Poverty Proofing at levenmouth
Cost of The School Day Statement
At Levenmouth Academy, we recognise that there can often be financial barriers to education for all our young people, and particularly those living in poverty. We realise that we need to reduce the Cost of the School Day for our pupils, and in doing so “poverty proof” our school community. We want, and therefore must enable, all our young people to take full and equal advantage of the opportunities available to them and we are constantly reviewing how we can reduce extra costs for parents and carers. Achieving Equity and Excellence is a key priority for our 2020/2021 School Improvement Plan.
Unfortunately, some of these initiatives are subject to COVID-19 restrictions. However, we are working to find creative ways to still provide each and every young person with opportunities.
There are a number of ways in which we are already doing this; uniform, travel, food and drink, the provision of subject specific equipment, wellbeing, clubs, and recently, the provision for home/remote learning.
The Child Poverty Action Group have created a resource aimed at supporting families facing financial barriers around education and aims to make sure that these families get the support they need. Click the link to find out more about the Cost of The School Day toolkit can be viewed as a PDF at Cost of the School Day
Cost of The School Day Survey
Levenmouth Academy wants to make sure that all children are able to make the most of the school day and that no child misses out on anything. Your answers to this survey will help us check whether school costs are causing any concerns for our families and children and whether there is anything that we can do to help out. Your voice is really important and we want to hear from as many parents and carers as possible. We promise to listen to what’s been said and take action where it’s needed.
Financial Support for Families and Young People
As part of our School Improvement Plan, Levenmouth Academy is working to make our school curriculum equitable and accessible for all while striving for excellence in all areas. In our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aiming to ‘build back better’, by ensuring we effectively rebuild, recover and reconnect while supporting our pupils to achieve positive outcomes.
The following link may provide support or further information for families and young people facing financial difficulties. These include Free School Meals, Clothing Grants, information about the Educational Maintenance Allowance, Trust Funds, Food Banks and Emergency Food Supplies, Period Poverty and COVID-19 support for families.
If money is something that is on your mind, Citizens Advice offer a great tool to help you look at increasing your income by checking you are claiming everything you are entitled to, reducing your bills and easing the cost of daily living.
Staying safe and keeping well
Please see the document from Fife Council which has lots of helpful information and advice about how to keep safe and well over the festive period.
warm home discount scheme
If you are on a low income you could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The money is not paid to you - it's a one-off discount on your energy bill, between October and March. You can still qualify for the discount if you use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter. The discount will not affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.
Follow the link below for full details including eligibility and links to providers websites.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Free School Meals & School Clothing Grants
Free School Meals and School Clothing Grants 2021/2022
Fife Council provide free school meals and a school clothing grant of £100.00 per child if you are on a low income.
To qualify for free schools meals and school clothing grant you must be in receipt of one of the following:
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Child Tax Credit only with annual income below £16,105
- Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit with annual income below £6900
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit including those with a take home of pay of up to £610 per month
- Long Term Incapacity Benefit (school clothing grant only)
- Widows Allowance if not in full time employment (school clothing grant only)
- Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit with annual income below £16,105 (school clothing grant only
If you don’t meet this criteria but your child is in P1-3, they can still receive free school meals. Free school milk will only be given if the above criteria is met.
How to Apply
If you don’t have access to a PC or mobile device with an internet connection, you can use:
- Self Service PC’s available at some local offices
- EzFife PC’s at any community library in Fife Council
- Internet cafes
- A friend or relatives PC or mobile device where this is internet access
If you need help completing the application form you can contact us
- Online: www.fifedirect.org.uk/contactrevenues; or
- Tel: 03451 55 11 55
Once you have made an application you will need to provide evidence to support your claim. This should be the most up to date, original, award letter for the benefit you receive.
The options for providing evidence are:
- upload; or
- hand in to your local office by appointment; or
- send to the Benefits and Council Tax team at the address below.
You don't need to provide evidence of income if you already receive:
- Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction.
If your child/children receive free school meals. You must notify us of any changes to your household details, for example, if:
- you change address
- your child changes school
- your child leaves school
Report a change
- Online: Report a Change Online
- Tel: 03451 55 11 55
- Write to us : at your local office
For more information on Free School Meals and School Clothing Grants contact the Benefits and Council Tax Enquiries Team:
- Online: Contact Council Tax Enquiries online
- Tel: 03451 55 11 55
- By Post: Rothesay House, Rothesay Place, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5PQ.
For more information on Managing Your Benefits, Living on a Budget or Help to Find Work, please see our Benefits Section: www.fifedirect.org.uk/benefits
Education Maintenance Allowance
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment of £30 for young people who are planning to continue in post-compulsory education from August 2021.
- Pupils born between 1st March 2002 and 30th September 2005 may be eligible for an award starting in August 2021.
- Pupils born between 1st October 2005 and 28th February 2006 may be eligible for an award starting in January 2022. Pupils eligible from January 2022 do not need to wait until January to submit their application form.
The taxable household income between April 2020 and April 2021 determines the award:
- Income of up to £24,421 (for families with a single dependant child) - £30
- Income of up to £26,884 (for families with more than one dependant child) - £30
Dependant children are all those up to the age of 16, and those over the age of 16 and up to the age of 25 if they're in full time or higher education courses.
If there's a significant change in financial circumstances within the household since financial year 2020/21, you may be eligible to apply for an in-year reassessment during the current academic year. This is possible where your income for the current financial year has fallen from over £24,421 or £26,884 to within the EMA thresholds. Any award made will be classed as provisional.
All payments are paid directly into the pupils’ bank account, normally on a fortnightly basis and you can see a list of payment dates by clicking the EMA Payment Dates button at the top of the page.
EMA is paid in addition to other support and benefits provided by the government. No one will lose out on any other money if the pupil's in receipt of an EMA. It won't affect the parent’s Child Benefit or any money the pupil earns from a part-time job.
The pupil must attend all their course sessions and sign an EMA Learning Agreement with their school. This agreement details what is expected of them in terms of attendance, coursework and progress.
If you don’t have access to a PC or mobile device with an internet connection, please contact your school for advice on how they can help.
If you're eligible from August 2021, the application will only be backdated to the 11th of August 2021 if we receive it by 30th September 2021. Otherwise, the EMA will start from the date the application's received.
If you're eligible from January 2022, the application will only be backdated to 8th January 2022 if we receive it by 28th February 2022. Otherwise, the EMA will start from the date the application's received.
You need to complete a new application each academic year. No applications can usually be made after 31st March each year until the application process is re-opened. However for the last 2 school years we have been accepting applications until the end of the summer term due to the impact of the pandemic. This may change depending on guidance from the Scottish Government.
Before you contact us, you may find it useful to view our list of frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. If you still need some more help, you can contact us by emailing email@example.com. Please include your phone number so we can call you back.
PLEASE NOTE: The above information is only applicable to pupils attending school or being home educated in Fife. This information is not relevant for young people attending school in England, Ireland or Wales. If you require information regarding an EMA for attending college, please contact the college you'll be attending.
EMA Payment Dates at EMA Payment Dates 2021/2022
EMA FAQs available FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - EMA
EMA Team, PO BOX 18015, Glenrothes, KY7 5YJ
Tel: 03451 55 11 55 Contact EMA Team, PO BOX 18015, Glenrothes, KY7 5YJ online
Scotland was the first country in the world to provide free sanitary products for all people who menstruate.
Levenmouth Academy has supplies available to those who wish to take them. These can be collected from all toilet blocks throughout the school and from a number of classrooms.
This is an opportunity for pupils, after a referral from Pupil Support, to access a shower at any point that they require. They can wash their hair, brush their teeth, and apply deodorant. Pupils can also have their clothes washed, dried and replaced if necessary. This is a discreet service which is supported by caring and kind professionals.
We offer FREE hygiene bags to any young person or family who requires these. These include deodorant, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste/brush all in a gym bag
Good personal hygiene can contribute to a more positive body image, improved mental health, and in turn improve our own personal wellbeing. However, we recognise that not everyone has access to, or can afford, basic hygiene products and this can have a negative impact on attendance and attainment at school.
Therefore, we have a large collection of toiletry packs for those who wish to take them to use. These include shampoo, shower gel and deodorant. If you would like one of these, please speak to your Pupil Support teacher or Miss Wilson in A203.
Levenmouth Academy provide a new Junior Phase Tie to ALL of our new S1 pupils
In our Senior Phase, we "trade in" the Junior Phase Tie for a Senior Phase Tie.
This is free of charge to all families regardless of their SIMD
Young people from low-income households are entitled to Free School Meals and a Clothing Grant of £100 per child. You can find more information on this by clicking here.
Additionally, we collect new and pre-worn uniform items to create a clothing bank to provide for pupils.
If you would like to collect any items, please speak to your Pupil Support teacher.
poverty proofing the curriculum
Levenmouth Academy do not charge for ANY curricular provision We do not charge young people for minibus travel
Some examples include:
To support our senior pupils, Levenmouth Academy has a subscription to Digital Theatre Plus. This allows pupils to view recorded performances of live theatre which they need to view as part of their Drama course. Levenmouth Academy is one of the only schools in Fife to provide this resource for pupils.
We do not ask pupils to pay for anything in Home Economics. All food containers, food items and made such as fabric garments for fashion textiles, design and manufacture are fully funded by the school. We are the first Home Economics department in Fife to fully fund such curricula and are the only one to fully fund such an extensive range.
Art and Design
There are a number of resources available to pupils:
- Make Bank - a company who provide S4-S6 pupils with art and photography material packs if they meet their success criteria and are hoping to continue their studies in the expressive arts.
- We provide pupils with the key materials required to deliver all our S1-S6 courses.
- We all now use Teams to support and provide coursework and resources, so all pupils have access even if they are working from home.
We provide an online essential guide for key vocabulary in the BGE going forward.
Pupils who receive Free School Meals also receive free instrumental music.
The school has a wide range of resources to support learning and teaching and there are over 6000 books in total in the library, split evenly between non-fiction and fiction and reference to cater for all ability levels in the school. There is also a dedicated section for study guides and revision guides for both National 5 and Higher and access to IT facilities too. The school librarian also runs a book group and chess club after school and the library is open for independent study for all pupils at the end of each school day. Pupils can borrow up to three items for three weeks which can be renewed for longer should they still be required.
PLEASE NOTE: The above information is only applicable to pupils attending school or being Home Educated in Fife. This information in not relevant for young people attending school in England, Ireland or Wales. If you require information regarding an EMA for attending College please contact the College you will be attending.