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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

School education (staff)

What is the opportunity?

Erasmus+ offers the opportunity to send or receive school staff for teaching or professional development purposes.

How does it work?

Organisations wanting to take part in these opportunities can either apply as an individual organisation, or as part of a "national mobility consortium"; a group of organisations managed by a single coordinating organisation.

These organisations fall into one of three main categories:

  • Applicant Organisations - responsible for applying for and managing the project. The applicant organisation can be a single school (in which case it is also the sending organisation) or a consortium coordinator applying on behalf of a group of schools,
  • Sending Organisations - a school in charge of selecting staff to send abroad and managing grant payments,
  • Receiving Organisations - responsible for receiving staff from abroad.

National mobility consortia must consist of at least three organisations from the same Programme country, all of which must be identified at the application stage. The consortium leader can be a local or regional school authority or another kind of school coordinating body. Schools participating in a consortium must have an organisational link to the consortium coordinator.

The mobility of school staff must be framed within the European Development Plan of the sending organisation, and must respond to clearly identified staff development needs. The applicant must ensure that appropriate selection, preparation and follow-up measures are in place, that the learning outcomes of participating staff are properly recognised, and that the learning outcomes are shared and widely used within the organisation.

How do you apply?

The application process is managed by the National Agency of the country where the applicant organisation or consortium is based. An organisation or consortium can apply only once per selection round. However, an organisation may be part of or coordinate several different national mobility consortia.

Find out more

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is the main source of information for these opportunities; detailed information on the award criteria, eligibility criteria, and funding rules can be found in Section B.

The National Agencies or, for Partner countries, National Offices (where available) can provide further information.

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School Leaders' Guide

A guide for school leaders who want to know how the programme can benefit their school has been published.