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Freedom of Information

Background

Roles and responsibilities
Léargas manages exchange and cooperation programmes in the formal, non-formal and informal education, training and youth sectors. For a full description, see the Programmes section of this website. For an overview of the different roles and responsibilities in Léargas, see Meet the team. In managing programmes, we gather information from applicants and beneficiaries which is stored online in European Commission databases and locally in the Léargas office.

For programme administration, the classes of records held are:

  • Programme information
  • Workplans and budgets for each programme
  • Application and report forms
  • Contact details for organisations and individuals
  • Eligibility and assessment records
  • Minutes of National Selection Committee meetings
  • Signed contracts
  • General correspondence
  • Financial records (grants payments, invoices etc.)
  • Narrative, financial, statistical and qualitative reports on projects and programmes
  • Reports on monitoring and audit visits
  • Responses to RFIs by National Authorities and other public bodies.

For day-to-day organisational work, the classes of records held are:

  • General correspondence
  • General administration records
  • Financial records
  • HR records
  • Bids and tenders
  • Operational and other contracts
  • Minutes of Board meetings
  • Observations and responses to National Authorities.

Much of this information is not shared publicly: staff in Léargas, the relevant government departments, the European Commission and other agencies and evaluators with whom Léargas works have access to the information for work purposes.

Information on funded organisations is provided on our website (for example here), as required by programme rules. Project details are also shared publicly on the European Commission’s Project Results Platform. Contact details of organisations are not displayed on this platform unless the organisation itself has chosen to do so.

Governance and management of Léargas are described here.

The Léargas strategy for 2018-2020 is available here: Strategy Statement.

Annual Reports

Organisation and pay grade
The number of staff at each pay grade is as follows:
Principal Officer: 1
Assistant PO: 4
Higher Executive Officer: 8
Executive Officer: 20
Clerical Officer: 4

Location and contact details

Links to other agencies: the NCGE operates under the aegis of Léargas.

Service Level Agreements:
A draft SLA is currently under review by the Department of Education and Skills and will be published here when approved.

Customer Charter: see the Léargas Quality Customer Charter.

Codes of Practice and Guidelines
See our Child Safeguarding Statement; our Privacy Policy and Legal Statement and other codes and procedures are available on our Governance page.

Services provided
Léargas manages exchange and cooperation programmes in the formal, non-formal and informal education, training and youth sectors. For a full description, see the Programmes section of this website.

How to access our services
For most programmes, there are deadlines each year by which you must apply for funding. See each programme’s section for more detail. To contact us, check the Meet the Team page or the Contact & Support section for each programme.

For most programmes, there is no cost; IAESTE requires an application fee.

How we administer the services
We administer the programmes according to European Commission and/or Departmental guidelines. For more details, see each programme’s ‘How to’ page.

How we manage appeals
The appeals process for Erasmus+ is detailed here (scroll down the page). We also operate under the guidelines of the Office of the Ombudsman.

Research on our work
Together with NUI Maynooth, Léargas is part of the RAY Network which is carrying out research into the impact of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action funding stream. You can read more about this on the Léargas blog.

Financial statements for Léargas are included in each year’s Annual Report.

Plans for Capital Expenditure: N/A at present.

Payments for goods and services. N/A at present.

Board members do not receive remuneration; details of their travel and subsistence expenses are included in each year’s Annual Report.

Léargas does not provide funding or sponsorship directly to non-public bodies. Public and non-public bodies may apply for project-grants under the programmes we manage. Details of funded organisations are provided in the relevant parts of the website, for example: Erasmus+ Youth Funded Projects

Procurement policies: Léargas follows the guidelines set by the Office of Government Procurement.

Léargas uses the eTenders website as required.

Public contracts awarded. One public contract awarded in 2016.

Léargas reports regularly on its FOI requests to the Department of Education and Skills.

Internal audits: Léargas Internal Audit Charter

Reports: Léargas publishes Annual Reports each year.

Lists of Erasmus+ funded projects are available on this site, each published under the ‘Funded projects’ menu item (e.g. for Erasmus+ School Education>Funded Projects).

The Léargas remit does not include making decisions on policy in the areas of education or youth work. However, Léargas provides input into policy making at both national and European level as requested by the relevant Government Departments or the European Commission. For more information on relevant policies check the Policy section of our Resources page.

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires FOI bodies to prepare and publish information in conformity with a model publication scheme or guidelines made by the Minister. This page contains such information, organised into tabs above.

The new Languages strategy and #ErasmusPlus can combine perfectly! Find out how at our Languages Connect Inspiration Day on 13 June in Dublin! Reserve your space today at: eventbrite.ie/e/languages-co…

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Visit the @EPALE_IE stand at #wheel18 summit today! @The_Wheel_IRL twitter.com/EPALE_IE/statu…

Our Business Management students are currently enjoying their ErasmusPlus placement in Ceuta, where they are learning many new language & vocational related skills. Follow their blog @ gtieurope2018.weebly.com/business-manag… #ErasmusPlus #Leargas #AppliedLearning #BusinessManagement 🇪🇸📈🖥️🌞 Retweeted by Léargas

Congratulations all! We hope the #ErasmusPlus experience will stand in good stead. twitter.com/GTIGALWAY/stat…

The May issue of Cedefop’s #SkillsetMatch magazine is out! Don't miss our main story for answers on how #digitalisation impacts #skills and #jobs ➡️ cedefop.europa.eu/en/publication… Retweeted by Léargas

We're very proud to work closely with @aontas, so we were delighted to hear CEO Niamh O'Reilly highlighting @EPALE_IE - @aontas cooperation today at #AONTASAGM2018. Retweeted by Léargas

Only a few days to go until @AfricaDay - get your free tickets here: bit.ly/FreeTicketAD Start planning how to travel to @opwfarmleigh, there are lots of options! 🛴🚲🚌🚃🚋🚶🏿‍♀️🚶🏼‍♂️🕺🏽 Retweeted by Léargas

Big ambitions need funding. To ensure Europe invest effectively in #youth, @EU_Commission #EUBudget proposal aims to double budget for successor to #ErasmusPlus & for #EUSolidarityCorps after 2020 - More info bit.ly/2KzFkLU #FutureOfEurope #EuropeanEducationArea Retweeted by Léargas

How is cultural learning for migrants offered and funded in each country? Don’t miss our online discussion about #migranteducation on 31 May at 10.00 CET. You can already share your views! bit.ly/2HKXk89 Retweeted by Léargas

Proud to present at #EYCS new #EUYouthStrategy focusing on engaging, connecting & empowering #youth. It is vital for Europe to see young people get together, participate in civic & democratic life and contribute to the #FutureOfEurope #EU2018BG Retweeted by Léargas

And well-deserved recoginition of JCSP Librarian Joe Kelly for his driving role in the innovative Student Arts Guarantee in Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun - a unique initiative in Irish education. #edchatie #artsineducation @jcspie @cdetbcdu @CityofDublinETB @PDST_Ireland twitter.com/TrinityCompLib… Retweeted by Léargas

#AONTAS Information Officer Brid Greenan is in Palermo Italy this week, as part of the second transnational meeting for the #ErasmusPlus #REVEAL project. Retweeted by Léargas

New #EUYouthStrategy is part of set of new initiatives aiming at boosting a European identity and building a stronger, more united & democratic Union #FutureOfEurope #EuropeanEducationArea #EYCS Retweeted by Léargas

What's new in a new 🇪🇺 #YouthStrategy 2019-2027? 👀 a new EU youth coordinator 🤝 renewed EU youth dialogue 🕵️‍♀️ greater outreach to disadvantaged 🔗 Better link btw EU #YouthPolicy & @EUErasmusPlus, #EUSolidarityCorps Learn more at ec.europa.eu/youth/news/eu-…. #FutureOfEurope Retweeted by Léargas

Working in primary education with a passion for #Languages? Don't miss this upcoming 'Inspiration Day' where we bring schools together to plan projects that combine the Languages Connect strategy with @EUErasmusPlus! Register now at: eventbrite.ie/e/languages-co…

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GTI Business Man. ErasmusPlus Blog: Week One Done & Dusted... gtieurope2018.weebly.com/business-manag…#ErasmusPlus #Leargas #GTIGalway #Ceuta #AppliedLearning #BusinessManagement 🇪🇸📈🖥️🌞 Retweeted by Léargas

Some of our teachers were busy this week in Sweden as part of our Erasmus plus project "Together Stronger" Watch “Hello from Sweden. Together Stronger 2018” vimeo.com/270644198?ref=… @ysgolpontyberem @eTwinningEurope @Leargas_eTwinn @leargas. Retweeted by Léargas

Do you work with young people in #Wexford? Learn about funding opportunities for projects involving young people at our Discovery Day with @Leargas Perfect compliment to #LEADER & #SICAP supports eventbrite.ie/e/discovery-da… Retweeted by Léargas

Super artistic work from @spacedoutpup Rachel who is currently on #EVS #erasmusplus with our friends in the Active Youths of Florina, funded through @Leargas #Greece #Ireland Retweeted by Léargas

GTI Fashion ErasmusPlus Blog: Trip to Geneva... gtieurope2018.weebly.com/fashion---fran… … … #ErasmusPlus #Leargas #GTIGalway #Grenoble #Geneva #AppliedLearning #FashionRetail 🇫🇷🇨🇭🚄🇪🇺 Retweeted by Léargas

@TrinityCompLib @PeterMcGuireIE @IrishTimes Great to see @TrinityCompLib implementing ideas from their @EUErasmusPlus project and being recognised as an innovative school by @IrishTimes 🇪🇺🇮🇪🇸🇪 Download our Project Directory & see how Irish schools are using #ErasmusPlus: leargas.ie/wp-content/upl…

Article by @PeterMcGuireIE which mentions our #ArtsGuarantee which has its roots in an @Leargas study visit to Vimmerby in Sweden Meet Ireland’s most innovative schools irishtimes.com/news/education… via @IrishTimes Retweeted by Léargas

Teachers! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 Erasmus+ Schools Week is a week long celebration of Erasmus+ activities in Schools around the country from the 24 - 28 Sept. Read more bit.ly/2rGBA2g 🇪🇺🇮🇪#EplusSchools2018

#ErasmusPlus isn’t just for young people! Over 5000 adult educators trained abroad under the programme in 2016. Learn more in our 2016 Annual Report: europa.eu/!rb64Db Retweeted by Léargas

Calling all teachers! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 We’d love to hear your students stories about how they #ChooseKind by promoting, recognising and celebrating acts of kindness in the classroom throughout the year. Find out more and enter our Wonder competition by 24 May. bit.ly/WonderCompetit…

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Working with young people? Develop your digital youth work skills at this study visit in Helsinki, 17 - 21 September 2018 . Learn about different digital youth work practices, approaches and share your own experience. bit.ly/2rGlAOM apply by 12 June.

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eTwinning has done its spring cleaning! This year has seen the launch of a number of new initiatives, including the eTwinning School and Monitoring eTwinning Practices. Enter the eTwinning portal and explore the exciting new pages and content. goo.gl/hHWhbw 👩‍💻👨‍💻

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Calling all teachers! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 We’d love to hear your students stories about how they #ChooseKind by promoting, recognising and celebrating acts of kindness in your classroom throughout the year. Find out more and enter our Wonder competition by 24 May. bit.ly/WonderCompetit…

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Teachers! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 Erasmus+ Schools Week is a week long celebration of Erasmus+ activities in Schools around the country from the 24 - 28 Sept. Read more here bit.ly/2rGBA2g 🇪🇺🇮🇪#EplusSchools2018

Check out the new look of the #eTwinning portal by clicking on the menu options! We love this new video explaining the use of the kits! Great job, @eTwinningEurope! @Leargas #eTwinningIRL #educationmatters etwinning.net/en/pub/project… bit.ly/eTwKit2018 Retweeted by Léargas

'Being #LGBT In School’ is a resource designed to prevent #homophobicandtransphobic bullying while supporting students inc focuses on coming out in secondary school, specific needs of transgender students, practical & support arrangements: schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/resourc… #IDAHOBIT2018 Retweeted by Léargas

Had our second meeting on Tuesday, focusing on the second transnational week in August here in Skibbereen! If you aren't following our Snapchat yet you're missing out⬇️ 🇮🇪🇷🇴 #ChangingMinds #ErasmusPlus Retweeted by Léargas

47% of #LGBTI people are victims of discrimination or harassment. No one should be discriminated against anywhere in the EU, because of who they love. Know your rights → ec.europa.eu/lgbti #IDAHOT Retweeted by Léargas

Happy International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia from all of us at Léargas! 🌈 🇪🇺 🏳️‍🌈🇮🇪#IDAHOTB #IDAHOTB2018 bit.ly/2KszU4c

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Celebrating #erasmusplus volunteers from Europe during #NVW2018! twitter.com/DepaulIreland/…

Charis has her Impact Research hat on and is in Poland this week, sharing the work she has done on #erasmusplus VET Mobility in Ireland and hearing about similar research elsewhere in Europe @EUErasmusPlus @Elva_Leargas @SiobhanLeargas twitter.com/Leargas_Charis…

Teachers! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 Erasmus+ Schools Week is a week long celebration of Erasmus+ activities in Schools around the country from the 24 - 28 Sept. Read more here bit.ly/2rGBA2g 🇪🇺🇮🇪#E+Schools2018

« eTwinning schools can change the path of #education for future »: the very encouraging words from @dublin_anne closing the conference in #Rome. #eTwschools18 #eTwinning Retweeted by Léargas

#etwschools18 And now it's time to think of the future of the #eTwinning School! Panel session, from theory to practice. @eTwinningEurope Retweeted by Léargas

Empowering eTwinning schools just begun.. a privilege to be here and part of a group who encourage inclusivity @Leargas @Leargas_etwinn @Sullyincork @gnugent82 @eTwinningEurope #eTwinningirl #eTwSchools18 Retweeted by Léargas

We really enjoyed hearing the @IrishRefugeeCo talk at @Leargas' Erasmus+ Inspiration Day. Read about @IrishRefugeeCo's #ErasmusPlus project on EPALE ec.europa.eu/epale/en/blog/… Retweeted by Léargas

Teachers! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 Erasmus+ Schools Week is a week long celebration of Erasmus+ activities in Schools around the country from the 24 - 28 Sept. Read more here bit.ly/2rGBA2g 🇪🇺🇮🇪#E+Schools2018

Presenting the possibilities of @EUErasmusPlus through non formal education methods and wrapping up our first cross sectoral #InspirationDay #Leargas

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Our Fashion students met with their hosts and are settling in to their retail placements in Grenoble, France 🇫🇷. GTI Fashion #ErasmusPlus Blog: gtieurope2018.weebly.com/fashion---fran… #AppliedLearning #France #GTIGalway #Leargas #Grenoble #fashion Retweeted by Léargas

How can #adulteducation ease the integration of #migrants and #refugees in the community? Share your story with us in the comments’ section bit.ly/2FB2uxH Retweeted by Léargas

Léargas

Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 30 years. Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Croatia, Denmark and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
Léargas
LéargasThursday, May 24th, 2018 at 5:30am
The new Languages strategy and #ErasmusPlus can combine perfectly! Find out how at our Languages Connect Inspiration Day on 13 June in Dublin! Reserve your space today at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/languages-connect-erasmus-inspiration-day-for-primary-schools-tickets-46221264045
Léargas
LéargasWednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 8:10am
Calling all youth workers! EYEOpener offers an international learning experience to young people and practitioners active in youth work, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects within the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. http://bit.ly/2Ikit5q
Léargas
LéargasTuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 8:10pm
Calling all youth workers! EYEOpener offers an international learning experience to young people and practitioners active in youth work, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects. 04 - 09 September, Greece. http://bit.ly/2Ikit5q Apply by 15 June.
Léargas
LéargasMonday, May 21st, 2018 at 11:13pm
Great to see Claddagh National School flying the Léargas Erasmus+ flag in Slovenia! Find out about their Erasmus+ School Staff Mobility project at: https://twinspace.etwinning.net/55272/pages/page/390690
Léargas
Léargas shared Youth Work Ireland Tipperary's post.Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 10:12pm