Erasmus+ Tools - Terms and conditions

The information provided here outlines what is expected from listings posted under the Erasmus+ Tools. In order to ensure maximum and lasting benefit for schools and teachers, all posters are required to comply with the standards outlined here, and to adhere to the aims and standards of the Erasmus+ programme.

 These Terms and Conditions complement the website’s general Disclaimer.

Please also read the Frequently Asked Questions and Tutorial.

Erasmus+ Tools disclaimer

As a user of the Erasmus+ Tools, please read this information carefully:

  • The Erasmus+ Tools are provided as part of the School Education Gateway, a portal established by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture in collaboration with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
  • Listed courses, mobility opportunities and strategic partnership requests are offered by independent organisations, and the European Commission accepts no responsibility or liability with regard to their content, delivery or management.
  • No listing has been pre-approved by the European Commission or the National Agencies, but posters are asked to respect the terms and conditions given.
  • Choosing an on-site course, mobility opportunity or strategic partnership offer from the database does not guarantee that schools will be awarded an Erasmus+ grant.
  • It is not necessary for a course, mobility opportunity or strategic partnership to be listed in the School Education Gateway in order to be included in the Erasmus+ application.

Basic terms and conditions

  • Use of the Erasmus+ Tools is free of charge, both for posters and for individuals searching for listings that match their criteria.
  • Anyone can post an on-site course, mobility opportunity or strategic partnership request. The only technical requirement for creating a listing is to have a user account associated to an organisation. Once this account has been set up, users can post a listing in any section.
  • In order to access certain features of the School Education Gateway and the Erasmus+ Tools, you must register to create an account and become a member.
  • Every effort is made to keep the website running smoothly. However, the School Education Gateway takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, temporary unavailability of the website due to technical issues beyond our control.
  • The School Education Gateway takes no responsibility for any ratings or comments submitted regarding content.
  • The School Education Gateway reserves the right to modify the website or the Erasmus+ Tools, or to modify these Terms at any time and without prior notice.
  • The School Education Gateway reserves the right to remove any content or comments considered inaccurate, inappropriate, or irrelevant for the objectives and target audience of the website. In such cases, the poster of the content will be informed and reasons for the removal will be provided.
  • The School Education Gateway reserves the right to remove user reviews and course provider responses at its own discretion if they are abusive, or if they appear to be frauds or duplicates.

Acceptable Use Policy

If you are publishing content using the Erasmus+ Tools, please read this carefully:

  • The posters are in charge of providing accurate and relevant information in their listings, including maintaining the information and updating it when necessary.
  • The posters will ensure that any content which they contribute to the platform will be accurate (where it states facts) and be genuinely held (where it states opinions).
  • It is not allowed to post or send any material, images, videos or other contribution to this platform which the posters do not have permission to use.
  • It is not allowed to impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent themselves.
  • It is not allowed to manipulate the listings or any parts of them (including titles, description, metadata, dates, contact information, etc.) in any way that may mislead readers or conceal relevant information from them, including providing any false or distorted information to improve the visibility in the search results, or submitting/prompting false reviews or ratings.

Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of the Terms and Conditions on which the users are permitted to use the platform, and may result in our taking any or all of the following actions:

  • Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our site.
  • Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to our site.
  • Issue of a warning to you.

Specific terms and conditions

Course Catalogue

  • The Course Catalogue is intended to be used for posting announcements of courses that are eligible as a staff mobility activity supported with Erasmus+ funding (Key Action 1: Mobility project for school education staff).
  • Find out more about application deadlines, conditions and procedures at the Erasmus+ website.
  • If you are a course provider, see the “Requirements for the on-site courses published in the Course Catalogue” further down this page.
  • Please note that, for the time being, only School Education Gateway admins can publish new online courses in the Course Catalogue.

Mobility Opportunities

  • The database is intended to be used for listing offers of mobility opportunities to school staff, for example job shadowing, observation periods or teaching assignments at a school or other organisation abroad.
  • The costs of a staff mobility activity can be supported with Erasmus+ funding as part of each school’s European Development Plan (see Key Action 1: Mobility project for school education staff).
  • Find out more about application deadlines, conditions and procedures at the Erasmus+ website.

Strategic Partnerships

  • The database is intended to be used for posting project ideas and partner search announcements that are eligible for consideration as EC-funded Strategic Partnerships in the sector of school education:
    • Strategic Partnerships supporting innovation
    • Strategic Partnerships supporting exchange of good practices
  • Find out more about application deadlines, conditions and procedures at the Erasmus+ website.

Requirements for on-site courses published in the Course Catalogue

This document outlines the requirements for teacher training courses in relation to Erasmus+. In order to ensure maximum and lasting benefit for schools and teachers, course providers are expected to comply with these requirements and adhere to the aims and standards of the Erasmus+ programme. These requirements should also help schools looking for appropriate courses.

1. Compliance with the definition of learning mobility for school education staff given in the Programme Guide

Courses must be designed and run in line with the rules and objectives set out in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for Key Action 1: Learning mobility of school education staff. These rules include requirements on the content, location, and duration of the course. Further information is available in the Programme Guide.

2. Providing a European dimension

The course must provide a European dimension, both in the content and structure of the course. The European dimension can be activated in many ways, such as by diversifying the profile of participants, creating multicultural groups, and finding an appropriate location for the course.

A teacher's attendance of a course should be a catalyst for a better understanding of and reflection upon European priorities in their school, as well as a meaningful implementation of these priorities at a whole-school level. It should also ensure that teachers have the opportunity to meet teachers a) from other European countries, and b) that work at the same educational level (early years, primary, secondary) with whom they can establish new international projects.

Every European course is at the same time a potential contact-building seminar, during which participants can start developing other European projects. Providers should therefore ensure that eTwinning is presented to trainees during their courses, in order to offer them and their schools opportunities in the areas of networking, peer communication and participation in learning events and collaborative projects after the course. See more information here.

3. Meeting schools' and teachers' professional needs with high-quality course design

A course that takes place abroad should offer new perspectives for each participant's school in their home country, in line with the needs and strategies outlined in the European Development Plan. Moreover, the course design must reflect the current professional development needs of individual teachers, identified through the European Development Plan, teacher surveys and other relevant sources. The courses should be delivered by experienced leaders with knowledge of multiple national systems, and each course should be flexible enough to adapt to the needs of each group of participants.

A high-quality course should:

  • Be both engaging and interactive, facilitating a productive dialogue between participants;
  • Focus on the development of teachers' professional competences;
  • Offer a balance between theory and the practical application of approaches;
  • Select activities that are appropriate to the course duration and objectives;
  • Use a range of methods to deliver the course content in order to both engage participants in the sessions and inspire innovation in their future practice;
  • Show flexibility in the delivery of the course according to the needs of participants (e.g. languages, competence levels, previous experience);
  • Provide a variety of means for participants to share and reflect on their learning.

Providers offering their courses via the Course Catalogue must guarantee that the courses are run according to their outlined objectives. Providers should ensure a good level of detail in the outline, and a straightforward and accessible application process.

Courses should provide certification for teachers, including dates of attendance, course content and learning outcomes. Certificates should be signed by the course provider and be presented in a way that could be used in participants’ career development. A suggested template is the Europass Mobility document.

4. Other provision

Course providers should ensure that learning spaces, accommodation and refreshments are of a high standard. They must also make provision for participants with special needs.

5. Ensuring future impact

Course providers should make sure that the course ensures the following outcomes for each teacher:

  • Networking: continued communication with other course participants and with colleagues in schools (e.g. through eTwinning or thematic collaborative spaces);
  • The transfer of acquired knowledge and competences to their own practice (the success of this will depend on the schools as well as the course providers);
  • Impact on their school through active involvement in strategic planning in relation to the school’s European Development Plan.

6. Evaluation to inform the future development of courses

An evaluation should be built into each course design. Providers must make sure that they respond appropriately to the outcome of each evaluation concerning the quality of their courses.