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.
School Exchange Partnerships (Key Actions 226 and 227)
There is an additional opportunity for schools and organisations involved in school education to apply for an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership (for specific priorities only). There are two separate application calls for schools partnership funding.
Projects should have a focus on one of the below themes:
- Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness (Key Action 226): these projects aim to equip education and training systems to face the challenges presented by the recent sudden shift to online and distance learning, including supporting teachers to develop digital competences and safeguarding the inclusive nature of learning opportunities.
- Partnerships for Creativity (Key Action 227): these projects aim to develop skills and competences and nurture talent to support creativity, in non-formal and formal education and reinforce cross-sectoral cooperation.
As virtual cooperation opportunities are key to successful partnerships in the Covid-19 context, schools are strongly encouraged to use the eTwinning and the School Education Gateway to find partners and work together before, during and after the project activities.
Partnerships may also organise transnational learning, teaching and training activities of individuals (including blended mobility), in so far as they bring added value in the achievement of the project's objectives.
School Exchange Partnerships (Key Action 229)
Strategic Partnerships for School Education (Key Action 201)
To find out how much Erasmus+ funding was awarded to Strategic Partnerships for School Education in 2019, you can view the 2019 Key Action 201 funding results (135 KB).
Who can apply?
Funding is open to UK schools and colleges providing general, vocational or technical education to students 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 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.
There is an additional Key Action 2 deadline on 29 October, 11am (UK time) for specific priorities only. There are two separate application calls for schools partnership funding (referred to as Key Action 226 and 227). Further details can be found in our news item.
The Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness (KA226) application webform and the Partnerships for Creativity (KA227) application webform are both available along with the KA226 guide for applicants (687 KB) and KA227 guide for applicants (578 KB) and an overview webinar.
Read our webpage for the latest information on Erasmus+ and the EU transition period.