Adult And Community Learning Service Fees Policy For 2018/2019


This fees policy covers activity classified as Adult Education Budget Community Learning, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency(ESFA) and sub-contracted to Inspire Learning for delivery in Nottinghamshire County.  Family Learning programmes (Wider Family Learning, Family English, Mathematics and Language) contracted to Inspire Learning for delivery Nottinghamshire County will be free of charge.

Implementation Date

this policy will take effect from 1 August 2018.

Tuition Fee

The hourly charge for Community Learning Employability and Health and Wellbeing Routes courses will be £4.00 per hour. The collection method is at the discretion of Inspire Learning.  Any course with examination fees will be covered within the course fees.  Exemptions/remissions in respect of course fees are listed in 4 & 5.


The following provision within Community Learning will be exempt from fees:

  • Customised Provision for Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LLDD): discrete provision for LLDD cohorts will be exempt for fees. Individual members of the LLDD cohort enrolling on PCDL courses will be charged fees unless they are covered by one of the remissions detailed under section 6, below.
  • Discrete Courses for Volunteers: prior approval for remission is required from the Team Manager, Community Learning and Skills Service.


Learners in receipt of the following benefits will be eligible for fee remission:

  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance (not contribution based)
  • Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support ( Not Single Person’s Discount)
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit (not savings credit)
  • Unwaged Dependents of those in receipt of the above benefits.
  • Identified elements of Universal Credit.

All benefits claimants will be required to provide evidence of their benefit status to qualify for fee remission.

Discretionary Remissions

There are some categories of learners, for example but not exclusively travellers, the homeless and hostel dwellers who, whilst not necessarily in receipt of benefits, are clearly unable to contribute to the cost of their learning. In such instances, Inspire Learning may agree discretionary fee remission to groups of learners or individual learners without the prior consent of the ESFA.  Records of all such discretionary remissions will be retained.


Tuition fees are refundable in a small number of circumstances, for example if a course is terminated by Inspire Learning or if a learner has exceptional circumstances (e.g. medical grounds). If cancelled once the course has started, Learners will only be refunded for sessions not attended. Learners who choose to leave before the course is completed will not be eligible for a refund.   All refunds are given at the discretion of Inspire Learning. 

Refunds will be made by the learner’s initial payment method. If payment was made in cash this will be refunded by cheque to the learner’s home address.

If you wish to apply for a refund, complete the fund request form below. 

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