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tessb Avatar
7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
My son gets EMA at £30 per week. He is off school ill today, and has been told her will lose a full week's EMA. Will he also lose his bonus at Christmas? The school didn't know.

Thanks.
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1 Like #1
He shouldn't lose it if you send a note to say he was ill

http://paget.school-site.net/Resources/Departments/1%20Home/4%20Sixth%20Form/EMA_CONTRACT.pdf





Contact the school before 10.00 am to report illness/sickness for up to 5 days
• Obtain satisfactory and appropriate evidence of absence for up to 5 days illness/sickness. This could be a
letter, medical note or phone call from parent/guardian on first day of return from illness/sickness
1 Like #2
Pretty sure if you get a docs note (if the illness is of that severity) or a letter from yourself to the school explaining that your son was ill on the xth of Nov 2009 then they'll credit him with his week's EMA and it won't affect his bonus.

That's how it worked at my gf's school when she was in sixth form.
#3
Thanks Jeany, he is so upset about losing one week, he'd be devastated if he lost the bonus too :)
#4
oldmanhouse
Pretty sure if you get a docs note (if the illness is of that severity) or a letter from yourself to the school explaining that your son was ill on the xth of Nov 2009 then they'll credit him with his week's EMA and it won't affect his bonus.

That's how it worked at my gf's school when she was in sixth form.


I phoned the school this morning and they said that I had to send a note in but he'd still lose a full week's money. I can't seem to find any info about it online anywhere though. It's a but crappy, it's like saying if you're taking a day off ill you may as well take the whole week off!
#5
Whoops!
#6
Oooops again
#7
oh that is bad..not much incentive to go back in then for the rest of the week?
#8
i thought EMA was only available to college students? or is he at 6th form?
banned#9
stick ema and sickness into google
#10
Nope, none at all really. I feel bad because it was me who made him stay at home this morning, there was no way he was fit to go in but he was insisting on going in anyway, so I refused to take him to school, and now he has lost the £30
#11
EADG123
i thought EMA was only available to college students? or is he at 6th form?


Most people here stay on at school to do A levels, so he's in 6th form at school
#12
tessb
Most people here stay on at school to do A levels, so he's in 6th form at school


oh right i see, i thought they were actually paying school children to attend for a minute there, which would be crackers! what country are you in?
#13
He will lose this weeks money but not christmas if he has attended over 95% of the time he should have this term (my son lost a full week last week for being 20 mins late due to the bus!)
#14
EADG123
oh right i see, i thought they were actually paying school children to attend for a minute there, which would be crackers! what country are you in?


Northern Ireland :)
#15
how much does he get for xmas?
#16
[COLOR="Red"]BRB..........going to earn some money that will get taxed that will pay for your son's EMA. [/COLOR]
#17
MzKath
He will lose this weeks money but not christmas if he has attended over 95% of the time he should have this term (my son lost a full week last week for being 20 mins late due to the bus!)


It's really strict, isn't it? I feel sorry for him, he's not touched a penny of his EMA since he started getting it as he has been saving for a computer for himself, and I've stopped giving him pocket money cos he has more cash for himself in a week than I do, so missing £30 is a big dent in his plans.
#18
The JFK
[COLOR="Red"]BRB..........going to earn some money that will get taxed that will pay for your son's EMA. [/COLOR]


Thanks very much, I appreciate it. I have a daughter who will be getting it in 2 years too :)
#19
Tanchi
how much does he get for xmas?


I think the Christmas bonus is £100!
#20
[COLOR="Red"]Do you have a job BTW?

Or do you just sit on the internet all day and claim benefits (that I pay for via taxation)?[/COLOR]
1 Like #21
tessb
I think the Christmas bonus is £100!


not bad, thats half a days work for me :whistling:
#22
The JFK
[COLOR="Red"]BRB..........going to earn some money that will get taxed that will pay for your son's EMA. [/COLOR]


can you work some overtime please to cover my daughters?
banned#23
The JFK
[COLOR="Red"]Do you have a job BTW?

Or do you just sit on the internet all day and claim benefits (that I pay for via taxation)?[/COLOR]


Apparently it's to 'break the cycle' so that the kids don't end up like the parents.
#24
The JFK
[COLOR="Red"]Do you have a job BTW?

Or do you just sit on the internet all day and claim benefits (that I pay for via taxation)?[/COLOR]


yeh except for benefit day when i go to the pub and spend it:whistling:
#25
The JFK
[COLOR="Red"]Do you have a job BTW?

Or do you just sit on the internet all day and claim benefits (that I pay for via taxation)?[/COLOR]


I do have a job, not that it's any of your business. I'm doing a PhD, so I'm a full time research student, on honorary contract with a hospital (that means while I'm technically employed by the hospital I don't get paid by them).
#26
Tanchi
not bad, thats half a days work for me :whistling:


I wish lol, it's 2 days money for me!! Just wait till I finish this PhD then I hope to be able to say something similar.
banned#27
tessb
I do have a job, not that it's any of your business. I'm doing a PhD, so I'm a full time research student, on honorary contract with a hospital (that means while I'm technically employed by the hospital I don't get paid by them).


Career student then:whistling:
#28
Hmm my mates still got the bonus last year when they missed a few days.
#29
tessb
I do have a job, not that it's any of your business. I'm doing a PhD, so I'm a full time research student, on honorary contract with a hospital (that means while I'm technically employed by the hospital I don't get paid by them).


good for you-but you don't need to justify yourself xx
#30
FilthAndFurry
Career student then:whistling:


Yes, as almost every PhD student is. Every one that is going to contribute something useful to society, that is.
banned#31
plumberman01
can you work some overtime please to cover my daughters?


You'd only get it if your household income was below £30,000.:?
#32
plumberman01
good for you-but you don't need to justify yourself xx


Yeah I know, I shouldn't get wound up by people who are obviously only trying to be inflammatory with their remarks, but I am quite proud of what I do :-D
1 Like #33
Phone EMA up and explain that you have informed the School of the absences as defined in the EMA contract and that the same contract states that if you phone before 10 am then no breach of the contract has took place. If however you phoned aft er 10am there is really nothing you can do about it as it's classed as an unauthorised absence.
1 Like #34
Hey i'm 17 and receieve £30 ema also im in my second year of recieveing it

More than likely he will not receieve this weeks payment, as you didnt let the college know he was off ill (big mistake, always ring up if you can or get a note in asap, keeps £30 in your pocket)

The christmas bonus (that comes end of january (stupidly) will depend on the original EMA contract he signed. It might say, subject to 95% attendance, and isnt usually related to one occassion. A lot of them are also subject to subject performance and effort

If it is just this one issue, then its more than likely his EMA bonus will go unaffected.

Goodluck with it, Colleges can be very pick, my first college was.

Bigpoppaaad
#35
Thanks, I phoned at 8.50am. I have phoned EMA and they say it is determined by the school and not them. I have drafted a letter for him to take into school tomorrow (providing he is better) saying
"Dear EMA administrator,
xxxxx was absent from school yesterday 19.11.09 as he was ill and unable to attend school. He is in receipt of EMA, and I contacted them to ask how this would affect his allowance. They said that this is decided by the school, so I am contacting you to ask if you could please consider his illness as an authorised absence as I contacted the school before 9am on the day of illness to advise that he would not be attending school, and on his return I have furnished him with a note explaining the reason for his absence.
Yours faithfully"
#36
dontasciime
Phone EMA up and explain that you have informed the School of the absences as defined in the EMA contract and that the same contract states that if you phone before 10 am then no breach of the contract has took place. If however you phoned aft er 10am there is really nothing you can do about it as it's classed as an unauthorised absence.


No dont phone EMA, they have nothing to do with it, it is the school who authorises it. All ema recieve is a yes or no to that weeks payment. Call the colleges attendance officer or who ever else is in charge, explain that he was ill and therefore they cant say it wasnt authorised.
#37
Bigpoppaad
Hey i'm 17 and receieve £30 ema also im in my second year of recieveing it

More than likely he will not receieve this weeks payment, as you didnt let the college know he was off ill (big mistake, always ring up if you can or get a note in asap, keeps £30 in your pocket)

The christmas bonus (that comes end of january (stupidly) will depend on the original EMA contract he signed. It might say, subject to 95% attendance, and isnt usually related to one occassion. A lot of them are also subject to subject performance and effort

If it is just this one issue, then its more than likely his EMA bonus will go unaffected.

Goodluck with it, Colleges can be very pick, my first college was.

Bigpoppaaad



Thanks for the reply, I did let the school know, I phoned them before 9am as requested in the school rules. I'll keep my fingers crossed for him that he gets it, I can't afford to reimburse him for it and feel guilty that I made him stay at home!
#38
tessb
Thanks, I phoned at 8.50am. I have phoned EMA and they say it is determined by the school and not them. I have drafted a letter for him to take into school tomorrow (providing he is better) saying
"Dear EMA administrator,
xxxxx was absent from school yesterday 19.11.09 as he was ill and unable to attend school. He is in receipt of EMA, and I contacted them to ask how this would affect his allowance. They said that this is decided by the school, so I am contacting you to ask if you could please consider his illness as an authorised absence as I contacted the school before 9am on the day of illness to advise that he would not be attending school, and on his return I have furnished him with a note explaining the reason for his absence.
Yours faithfully"


Thats all you can do, the school cant refuse that. His ema for this week should be fine and his bonus will deffo be OK (dont forget its a week in advance so tell us if he got it next week yeah :thumbsup: Curious to see if his college are as pinickity as my last was.


Good luck with it, I know how important EMA is for some people, luckily im no longer in that position (having moved in with my dad) but still recieve EMA because of the 3 year guarantee, Cant beat £30 for something you are going to be doing anyway!
#39
Thanks, I will let you know how it goes :)
1 Like #40
I received E.M.A when i was in school,
as far as i am aware it is the decision of the "guidance teacher" or head of year that determines if you qualify for the bonus.
they just tick a box and send it on.
E.M.A can be affected by behaviour and attendance among other things but it is all information obtained by the school and passed on to the E.M.A office.

hope this helps

peace x :thumbsup:

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