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

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

- 15:30
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

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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