Information on our courses and the EU grant programme ErasmusPlus
TELLConsult involves experts and (former) project partners in the running of its courses. They include the Universities of Cambridge, Central Lancashire, Cardiff MET, HULL (UK), Nice (France), Antwerp & PXL (Belgium), OU Catalunya (Spain), Istanbul University (Turkey) and other HE, Further Education and associated schools parties.
For an overview of the international team of course moderators involved and their bios click here
Our courses have also been published in the course catalogue tool at the Teacher Academy section of the SchoolEducationGateway portal according to the EU quality guidelines and hence eligible for ErasmusPlus KA1 funding.
Answers to your most frequently asked questions.
How many hours of tuition are involved in the 6-day courses?
The total number of hours is 40. Our courses start at 9 am and finish at 5 pm with a lunch break of one hour. To support flexible travel for all international participants the first course day starts late in the afternoon (usually at 5 pm.) and includes a local intercultural event in the evening.
How can I participate in the courses offered?
To apply for a place on the course you will need to pre-register. Once accepted you will receive information how to finalise your registration by paying the course fee. See the links to the pre-registration forms for our courses here.
Can I get a grant for these courses?
These courses are based on EU project results and are therefore most likely to get support from the European Commission under the new ErasmusPlus Key Action 1 Mobility programme. Find more information on this programme below.
After I have received confirmation of my pre-registration can I already start booking my travel arrangements?
This action is discouraged as the course director will decide on course confirmation (a go/no go) once enough full registrations have been realised (= course fees paid). In case the course needs to be cancelled only course fees will be refunded.
I need evidence for my course payment, how can I get this?
A signed & stamped document (in scanned format) of course fee payment will be sent to the e-mail address of the school you provided in the week after the course confirmation. Proof of attendance and possible other required documents will be sent within 5 days after the end of the course.
What is meant with the `go/no go for the course`, i. e. does it refer to me being selected to attend the course from a broader number of candidates, or to the course being held at all?
Some 2.5 months before the startdate of the course involved the course director will confirm running the course if and when there are enough full registrations (= course fees paid) to cover the costs of the course (preparations, expert fees, etc). Registered participants will be informed and – in case of a go – be sent an elaborate document advising on travel, accomodation and meeting venues.
You are expected to deal with this personally, However, once the decision is made to run the course (some 10 weeks before the start date) all full registrations will be sent an info brochure including suggestions for affordable hotels and student accomodation.
Assuming this is before the course confirmation date you are expected to inform the course director in writing as soon as possible. As with all course related personal communication make sure to include the course number involved. Beware that cancellations after course confirmation date have financial implications.
If there are more applicants than available places you will be put on a reserve list. The course coordinator will inform you about this. This position is not uncommon as the coordinator takes into account that many pre-registrants are confronted with the fact that grant allocation by national agencies to school plans may take a while. If you do not want to run any risks in this respect you are advised to pre-finance the course fee yourself, well ahead of the registration deadline.
In case we have to cancel the course (e.g. no break-even realised due to lack of interest) your money will be reimbursed. Whether you can opt for another course depends very much on your National Agency policy, they may differ per country. So you are best advised to contact them.
What can I do if I have a question that is not answered here?
If your message or query is of a personal nature – send an e-mail to tell.consult AT gmail.com
NB If already pre-registered please include the number of the course you applied for.
The information below is based on publications related the Erasmus+ KA1 programme. We consulted documents such as The programme Guide available in various language versions at the EU Erasmus+ site: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources_en.
The UK National Agency publishes guides to support KA1 applications. More details will be published whenever more information is provided by The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) on the arrangements for course grants and other terms for course provision.
Related page on this site: Erasmus+ Grant Application Support page
I am totally unfamiliar with these EU grants, can you provide more information please?
The Erasmus+ KA1 programme is meant to enable educational institutions to apply for grants at their national agency for their employees (educationalists, (student) teachers and teacher educators who work (part-time) in Education and who are EU citizens (or inhabitants of aspiring countries) to attend these courses. These organisations decide on grant allocation based on the quality of the project proposal submitted by your organisation. TELLConsult doesn’t handle any grant applications and has no influence on who will be given a grant.
Find more introduction to grants and how to apply for them here. Please check with your national agency on potential national differences and annual changes.
In case I am not eligble for an EU grant or the deadline for grant application is passed, can I still register for the course?
Yes, the courses are open to anybody.
How can I secure a place on the course?
Paid registrations count as secure places. Once you have pre-registered you will be informed on how you / the school can transfer the course fee.
Our school has received confirmation from our national agency that their internationalisation plan, including the professional development activities, has been approved. I have been given the green light to attend the course. What is the next step?
To secure your place on the course you / your school will need to pay the course fee. This needs to be done as soon as possibe but ultimately within a week after the school has received the invoice for the course you pre-registered for.
The school will be receiving the grant but the money will not be available on time for me to meet the deadline for paying the course. As I can’t afford to pay the total amount of the course fee before I receive the grant I wondered if I could make a deposit of the payment instead and so realise my full registration.
Contact the course director personally. Possibly an arrangement can be made for a semi-full registration if you can pre-finance part of the fee and can formally declare the rest to be paid in 3 weeks time after the course confirmation at the latest. Please understand that the go / no go decision has so much impact on all involved (e.g. travel expenses) it needs to be taken on factual information.
[latest update of this page 12/01/2018]
ERASMUS+ EU FUNDING FOR TEACHERS (updated 08/01/2018)
For European Union Nationals, and those from non-EU Programme countries, ErasmusPlus funding is available for continuing professional development and other training under the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
Erasmus+ helps to cover course fees, travel costs, subsistence costs and preparation costs for teachers and trainers who wish to travel to another EU country for professional development.
The Teacher Development courses coordinated by TELLConsult are eligible for Erasmus+ funding.
Information on guidelines of eligibility, grant criteria and application procedures can be found in the Erasmus+ programme guide. See more information in English on the FAQ page of the UK ErasmusPlus organisation or find your national pages at the EU ErasmusPlus site.
If your school would like TELLConsult’s support for the development of the grant application please contact us.
If you have any other questions check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below please
The deadline for Erasmus+ funding applications in 2018 is February 1, (Noon, CET)
Steps to take to start your application:
1. Identify the persons in your organisation who is responsible for staff development and/or internationalisationand talk to them about EU funding and the course(s) your are interested in.
2. If your school does not have one already, contribute to drawing up a European Development Plan. This should identify your school’s development and training objectives for the next one or two years, underlining its European dimension.
3.Find out which of (our) course(s) is your personal priority and is right for your organisation.
4. If you or your school has not already registered with the Education Participant Portal, then point management to these resources: http://ec.europa.eu/education/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html or here:
5. A step-by-step guide (for UK citizens) can be found here: https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/about-erasmus
This process will give the school a Personal Identification Code (PIC) number, which you will need for your application.
6. Once you have done this, you can start to complete the application forms. Select the application form that is relevant for your work context.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It replaces previous programmes such as Comenius, Grundtvig and Erasmus.
For more information, go to the Erasmus+ website .
Who can benefit from this funding?
The programme is open to teachers, trainers and students from all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Which part of the Erasmus+ programme do I have to apply under?
You must apply under ‘Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals’.
Can I apply as an individual?
Under Erasmus+ only organisations can apply. Your school/college/institution is an organisation, so you can apply through your school. The training you apply for has to fit into your School/European Development Plan.
What is a European Development Plan?
Each school should have a development plan (sometimes called a ‘school development plan,’ sometimes a ‘European development plan’).
This is a document which describes the training and professional development taking place in your school, and how it fits with European objectives. Your school can have a development plan for one or two years.
The final funding application should be for the total amount necessary for all staff training.
Is my school / college / university / institution an organisation?
Your school counts as an organisation, and you can apply through your school. Before your school can apply for funding, a nominated person will need to register with the European Commission Participation Portal.
Once this has been done, this person will need to register the school/organisation and get a PIC number.
For more information, Erasmus+ have provided a step-by-step guide to completing this process.
Who do I contact in my school?
It will probably be the head of the school, possibly a deputy head charged with internationaisation policies or whoever is responsible for training and development
How much money can I apply for?
Your school must apply for the total amount needed to cover all training as identified in the European Development plan. The money will cover course fees, travel costs and living and accommodation expenses while abroad.
When do I have to apply?
The deadline in 2018 is February 1, (Noon, CET)
All applications have to be made through your National Agency
Where can I find an application form?
Application forms should be available on your National Agency website
When will I know if I have been successful?
You will be told if you have been successful within a maximum 10-12 weeks of the application deadline. This means that all courses offered by us in 2015 will be eligible for funding.
I have previously had Comenius funding. Can I apply for Erasmus+ funding?
Also, see the European Commission’s info page on Erasmus+.
National agencies are the body in your country who are responsible for applications and information for the Erasmus+ programme. Find your National Agency.
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