Ten top tips for schools applying for Erasmus+ funding in 2018

In early November we posted a blog on the Erasmus+ funding opportunities for schools in 2018. Whether you are a school which is totally new to Erasmus+, or experienced in applying for funding and managing the projects, we have plenty of information available on the opportunities, as well as a range of application support and tools to help you find partners and opportunities and even to manage your project.

Here’s a whistle stop tour of everything you need know to submit a successful application for Erasmus+ schools funding:

  1. The apply for schools funding pages on our website have been updated with essential information on the funding opportunities, how much is available and how to apply. They summarise the important points within the European Commission’s 2018 Programme Guide (which you don’t need to know inside out as it covers the whole programme for all activities), for schools.
  2. eTwinning is a free online community which gives you access to 500,000 verified teachers across Europe. It includes specific Erasmus+ partner-finding forums for school teachers. The eTwinning team in the UK offers support, events and resources to help you get started and can also provide tailored support through its network of ambassadors across the UK.

  3. The Europe-wide School Education Gateway also has staff training and partnership opportunities listed, as well as online courses on topics like language learning, inclusive education and citizenship to help schools tackle these topics in the classroom or via Erasmus+ projects.

  4. Both of the above can be found on our before you apply webpages, which also show what we mean by eligible schools, and how to register for your Participant ID Code, or PIC, if your organisation has never applied before.
  5. If you want help in promoting the opportunities within your school, the National Agency produces a schools brochure, which explains about applying and has some UK case studies in summary for inspiration. The 2018 version will be available to download on our publications page in the coming weeks.
  6. For schools which were not successful in applying for partnership activity in previous years - or if you have not applied before and have questions – the National Agency team has a limited number of one-to-one support slots available, to give tips on improving your chances of success in 2018.
  7. For schools in England and Northern Ireland, ambassadors will be running sessions in January and February, to talk face-to-face with interested schools about the opportunities and how to apply. View our news item for more information.
  8. You can book a place on one of our School Exchange Partnerships webinars on 25 January 2018 or 6 February 2018. The webinars will be recorded and available afterwards on our YouTube channel
  9. Ready to apply? The application forms will be posted on the website when available, along with guidance notes to help you complete the application. 
  10. If you still have queries about the application process, please do contact us.

As already mentioned in our November blog post, School Exchange Partnerships are new, and the application process for them should make it simpler for schools to apply. 

As well as supporting national education policy priorities around language learning and teachers’ professional development, and aiding you in a successful education inspection, exchange activity also ties in with the European Commission’s May 2017 strategy on 'School development and excellent teaching for a great start in life'. This includes the aim of developing better and more inclusive schools, through increased school cooperation via more accessible eTwinning and Erasmus+ pupil exchanges; and supporting teachers and school leaders in developing excellent teaching and training.

Applying for Erasmus+ funding does take time and commitment but we’re sure you’ll find it extremely worthwhile. Don’t just take our word for it though, read what other schools are saying in one of our Erasmus+ schools stories

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