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December's Erasmus+ newsletter


Please find the Erasmus+ newsletter below. You can also subscribe to this newsletter here

This issue of the newsletter includes: 

  • 2018 application deadlines
  • E+30 draws to a close
  • 2018 application guidance 
  • eTwinning ambassador conference
  • Increase in Erasmus+ budget and new opportunities for 2018 
  • International School Award success


2018 application deadlines

Here is a reminder of the 2018 schools deadlines – which you can find in a handy chart on our website – along with the other decentralised deadlines across all the education, training and youth sectors:

Key Action 1 (KA1): Mobility of individuals - staff teaching or training. 1 February 2018, 11am (UK time)

Key Action 2 (KA2): Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practice - strategic partnerships, including school exchange partnerships. 21 March 2018, 11am (UK time)

Following the announcement from the European Commission (EC) for the 2018 call to apply, we have been busy updating our 'apply for schools funding' web pages. The schools application form for key action 101 will be available on our website early next week. We would encourage everyone planning to apply to start preparing now – look out for our new KA1 application guidance next week and review previous key action application forms as a guideline, read the assessors’ guides and sign up to our forthcoming application support sessions as soon as they are announced (see below). We will notify you as soon as we hear from the European Commission (EC) about Key Action 2 application forms.

E+30 draws to a close

As the Erasmus+ 30th anniversary year draws to a close we can look back on what was an exciting year of celebratory activities. As well as the EC events in January and May, plenty of you held your own anniversary events, as did the UK National Agency, with the launch of an exhibition that is on show in our London office until late January 2018. You can get a feel for the exhibition by visiting our webpage ‘Shaping Futures’ and, if you haven’t yet seen it, please do take a look at the online copy of the anniversary book that is featured in the display, and includes several school stories. Many new case studies, photos and stories have been generated from Erasmus+ alumni which have all helped to raise positive awareness of the programme. The EC held a series of high-profile events and an artistic show on 30 November to mark the end of their anniversary campaign.

2018 application guidance

Our customer services team is busy preparing application guidance tools and scheduling webinar support sessions to help make your application a success:

The application guidance document for Key Action 1 will be available on our website week commencing 11 December.

We will notify you about Key Action 2 guidance following receipt of the application forms from the EC.

Introduction to Key Action 2 Schools Exchange Partnerships webinar

  • Monday 11 December 2017 from 15.30 to 16.30hrs - register here

Key Action 101 School Application Support Q&A Webinars

  • Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 15:45 to 17:15hrs - register here
  • Wednesday 10 January 2018 from 15:45 to 17:15hrs - register here
  • Wednesday 17 January 2018 from 15:45 to 17:15hrs - register here

One-to-one calls

You can also now book a one-to-one session to discuss your individual 2018 KA2 application and reporting with the UK National Agency. These are being offered from 14 December to 21 February 2018.

Visit the schools' section of our webinars page regularly to ensure you hear about the latest webinars and one-to-one sessions as they are announced and watch the recordings for some of those you miss.

Whether you are a school which is relatively new to Erasmus+ or experienced in applying for funding and managing the projects, look out later this month for our December schools blog which will highlight all the information you need to help you find partners and opportunities.

eTwinning ambassador conference

151 eTwinning ambassadors from across Europe gathered in Bristol from 2-4 November for the annual conference, which was the largest eTwinning Ambassadors professional development gathering since the programme launched 12 years ago. The British Council eTwinning UK team arranged a packed agenda of professional development workshops at the event, designed to build ambassador capacity to deliver eTwinning start-up and thematic workshops, all with the objective of building teachers’ pedagogical and digital skills through eTwinning. Oliver Reichardt, Director of Fellowship at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts delivered an engaging keynote speech on the power of collaborative networks and the importance of making purposeful connections.  

Increase in Erasmus+ budget and new opportunities for 2018

For 2018, €30m will be available to UK schools to apply for Erasmus+ activities, compared to €21m in 2017. This provides a significant opportunity for many more schools to access Erasmus+ funding for a range of international activities that can develop key skills in both teachers and pupils, enhance the curriculum, and support education policy priorities. Also in 2018 is the introduction of School Exchange Partnerships to the Erasmus+ programme. Supported by a 40% increase in funding and a simpler application process, schools will be able to run short-term exchanges of pupils, enabling many more pupils to benefit from an international experience. Pupils of any age can visit another country for as little as three days at a time, and pupils aged over fourteen can stay for up to a year. The funding can also be used to support teacher exchanges between schools from different European countries.  Read more about this exciting new opportunity in the Erasmus+ November school blog. The EC has also produced a new handy schools leaflet that you may find helpful.

International School Award success

Teachers and schools were congratulated by their local MPs on achieving the International School Award. 10 schools achieved the award through their eTwinning and Erasmus+ projects.