IMPORTANT NEWS (updated 11 January 2021, 13:15 BST)
The UK government has decided that it is not in the UK’s interests to seek continuing participation in the Erasmus+ programme. This does not affect the UK’s participation in current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ funded activity. Projects successfully bid for during the current programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period. Please visit the Erasmus+ website for the full statement.
With regards to participation in eTwinning (the EU’s community platform for schools in Europe) UK participants will no longer be eligible to participate in the platform with immediate effect.
- As of 1 January 2021, new teachers from the UK can no longer register on www.eTwinning.net.
- Existing eTwinners from the UK can no longer access to the eTwinning Platform (eTwinning Live, Groups, TwinSpace, Learning Lab) from 1 January 2021.
- UK eTwinners in eTwinning projects registered before 31 December 2020 are able to continue participation in those projects as a guest teacher. UK teachers can no longer access projects with their previous eTwinning credentials. They can be invited to the projects’ Twinspace by one of the non-UK project partners. This will require use of an alternative email address. This is only be possible for European projects. Please see our 'how to add a guest teacher guide'.
- UK projects can no longer receive any eTwinning Quality Label after 1 January 2021
- UK schools will not be granted the eTwinning School Label 2021-2022.
- Projects involving a UK teacher would be eligible for a European Quality Label or a European eTwinning Prize only when at least two other partners from at least two other countries participate and are eligible. The Prize would be awarded only to the non-UK partners, if eligible.
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You may also wish to note that the UK government has published a statement regarding the Turing scheme, a new programme to replace the UK’s participation in Erasmus+ from 2021. This scheme will provide funding for students in universities, colleges and schools to go on placements and exchanges overseas, starting in September 2021. The new scheme will be administered by the same partnership of British Council and Ecorys which has been delivering Erasmus+ in the UK for a number of years.
If you have any queries, please contact the team via eTwinning@britishcouncil.org.