Apply for school partnership funding

Under Erasmus+ Key Action 2, funding is available for two types of projects - School Exchange Partnerships and Strategic Partnerships for School Education. You can apply for one or more activities.

How to apply

School Exchange Partnerships (Key Action 229)

School Exchange Partnerships funding offers exciting international opportunities to your staff and pupils:
  • Exchanges of pupils - send groups of pupils on exchanges, accompanied by staff, lasting from three days to two months. You can also send pupils aged over 14 on longer-term exchanges of between two months and a year
  • Staff training and teaching assignments - send staff on short-term joint training events of three days to two months, and long-term teaching or training assignments of between two months and one year.
The funding covers activities in the Erasmus+ Programme countries

Strategic Partnerships for School Education (Key Action 201)

This activity funds UK schools to work with partner schools/organisations across the Erasmus+ Programme countries on projects of shared interest. Projects should cover three countries or more, and support exchange of practices or innovation, for example:
  • Testing and implementing innovative practices for pupils, staff and organisations
  • Co-operating on curriculum development and reinforcing basic skills
  • Facilitating the recognition and certification of skills and competences
  • Developing active citizenship and entrepreneurship.

Who can apply?

Funding is open to UK schools and colleges providing general, vocational or technical education to pupils aged 3 – 18 years. Please read our eligibility criteria for more information.

What are the benefits?

Taking part is a great way to discover new ideas, develop new skills and to explore new countries and cultures. It is also an opportunity to drive innovation and improvements in teaching and learning.

“Erasmus+ is really special; being funded for a European project has changed the way our school works and transformed our outlook.” Flora Ellis, Project coordinator, Sherborne C of E Primary School

“Our dropout rates have significantly reduced and all our key target groups have benefited tremendously.” Andrew James, Head of Training and co-ordinator of Computing & ICT, Shooters Hill Sixth Form College

“You can be so isolated in a special school so it has been wonderful to share practice with others. We go somewhere and see something and think, 'we could do that in our school'. We’ve benefitted so much as a whole school.” Jan Oyston, Deputy Head, Ysgol Heol Goffa

Read our schools case studies to find out more.

How do I find international partner schools and professional development opportunities?

On the eTwinning and the School Education Gateway websites, you can connect with international schools and colleges for Erasmus+ projects. You can also find thousands of training courses across Europe, covering topics such as School leadership, Inclusive teaching, Mental health, Digital learning, Languages, STEM, Supporting migrant and refugee children and much more.

How to apply

Schools can choose to be the lead organisation, or a partner in a project led by an organisation from another country. The lead organisation applies to the Erasmus+ National Agency in their country for funding on behalf of the project as a whole.

The 2020 Call for Applications was published on 6 November 2019. There are two separate application forms for School Exchange Partnerships (Key Action 229) and Strategic Partnerships for School Education (Key Action 201).

The deadline for both applications is 5 February 2020 at 11am, UK time. The application web forms will be published here shortly.

Please note, the latest information about the UK's participation in Erasmus+ after Brexit can be found on our Brexit update webpage.

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact the British Council by email or telephone: 0161 957 7755.