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British Council

As part of the Erasmus+ programme, eTwinning can be your first step towards Erasmus+ funded projects.

Erasmus+ update

The European Commission expects to announce Erasmus+ 2018 application deadlines by the end of October. The UK is taking part in Erasmus+ as normal in 2018 (please see our Brexit webpage if you or your partners need any reassurance).

In 2018, the new School Exchange Partnerships (part of Key Action 2) will be supported by a 40% increase in funding and a simpler application process so that lots more schools can get involved and benefit from Erasmus+. School Exchange Partnerships aim to support short-term exchanges of pupils for a minimum of three days at a time, as well as longer term pupil exchanges of up to a year. You can also still arrange staff training and teaching assignments as before. These new partnership opportunities are also an ideal way to enable you to visit your eTwinning partners. More information will be provided at the 2018 information sessions, which start on 19 October in Birmingham and finish on 30 November in London - schools can register here - and through the application support process from the UK NA, so UK schools should gear up for a bumper Erasmus+ year!

Please share this news with friends, colleagues and acquaintances who you think might be interested in a European school partnership.

Teachers who register to eTwinning between before 7 December 2017 will receive an eTwinning travelling teddy bear OR a virtual reality headset, free wall map, passport and homework challenge resources in the post help kick-start a simple international project. Find out more.

eTwinning leads to Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Funding for these schools


It’s a good idea to start eTwinning before any funding application is made. As a teacher in a school or college, eTwinning enables you to search for potential Erasmus+ partners from schools across Europe, engage in online partnerships and carry out projects within a secure platform - free of charge.  

  1. Register on Please note that your login details will also work on the School Education Gateway, where you can also find staff professional development and strategic partnership opportunities for KA1 and KA2 activities.
  2. Search and connect with a partner teacher who is ready to start an Erasmus+ project (you can indicate this on your eTwinning teachers desktop profile).
  3. Register an eTwinning project with your prospective Erasmus+ partner (which will also secure the foundation level of the International School Award for your school).

The Erasmus+ application deadlines for schools are on the Erasmus+ funding deadlines webpage. You can start your eTwinning project at any time before you apply for an Erasmus+ project.

Overviews and links to project work for each of the above films are directly available from our eTwinning YouTube UK channel.

Contact us via Tell us that you would like us to arrange for a fully funded workshop at your school, or at a suitable location in your region and we will send a local eTwinning ambassador to help kick-start your eTwinning-Erasmus+ international journey.

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