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Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Strategic Partnerships
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme that supports education, training, youth and sport in
Europe. The Erasmus+ project has an overall budget of 14.7 billion Euro for 7 years from 2014–2020.
There are 28 member states in the EU, and an overall population of 511 million people. Erasmus+ is
an excellent programme with a generous budget, and it is worthwhile exploring this option.
Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships is the most relevant section for school exchanges. There are 3 kinds of strategic
partnerships: School Exchange Partnerships; Strategic Partnerships Supporting Exchange of Good Practices, and Strategic
Partnerships Supporting Innovation. For further information in the Programme Guide see:
School Exchange Partnerships were introduced in 2018. They are suitable for schools that want to establish a pupil and
staff exchange project. The projects are relatively small with a maximum of 6 schools, which makes them ideal for schools
applying for their first Erasmus+ partnership.
School Exchange Partnerships can implement different activities for exchange of staff and pupils:
• Shortterm exchanges of groups of pupils (3 days to 2 months): pupils from different countries can work together in
activities linked to the aims of the partnership. The shortterm exchange activities are designed to offer international
learning experiences to pupils, to develop their understanding of the diversity of European cultures and languages,
and to help them acquire social, civic and intercultural competences necessary for their personal development.
• Longterm study mobility of pupils (2 to 12 months): pupils aged at least 14 may spend a period in a receiving
school and a host family abroad. The sending and hosting schools are expected to ensure high quality learning
outcomes, to provide appropriate recognition for the involved pupils, and to constantly support them during their
mobility period. Applicants for School Exchange Partnerships may focus entirely on organisation of longterm pupil
mobility as a tool to develop the international cooperation potential of the involved schools.
• Shortterm joint staff training events (3 days to 2 months): teaching and nonteaching staff can work together to
exchange experience and expertise, or receive joint training.
• Longterm teaching or training assignments (2 to 12 months): through a longer posting in a partner school, this
activity allows staff to develop their knowledge and understanding of other countries’ education and training systems,
and helps them share and acquire professional competences, methods and practices.
There is a brochure available on Erasmus+ For Schools at
Léargas is responsible for Erasmus+ for schools in Ireland, their website is https://www.leargas.ie
As an overview, there are 716 secondary schools listed on the Department of Education and Skills website, all of which are
eligible to apply for Erasmus+. In 2017, 7 organisations received funding for Strategic Partnerships, and 11 schools received
funding for Strategic Partnerships for Schools only. Of those 11 schools, 7 are primary schools and 4 are secondary schools.
The schools received grants of between €16,600 and €55,190 and the projects are between 12 and 36 months.
For further details see: https://www.leargas.ie/wpcontent/uploads/2018/05/ErasmusSchoolsProjectDirectory2017.pdf
Funding for School Exchanges Scheme
PPLI are introducing a Funding for School Exchanges Scheme for 2018/2019 as part of Languages Connect, an
awareness raising campaign to highlight the value of learning languages and spending time abroad. Ten schools will
be offered €15,000 each, over a period of three years, to contribute towards exchange costs such as flights, to offer
scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to participate, or for other needs that the school identifies
as contributing towards language learning on the exchange. Further details will be on the Languages Connect
website www.languagesconnect.ie and on the PPLI website www.languagesinitiative.ie as well as a link to the online
application form. The closing date is Friday 12th October and schools awarded funding will be informed by Friday 26th
How-to Manual for School Exchanges