There is no application fee or centre fee. There is just a simple fee per enrolled learner. This is set at the time of enrolment and will not change for the duration of the course.
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Centres collect fees and remit the agreed sum(s) to MAEL. There is an initial registration fee of £175 per adult learner. Once registration is complete the full course fees become payable, whether or not the learner completes the course.
Payment should normally be made by inter-bank electronic transfer, to the benefit of MAEL’s HSBC account (sort code 40-40-32, account 31405810). All payments must be in pounds sterling (GBP). Any bank fees are paid by the teaching centre. Operational constraints may occasionally make the use of an alternative bank account necessary, and centres will be notified in such cases.
The fees to MAEL (after the registration fee is paid) for Early Childhood courses starting in 2018 are:paid as a single lump sum on or before the first day of the course, £970.00: paid as three instalments, on the first day of each of the first three terms of the cours,: £340.00: paid monthly, by twelve equal instalments, on the first day of the course and the same day each following month: £97.00
MAEL reserves the right to charge interest on late payments. This will be set at 5% over libor. If fees are in arrears, MAEL will withhold course materials and/or results until this is rectified.
Teaching centres set their own tuition fees, they are responsible for collecting them and forwarding the appropriate amount to MAEL. It is assumed that course fees will be set by teaching centres with an eye to the fees charged by KSMC. MAEL’s fee will typically be set at 25% of KSMC’s tuition fees. Once a course has started, fees will remain fixed for that course. Annual increases(each September) will only exceed the UK retail price index of inflation in exceptional circumstances. At least a term’s notice of increases will be given.
The benefits of using an MAEL course are:
* The status and quality assurance of using a course which has been extensively accredited and is recognised by UK government agencies;
* A detailed syllabus and scheme of work which has been developed over many years;
* An online assessment scheme which is independently marked and written feedback given on all formative assessments;
* Access for students to exclusive online resources, including video clips of all the main Montessori presentations;
* Access to advice and support by phone or email, throughout the course and without additional charge.
* An annual visit by expert verifiers to conduct examinations, moderate coursework and evaluate teaching practice sites. This is included in the fees provided the cohort size is 12 or more. For a smaller cohort, or if a repeat visit is necessitated, a proportion of the cost of travel (by economy flight/45p per mile inland) and subsistence (3* hotel) will be charged to the centre. In any case, the centre will arrange travel during the visit.
MAEL’s responsibilities to its Centres.
MAEL undertakes to provide all necessary and effective guidance in respect of delivery of the qualifications which it makes available. It will provide any information which the Centre may reasonably request MAEL to provide, for the purpose of effective delivery of the qualification and to support adult learners on the programme, and will evaluate the Centre’s competence to deliver a qualification before entering into any agreement. This evaluation will entail, at the least, a face-to-face meeting and a visit to inspect the proposed facilities.
Following approval, MAEL will organise an induction process for the new Centre.
For all available qualifications, MAEL ensures (via the agreement and moderation visits) that each Teaching Centre has available any information they may reasonably require in order to prepare adult learners for the assessments (including information for prospective learners.) A detailed syllabus specification will be provided to all Teaching Centres and a summary for learners, and a qualification operation handbook and an assessment handbook will also be provided. Other information will be shared on an ad hoc basis when they need for it arises. All teaching centres will be provided with the same information. At least one approved training meeting will be held each year in the UK, to which all centres will be invited to send representative(s).
MAEL will act with propriety and in accordance with published policies in all its dealings with teaching centres. Any appeal will be dealt with in accordance with published policy. Teaching Centres will be treated equally and where additional information has been provided to one of them, it will be circulated via a e-newsletter to the others. Accurate records of all enrolled learners, submitted assessments, grading decisions and certifications will be kept.
MAEL will also invite feedback (via the Teachers’ Panel) on the burden of its arrangements and any suggestions to simplify procedures. It will work actively to reduce any such burden where possible.
MAEL accepts the following legal responsibilities in respect of its approved centres:
● To promptly fulfil all contractual undertakings
● To evaluate a third party’s (either a centre or an employee or a consultant) willingness to act in a way that will enable MAEL to comply with its conditions of recognition with any accrediting body, before entering into any arrangement with the third party
● To ensure that it has arrangements with third parties that reflect the conditions appropriate to the party’s role (e.g. examiner, IT consultant, printer, courier, etc.) that enable it to meet the conditions of recognition, and to act quickly and appropriately if it finds any third party actions put at risk is ability to comply with the said conditions. Enforcing such arrangements when necessary
● To keep up-to-date records of the third parties with which it works and of their role in the development, delivery and award of qualifications
● To seek feedback from third parties on the b