Apply for school staff mobility funding

Erasmus+ School Education Staff Mobility funding (Key Action 101) 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

Projects last from one to two years however participant activity can last for anything from two days to two months.

To find out how much Erasmus+ funding was awarded to School Education Staff Mobility in 2019, you can view the 2019 Staff Mobility funding results (217 KB).

How to apply

Who can apply?

Funding is open to UK schools and colleges providing general, vocational or technical education to students aged 3–18 years. Local and regional authorities, school coordination bodies and consortia can also apply. Please read our eligibility criteria for more information.

You can also apply for School partnership funding.

What are the benefits?

Taking part is a fantastic way to enhance professional development for staff and to support their career aspirations. It’s also a great way to help staff feel valued, and to bring fresh ideas and best practice into the classroom. 

“Teachers come back with a completely different perspective; they learn how they can improve their own practice, pick up new ideas about how to organise classes, but most of all they get more enthusiastic about their job."  Kevin McCabe, formerly Jervoise School, now Ignite Multi Academy Trust

"Erasmus+ has changed the lives of staff and students alike in our school... They all came home reinvigorated, with new ideas that have helped to shape an exciting future at our school.”  Philip Robertson, St. John's Secondary School and Sixth Form College

"We believe that the opportunities afforded by Erasmus+ have made a significant contribution to us maintaining two Outstanding external inspections. The knowledgeable staff and the enriched curriculum were noted as strengths contributing to a whole school deeply committed to learning.”  Louise Lowings, Madeley Nursery School

​​​Read our schools case studies to find out more.

How do I find international partner schools and professional development opportunities?

On the eTwinning and the School Education Gateway websites, you can connect with international schools and colleges for Erasmus+ projects. You can also find 1000s of training courses across Europe, covering topics such as School leadership, Inclusive teaching, Mental health, Digital learning, Languages, STEM, Supporting migrant and refugee children and much more.

How to apply

In 2020 there was one application deadline for school staff mobility funding on 11 February, and this has now passed. The guide for applicants (422 KB) is available for reference purposes only.

Read our webpage for the latest information on Erasmus+ and the EU transition period.

Who should I contact?

Due to precautions taken at the UK National Agency offices in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please note the following interim update to the British Council helpline numbers. 

In the first instance, we would encourage you to send queries via email and a member of the National Agency team will respond.

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact the British Council by email or telephone on 0161 957 7755.