Erasmus+ funding – it’s not too late but be quick, it could be your school’s last chance

The Erasmus+ scheme offers wonderful international opportunities to schools and there is still funding on offer – but not for long. Read on to find out how your school can benefit from Erasmus+ and when the all-important closing date is.

European partners, including London CLC's Sarah Horrocks (front left) and Rowan Roberts (front right) on the Erasmus+ Co-think project

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, which runs from 2014 to 2020. It’s best known for its university student exchange programmes but it also runs activities for UK schools and colleges providing general, vocational or technical education to students aged 3 – 18 years, so that covers early years and primary schools. 

While we don’t know what will happen to the UK’s involvement in Erasmus after this year, €41.8m in funding has been allocated to UK schools for 2020. 

The two key opportunities schools can apply for are:

Exchange partnerships

Schools can use the Exchange Partnerships funding to send groups of students on exchanges, lasting from three days to two months, accompanied by staff OR for sending staff on short-term training events of three days to two months, and long-term teaching or training assignments of between two months and one year.

Strategic partnerships

Schools can use the Strategic Partnership fund to test and implement innovative practices for students, staff and organisations, cooperate with international partners on curriculum development and reinforcing basic skills, facilitate the recognition and certification of skills and competences or develop active citizenship and entrepreneurship.

The deadline for both of these funding opportunities is 24 March 2020.

There is also a School staff mobility funding, which enables teachers and school staff to spend time abroad in one of the Erasmus+ Programme countries for professional development courses and training events; job shadowing and observations; teaching assignments at partner schools/organisations. However, the deadline for this funding is much sooner – 11 February 2020.

We think the Erasmus scheme has been fantastic. There’s a wealth of case studies on the Erasmus site showing how schools have benefited and we know from personal experience how exciting our own work on Erasmus has been and how much the schools we work with both nationally and internationally get out of it.

Here’s what one of our partner schools has to say:

“Erasmus projects are a brilliant way to get excellent opportunities for learning all across Europe. These projects will enable you and your pupils to gain precious life skills and global experience which helps teachers and pupils grow personally, professionally and academically. Your school will get an amazing opportunity to meet inspirational partners from all across Europe, learning and sharing new ideas and sharing outstanding practices.”

Eduardo Serra from Stockwell Primary School

Co-think, Co-make and Empower2Learn

Our work has included Co-think, an Erasmus+ KA2 project exploring inclusive practices in teaching computational thinking to primary school children. We partnered with Hitherfield Primary School and, as part of the project, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, British and Dutch children will take part in simultaneous hackathons and their teachers will have the opportunity to share practice and co-deliver computer science lessons across the five countries. Read our blog posts to find out more. 

We are also a partner in Co-make, which is exploring computational thinking in early years (look out for our blog post on that project next week) and Empower2Learn, which is considering the benefits of technology for personalising learning and will include machine learning and artificial intelligence alongside other digital tools. 

It’s been a great opportunity to learn and think deeply about an aspect of technology that promises to play a major part in the learning experiences of the pupils of the present and the future. We’ll be coordinating a literature review with the aim of saving educators’ time and providing some pointers for those who would like to learn a little more about the potential of this area. There will also be a CPD element further down the line and a toolkit for teachers and educators.

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Upcoming CPD

Maths and digital technology forum for primary teachers
Maths and digital technology forum for primary teachers

The maths forum provides an opportunity for maths subject leaders to share their expertise and investigate new opportunities for digital technologies to support maths teaching and learning in class and online at home. The forum combines discussion with colleagues about school-wide progress in mathematics, with hands-on activities led by a CLC teacher, demonstrating how technology can be used to support maths. Activities will include programming in Scratch 3, which offers a practical way to illustrate and explore key mathematical concepts such as shape, space, position and direction.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...
Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback in primary schools
Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback in primary schools

Discover how digital technology can change the way we assess pupils’ work. We will demonstrate how teachers can use technology to monitor, evidence and respond to pupils’ progress in school and learning online remotely, and how pupils can use technology to present and reflect on their learning. We will outline a range of approaches to help assess and evidence learning across the curriculum.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
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Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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