Schools funding

There are a number of different funding streams available under Erasmus+ for which UK schools and colleges providing general, vocational or technical education at any level, from pre-school to upper secondary education, can apply.

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Decentralised activities

Centralised activities

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If you’ve not applied before, visit the before you apply page for help with pre-registering

There are various requirements you should carry out before you apply You must have registered on the EU Login (formerly called ECAS) and obtained your organisation's unique Participant Identification Code (PIC) which is essential for your application. You can read more about EU Login in the European Commission's manual (3.13 MB).

Decentralised activities

Decentralised activities are run by the UK National Agency – this means you apply to us for funding. You can find out more about the UK National Agency and how Erasmus+ works on our how is Erasmus+ run? page.

Teaching or training abroad: Mobility for school staff (Key Action 1)

Whether you are a teacher or support staff in a school, Key Action 1 is the funding strand that applies to you as an individual. It is about mobility which would usually mean you spend time abroad. Mobility projects can cover one or more of the following: study courses, observation, job shadowing, training, and teaching. Please note your school will need to apply on behalf of the individual(s). Visit the school mobility funding page for more information. You can also exchange staff and pupils through Key Action 2 School Exchange Partnerships.

Partnerships funding (Key Action 2)

Under Key Action 2, funding is available for Strategic Partnerships between schools only and also between schools and local/regional school authorities, teacher training institutions and departments, and other types of organisations active in education, training or the youth sector. There are two types of school partnership projects lasting 1-3 years, depending on the type of project:

1. School Exchange Partnerships

Erasmus+ school-only partnerships changed to School Exchange Partnerships in 2018. If your school wants to expand its international outlook, improve language learning through real life experience, visit eTwinning partners or start a new partnership with a European school, it’s now even easier to arrange short-term exchanges of pupils for a minimum of three days at a time, and short and long-term staff training and teaching assignments as before, through a streamlined application process. 

2. School Education Partnerships

These are projects across a minimum of three countries, supporting exchange of practices or supporting innovation and can cover partnerships between organisations working in the field of school education, such as universities, local authorities, charities, schools and schools coordination bodies. These projects can involve curriculum development, reinforcing basic skills, encouraging active citizenship and entrepreneurship, or even combating violence in schools, as some examples. 

Please visit the school partnerships page for further details.

Partnerships in more than one sector (Key Action 2)

UK organisations involved in higher education, vocational education and training, school education, adult education, and youth can apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving provision across more than one sector. Find out more about applying for funding for Strategic Partnerships in more than one sector.

Centralised activities

These are run by the European Commission’s Executive Agency in Brussels. You can find out more about the Executive Agency and how Erasmus+ works on our how is Erasmus+ run? page.

Capacity building: sharing best practice, promoting cooperation, and cultivating new practices in youth work (Key Action 2)

Schools can take part in capacity building projects which focus on transnational partnerships between organisations working with young people that work together to identify ways to improve services delivered to young people. Find out more about capacity building funding.

  • check if your school/institution can take part;
  • develop a European Development Plan for your school, to which your Erasmus+ activities can contribute;
  • you can also register on the European Commission's eTwinning website for free, which will give you access to a secure online space and tools to start, collaborate, grow and extend your school partnership, before, during and after an Erasmus+ project. The British Council manages and promotes eTwinning for UK schools.
  • sign up to the European Commission portal, School Education Gateway, to find staff professional development and strategic partnership opportunities for school staff mobility (Key Action 1) and strategic partnerships (Key Action 2) Erasmus+ activities. Your eTwinning login will work on School Education Gateway.

Who should I contact?

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