaged groups such as those from
the most deprived neighbourhoods and those who had previously achieved less well academically.
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked;
How many people were in receipt of the education maintenance allowance in each London borough in each year since its inception.
Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available at Local Authority Level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.
In the first year of national roll out EMA was available to all 16 year olds across England and to 17 and 18 year olds in former pilot areas (young people who are 19 are entitled to receive EMA in certain circumstances). In 2005/06 EMA roll out continued and EMA was available to all 16 and 17 year olds nationally. In 2006/07 EMA is available to all 16, 17 and 18 year olds nationally.
The following table shows EMA take-up for each London Local Authority area during each academic year since inception:
|Area type||Area name||2004/05||2005/06||2006/07||2007/08( 1)|
|(1) Year to date28 August 2007 to 31 May 2008.|
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