New opportunities for schools with Erasmus+
In 2018, the programme will keep offering training or teaching opportunities to teachers and other school staff across Europe. With a budget of almost €72.5 million allocated to school education staff mobility projects, it is expected that over 6,000 projects can be funded next year.
Within Erasmus+ “Key action 2”, schools could already participate in Strategic Partnerships supporting either exchanges of good practices or innovation. The latest Erasmus+ call for proposals now offers a new possibility for schools to work together: School Exchange Partnerships, which are perfect for schools that want to start a pupil and staff exchange project. The new opportunity will support mainly smaller projects, bringing together 2 to 6 schools, and with a maximum budget of €99,000 per year. Projects can usually last 1 to 2 years, but schools who decide to organise long-term pupil mobility may ask for a longer duration of up to 3 years. Fitting to their size, proposals for School Exchange Partnerships will go through an easier application process compared to other Strategic Partnerships, making them ideal for schools applying for their first Erasmus+ partnership.
Overall, a record amount of €280.4 million will be allocated to different kinds of partnerships under Key Action 2 in 2018, and at least half of that amount will be reserved to support the School Exchange Partnerships.
Teachers can also take advantage of the European online platforms for schools:
- eTwinning, which just celebrated its 500,000 registered user, has now launched the eTwinning App to facilitate access and use of the website.
- the School Education Gateway keeps growing and offers a great range of resources; the Teacher Academy in particular now has a great number of online courses available for teachers professional development, as well as tools to help implementation of Erasmus+ projects.
Last but not least, school leaders who want to know what the programme has to offer in the fields of pre-primary, primary and secondary education (both general and vocational) can consult the Erasmus+ Guide for school leaders. It provides step-by-step advice on developing a successful application, finding the right European partners and building upon previous experiences to expand Erasmus+ ambitions. It also offers inspirational project examples, help generate ideas and showcase what can be accomplished under Erasmus+.
Are you interested in learning more about the opportunities offered through Erasmus+? Do not hesitate to contact your National Agency for more information!