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Terms & Conditions

Refund Policy

Tuition and other fees are non-refundable as of the second scheduled  day of the course, unless the insurance option has been purchased by the student (see TUITION INSURANCE below). Students are given a trial period of one class wherein they are able to ask for a full refund. Purchased class time credit DOES expire and must be used within the time frame indicated for the amount of hours purchased. Credit hours do not have any cash value. The expiration time of hours begins at the scheduled time of the first class of the package, or 30 days  after purchase if the student fails to confirm the initial schedule. 

The registration fee ($25.00) is a one-time, non-refundable fee to offset the cost of consulting with, assessing, scheduling, and processing each student's enrollment within our school management system. It also covers your teacher's scheduling, training, insurance and communication costs— all separate expenses from class tuition.  Only in the event of a course cancellation, first-time enrolled students will be given a FULL REFUND, including a refund of the registration fee.

Private and semi-private classes are tailored to the needs and schedule of the enrolled students. In case of early withdrawal by the enrolled student(s) of a private and/or semi-private class that has been confirmed and scheduled with an instructor, the non-refundable retainer equal to 20%  of the total cost of tuition will be applied to any request for refund.

Tuition Insurance

Tuition Refund Insurance is an option that students may purchase for a small fee at the time of each 20-hour course enrollment. When covered with this insurance, a refund of tuition and fees would be offered to the student who must withdraw from any classes due to an injury, illness, or family emergency. Tuition Refund Insurance protects the financial investment a student makes in tuition at ILC.

What Tuition Refund Insurance Covers

This insurance covers a percentage of the tuition costs if a student withdraws from any classes due to injury, or illness. It also covers an amount graded by time spent in class for unforeseen circumstances prohibiting a student from attending class.lass.

What Tuition Refund Insurance Does Not Cover

Tuition Refund Insurance does not cover the following: war or any act of war, declared or undeclared; the use of any drug, narcotic or agent which is similarly classed or has similar effects, unless it is prescribed by a doctor; taking part in a riot; failure to attend classes for any reason other than injury or sickness; withdrawal, if the student receives full or partial credit for an incomplete course, or due to completion of pre-arranged academic requirements, or early graduation; suicide or intentionally self-inflicted injury or sickness; or nuclear reaction, nuclear radiation or radioactive contamination.


At the time of registration a student will be offered the opportunity to enroll in Tuition Refund Insurance. This will result in a non-refundable charge of $15.00 which will be added to your student account.  Students must opt to purchase the Tuition Refund Insurance immediately upon enrollment or within the first four hours of scheduled class at the latest.

Coverage Periods

Tuition Refund Insurance provides coverage for one 20-hour course. The insurance becomes effective at the start of the course once the first class meets. Tuition Insurance will be renewed upon each re-enrollment period until the student actively declines coverage by informing ILC prior to re-enrollment.

Coverage Schedule

Students who have purchased tuition insurance for a course at ILC and withdraw from the language course will receive a prorated assessment of tuition and fees according to the following schedule:

Grievances and Complaints

1. Introduction

Grievances and complaints are concerns, problems or complaints that students raise with their teachers and/or ILC administrative office.  These may be about any aspect of their class, the quality thereof, treatment that they have received, or relationships with other students. For the purpose of this procedure, a complaint is considered to be: An expression of significant or sustained dissatisfaction where a student seeks a specific action to address the issue. This policy is also used when dealing with complaints of bullying and/or harassment.  The purpose of this policy is to ensure that complaints are dealt with swiftly, fairly and consistently.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all students, contracted teachers and support staff at ILC in which the governing body has adopted them for use.  These policies have been adopted with appropriate modification to reflect teachers’ status as free-lance contractors.

3. Confidentiality

All grievance proceedings, including details of any investigation and statements relating to it, are confidential to the parties concerned, except for official ILC administrative staff which have a right to require disclosure of information.  Any breach of confidentiality may also be considered under the disciplinary policy.

4.  Exclusions

This policy does not apply to complaints of criminal activity: such complaints should be raised immediately via a direct Police Incident Report. Similarly, this policy will not be used to raise complaints where any other policy (such as the disciplinary policy) applies. 

The grievance policy will not be used to deal with complaints made after a class has ended, for any reason.  However, if a grievance has been raised and not concluded before a class has concluded, he or she will be invited to continue with the grievance process.

5.  Roles and Responsibilities

Any complaint raised under this policy should be made in good faith. Any complaint found to have been made for malicious, false or similar reasons may give cause for forfeit of class admission and tuition.  All teachers and students are expected to co-operate in the implementation of this policy and the accompanying Harassment and Bullying Policy (where applicable) both of which are intended to secure fair and reasonable treatment and equality of opportunity for all students.

Whether raised at the informal or formal stages of this process (see below) it is important that the student approaches the right person with his/her grievance.

Within the ILC office, the following applies: If the complaint is an informal one and involves other student(s) the student may make a direct approach to the individual(s) concerned.  Otherwise, he/she should directly approach the Instructor, Education Director, or the Managing Assistant (who may wish subsequently to delegate this matter to the Education Director, as appropriate) in order to explore resolution of the matter. Where the grievance is about the Instructor, it should be referred directly to the Education Director.  Where the Instructor has an informal grievance of his/her own, this should be referred to the Education Director in the same way.

The same principles apply within the formal stages (see below) of this procedure, with the grievance being submitted to the Head Teacher or Chair of Governors as appropriate.  The grievance would then be heard by the Head Teacher, or by the Hearings Committee of the Governing Body, accordingly. Where an employee reaches the appeal stage, he/she would lodge the appeal with the person, or the Chair of the Committee, who heard the first formal stage.  The Governors’ Appeal Committee will then be convened to hear the appeal.  For Head Teachers’ grievances, the formal grievance hearing will be carried out by the Governors’ Hearings Committee and any subsequent appeal by the Governors’ Appeal Committee.  

In exceptional circumstances, e.g. where the grievance is against the Governing Body and it is not possible for the Head Teacher or the governors to address the grievance, with the agreement of all the parties the grievance may be referred to the Director for Children and Young People (or his/her nominated representative).  A meeting of the respective parties will be called, usually in accordance with the timescales set out in this policy. 

In Voluntary Aided Schools an appropriate officer of the Diocesan Authority may be able to assist particularly if a complaint is against the Chair of Governors. However the complaint must ultimately be dealt with by the Governing Body, using the principles in this policy.

For “unattached” teachers employed directly by the Local Authority, a grievance would be raised with the immediate manager.  In the case of the grievance being about this person it would be raised with the manager’s manager. Hearings will be conducted by officers of the Local Authority, with any appeal being heard by a different (usually more senior) officer. 

6. Informal stage

Many grievances can be resolved informally and quickly, and there is an expectation that employees will seek to do this, without unreasonable delay, before formal steps are considered.  The relevant person (see paragraph 5 above) receiving the complaint will try to resolve it informally with the party or parties concerned wherever possible.  Where there is a dispute between employees, it may be appropriate to involve a trained mediator in these circumstances, with the various parties’ agreement.

7. Formal grievance process

If a complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved via informal measures then the employee raising it should set the complaint down in writing, without unreasonable delay, and state what steps have already been taken to resolve the grievance, and what he/she believes to be the solution to it.  This complaint should be given, together with any supporting documentation, to relevant person as set out in section 5 above.

7.1 Investigation

In some cases it may be necessary to carry out an investigation into the grievance. The amount of any investigation required will depend on the nature of the allegations and will vary from case to case. It may involve interviewing and taking statements from the employee and any witnesses, and/or reviewing relevant documents. The investigation may be carried out by the relevant person or someone else appointed by the relevant person.

The employee must co-operate fully and promptly in any investigation. This may include disclosing the names of any relevant witnesses, disclosing any relevant documents and attending interviews, as part of the investigation.

The investigation may be instigated before holding a grievance hearing where this is considered appropriate. In other cases the grievance hearing may be held before deciding what investigation (if any) to carry out. In such cases a further grievance hearing will be held with the employee after the investigation and before any decision is reached.

7.2 Hearing

The relevant person will arrange a hearing, usually within two working weeks of the employee’s written grievance being received although this may depend on what if any investigations are being carried out.

The hearing will be conducted in a manner which allows the employee to explain the grievance and how it might be resolved.

At the formal hearing the employee is entitled to be accompanied by a trade union representative or a workplace colleague.  The person accompanying will be allowed to address the hearing, to help state the employee’s case.  This person does not have the right to answer questions on the employee’s behalf. 

A decision may be given at the end of the hearing, but in any case will be set out in a written response to the employee within two working weeks.  This response may also contain what action is intended to resolve the grievance, if any part of it is upheld. 

In some cases it may be necessary to adjourn the process to allow for further investigation to take place in order to allow a thorough consideration of the grievance, and to make recommendations for action. If so, the employee will be kept informed regarding the process and a further grievance hearing will be held following the further investigations.

7.3 Appeal

If the employee feels that his/her grievance has not been satisfactorily resolved, then he/she may appeal against the findings. A written notice of appeal should be submitted, stating the grounds for the appeal.  An appeal hearing will be arranged, usually to take place within two working weeks. 

New evidence is admissible for an appeal, providing that it is submitted at least a week before the hearing.  The hearing will usually take the same format as the formal grievance hearing at 7.2 above.  The employee has the same right to be accompanied.

A written response will be issued to the employee within two weeks of the date of the hearing, unless further investigation or similar is required. The decision made at the appeal is final.  The employee will not be able to raise another grievance about the same matter.

 8. Collective grievances

A collective grievance occurs where a group of staff feel aggrieved about the same issue.  Where this occurs, the employees will be asked if they wish to have the grievance considered collectively and if so, whether they want to nominate one employee as a spokesperson. If the grievance is dealt with in this way it cannot then be raised by the same employees individually.  A collective grievance procedure will follow the same timescales and process as one raised individually.

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