What are the Erasmus+ Tools?
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport for 2014-2020. It offers schools and other organisations funding opportunities, including support for training courses and teaching assignments for professional development, or for the development of project partnerships. The tools available on the School Education Gateway have been designed to support specific Erasmus+ activities and can be found in the Erasmus+ Opportunities section.
The three tools and related Erasmus+ projects are:
Catalogue - A dedicated catalogue of professional development courses
for school teachers and staff (Mobility project for school education staff
under Key Action 1)
Opportunities - Opportunities for school staff to undertake teaching
assignments and job shadowing in a host school/organisation abroad
(Mobility project for school education staff under Key Action 1)
Partnerships - Partner search for schools and organisations across Europe to carry out joint projects (Strategic Partnerships under Key Action 2)
Who can post a listing?
Anyone can post a course, mobility opportunity or strategic partnership request on the School Education Gateway. The only condition for creating a listing is that users must have an individual login account associated to an organisation, and each organisation must have a Participant Identification Code (PIC). Once the account has been set up, users can post a listing in any section. Posters are asked to respect the School Education Gateway terms and conditions.
How is the quality of the listings monitored?
Listings are not pre-approved or authenticated by the European Commission or National Agencies. Courses, mobility opportunities, and strategic partnership requests are offered by independent organisations, who are asked to respect the School Education Gateway terms and conditions regarding their listings. The European Commission accepts no responsibility or liability with regards to content, delivery or management. Users can report any content or organisation they deem illegitimate or offensive. The website administrators can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference between a Strategic Partnership and a school-to-school collaboration?
School-to-school collaboration projects are typical in eTwinning, which is the best place to develop such activities. eTwinning projects are not funded. Strategic Partnerships are projects that allow for collaboration between different types of organizations. Such projects are eligible for Erasmus+ funding. Read more about Strategic Partnerships here and in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
Can I post a listing that is not related to school education?
The School Education Gateway is aimed at the European school community. To keep the platform relevant to this community, we discourage listings related to other fields (higher education, vocational training, adult education) unless they are also connected and relevant to school education.
How can I post a listing in the Course Catalogue/Mobility Opportunities/Strategic Partnerships sections?
This has been explained in detail in the Erasmus+ Tools Tutorial which is available in 23 languages.
Alternatively, you may consult this video for point-by-point instructions.
I want to offer a course that takes place several times. Should I post it several times on the Course Catalogue?
If you are organising the same course on different occasions, you need to create the course only once in the Course Catalogue. To add several dates, use the 'multiple sessions' option. You will find instructions on how to do this in the Erasmus+ Tools Tutorial (page 14).
Can different sessions of a course take place in different locations?
At the moment, you can select only one location for the different sessions of your course. If your course takes place in two different locations, we suggest that you create two separate course listings. Please see below for an example:
- Course ABC in Italy
- Session dates 1
- Session dates 2
- Session dates 3
- Course ABC in Poland
- Session dates 1
- Session dates 2
- Session dates 3
I posted a course some time ago but I cannot find it in the Course Catalogue anymore. Why is that?
The visibility of the courses is related to their start/end dates. Once a course has finished, it will no longer appear in the Course Catalogue search results. If your course has not yet finished but you still cannot find it there, we recommend that you check whether you have indicated the start and end dates correctly. Moreover, please note that the courses are displayed in chronological order by default, with the upcoming ones at the top of the list. This means that the later your course is scheduled to start, the lower in the list it will appear.
I’m a course provider and I would like to get in contact with other course providers. Where can I do that?
If you are a course provider and would like to interact with other providers, we suggest that you join the LinkedIn group Erasmus+ Course Providers.
I found an interesting course / mobility opportunity / strategic partnership listing. Who should I contact about it?
To get more information on a course/mobility opportunity/strategic partnership listing, you need to get in touch with the organisation that has posted the listing:
- Use the direct Contact form (login required) which is provided on the right-hand side of the listing page.
- Go to the website of the organisation that has posted the listing.
Please note that the School Education Gateway does not offer on-site courses, mobility opportunities or strategic partnerships itself, but only provides the tools for schools to do so.
I would like to undertake a teaching assignment/job shadowing at a school but I can’t find a suitable offer in the Mobility Opportunities section. Can you help me?
All Mobility Opportunity posts are visible on the website and made by schools and other organisations. If you already know the school you are interested in, we suggest you contact them directly. If you would like to browse for more schools, you can have a look at the eTwinning website.
What do these different Mobility Opportunity types mean?
- Job shadowing is for students, recent graduates, teachers and other members of the school staff. It offers participants the chance to work at a host school/organisation abroad, alongside professionals who have specific knowledge about an occupation or career in which the participants may be interested.
- Long-term teaching assignments are suitable for students, recent graduates, and teachers. They offer participants the chance to undertake teaching assignments focused on their area of expertise or interest at a host school/organisation abroad, for a period of 5 months or longer.
- Short-term teaching assignments correspond to a period under 5 months.
- Placement and assistantship for students is aimed at students and recent graduates. This type of opportunity offers participants the chance to undertake a placement or assistantship.
- Teaching/classroom assistant is a position for teachers and other members of the school staff, allowing the participants to undertake a teaching/classroom assistantship.
- Other mobility opportunities contain miscellaneous offers, e.g. observation visits or seminars.
What is the difference between Strategic Partnerships for School Education and Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only (schools-to-schools)?
Under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 ‘Strategic Partnerships’, schools can apply for both kind of projects. In a ‘Strategic Partnership for School Education’, schools can engage in activities together with any type of organisation active in the field of education (e.g. museums, foundations, local authorities or cultural organisations). To find partners, you can use the Strategic Partnerships search at the School Education Gateway. In a ‘Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only’, schools collaborate with other schools. To find partner schools, please use the eTwinning Partner search forums. Check the eligibility rules for both types of projects in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
I’m an individual teacher and would like to undertake a teaching assignment or job shadowing. Can I post my own announcement?
Yes, you can post a mobility opportunity request as an individual. To do so, please log in, go to My Profile > Mobility Opportunities > Add a mobility opportunity. Then, select “I am an individual”. Please note that in order for you to undertake a mobility activity, you should still be affiliated with a school or an organisation.
I am interested in an organisation registered on the School Education Gateway. How can I access its profile page?
To access an organisation’s profile page, go to the details page of any listing that has been posted by the respective organisation and click “Go to organisation’s page” in the upper-right corner.
I am interested in an organisation registered on the School Education Gateway and I would like to receive information about its courses and other announcements. How can I get this information?
You can follow an organisation in order to receive email updates on any new listings it posts on the School Education Gateway site. To do so, go to the organisation’s profile page and click “Follow organisation”. You can also access this function on any of the details pages of listings that have been posted by this organisation. To stop receiving email updates, click “Unfollow organisation”.
How can I receive information about new course, mobility opportunity and/or strategic partnership announcements?
You can opt to receive weekly email updates containing the latest listings that match search criteria indicated in one of your saved searches. To opt for receiving an alert for one of your searches, go to My Profile > Courses / Mobility Opportunities / Strategic Partnerships > Saved searches. Then click “Alert me” under the saved search for which you would like to receive updates. You can save any search that you have run in the Course Catalogue / Mobility Opportunities / Strategic Partnerships sections.
How can I leave a review for a course, mobility opportunity, or strategic partnership?
You can use the review function available at the bottom of a listing's detailed-view page. In order to be able to leave a review, you need to be registered/logged in to the site and you need to rate the listing first (by using the rating stars). Only courses / mobility opportunities / strategic partnerships that have already taken place can be reviewed.
How can I add an online course in the Course Catalogue?
Currently, external course providers can only add on-site (face-to-face) courses in the catalogue. The online courses present in the catalogue are provided exclusively by the School Education Gateway team and supporting experts.
Can I delete a listing that I've created?
You can always delete your own listings, unless they have already been rated or reviewed. To do this, please go to your profile and to the admin panel of your items (for example go to ‘Courses’, then ‘My courses’). Find the item you wish to remove, and click on the “Delete” link under it.