Professional development including Erasmus+

In-service training for teachers and other education professionals

We have many years experience of working with teachers and other education professionals across Europe and the wider world. Over more than 20 years we have supported thousands of teachers in developing their expertise and skills.  We have the networks which enable teachers to get first hand experience of schools in England and contact with experienced teachers in the UK. We offer professional development opportunities for education administrators, headteachers, school principals, individual teachers and other school staff.

A major feature of all Merganser opportunities is that they offer the opportunity to visit and spend time in local schools: all the schools visits will demonstrate examples of excellent current practice. We know our partner schools well and work closely with teachers and headteachers to provide the best possible experience for our visitors.

We met nice, engaged and passionate teachers both in the schools and within the group.
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Erasmus+ is the European Union scheme which offers funding support for exciting opportunities for school education staff from the 28 countries of the EU as well as those from Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey and Norway.

Many of our courses and opportunities are designed with Erasmus+ funding in mind. Merganser offers courses as well as other opportunities and training events for teachers, headteachers and other school staff. We are based in and around the beautiful world heritage city of Bath and the historic city of Bristol in the south west of England.

In-service training for schools is an important feature of Erasmus+ and comes under Key Action 1 (KA1). Under this programme individuals can no longer apply, only institutions. The application takes the form of a mobility project within the context of a European Development Plan for the institution.

I especially liked the interesting conversations in English about schooling, aims, politics etc. The school visits were also very interesting.
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Merganser Opportunities and Courses
We are extremely flexible in our approach and are able to offer bespoke courses, training events and opportunities to meet your needs and interests responding to your European Development Plan. Job shadowing opportunities in local primary and secondary schools are available.

We offer our popular training courses on several themes. All courses can include a significant English language element if required. Each course is designed to align with Erasmus+ programme criteria.

We offer courses and workshops on themes such as:

  • Inclusive Teaching and Special Educational Needs
  • New Initiatives in Teaching, Learning and Classroom Management
  • Developing a European Dimension in your School
  • Leadership and Management specifically for Headteachers and school leaders.
  • Assessment, target setting and self evaluation in the UK Education System
  • Education in the heritage city of Bath with a focus on citizenship, history or geography

To see dates of upcoming courses and detailed programmes please visit the School Education Gateway

To discuss how we can respond to your requirements please get in touch by e-mailing:


Mobility Projects and your European Development Plan
Under a mobility project, funding is available for teachers, school leaders and other school staff to participate in structured courses or training events abroad.


A mobility (including course attendance) has to:

  • Be framed within a European Development Plan
  • Respond to clearly identified staff development needs
  • Be accompanied by appropriate selection, preparation and follow-up measures
  • Ensure that the learning outcomes of participating staff are properly recognised
  • Ensure that the learning outcomes are disseminated and widely used within the organisation
  • Last a minimum of 2 days, excluding travel time


Please contact us if you would like help or guidance with your European Development plan. The Merganser team can help you structure your school’s plan to meet the EU criteria as well as your individual school’s needs. Each plan will be unique and we can show you how our training opportunities can match your requirements.

I enjoyed the course because it was a very important experience for me as I had the chance to learn the educational system of other European countries, to cultivate my European consciousness and to practice my English.
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Applying for Funding
Deadlines are currently once a year, in early February.  Funding is available for course fees, travel and subsistence and under Erasmus+ a school can apply for support for preparation and monitoring. Schools need to apply through the national agency of their own country. The national agency is also able to offer advice and information on the new programme. Webinars and information days about Erasmus + may also be on offer, from your national agency.

Before being able to apply for funding a school needs to register on the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS). Our OID number is E10038134.

Application forms and guidance on the application process are available from each Erasmus + national agency.

A Note About BREXIT

With effect from 1st February 2020, the UK is no longer a member of the European Union. However, during the Transition Period (which lasts until 31st December 2020) participation in the Erasmus+ programme continues, as before.  It is possible that the UK will continue in the programme after 31st December despite having left the EU. This is part of the current negotiations.

The UK Erasmus Agency have issued the following statement: 

The UK has now agreed a deal and left the EU on 31 January 2020. 

Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes. 

This means that the projects successfully bid for during the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and ESC 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.

All existing Erasmus+ and ESC projects that have a contract to deliver funded activities are advised to continue to do so. Organisations intending to submit applications for centralised (administered by the European Commission) and de-centralised (administered by the National Agency) funding should also continue to apply as planned, in line with the published funding deadlines.

Participants who study, train, volunteer or spend time abroad through Erasmus+ and ESC exchanges that were successfully bid for during the current Erasmus+ and ESC programmes (2014-2020) will be able to participate fully and for the full duration of their exchange. This covers UK participants going abroad, as well as international participants coming to the UK.

This note will be updated as the situation evolves. It was last updated on 3rd February 2020.