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Schools funding can give your pupils the chance to learn abroad. Find out more about the different types of activities you can apply for, who is eligible to take part and how to start your schools application. 

You can apply for funding to send your pupils to learn abroad, which can offer exciting opportunities to all those involved. 

It is an opportunity to offer your pupils a life-changing experience to learn new skills, raise aspirations and get a better understanding of other cultures.  

Applications are open to organisations only, and participants cannot apply directly through the application portal. More information is available on the Information for participants page.

Applications for schools funding under the Turing Scheme are now closed.

  • The projects we fund
  • Before you apply
  • Application support
  • Grant rates

To take part in Turing Scheme schools projects, you will need to meet certain criteria. In this section, you will find information on which organisations and participants can take part, the length of the projects and the types of activities.

Your organisation

There are different types of organisations that can apply for schools projects.

Your organisation must be registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory and either: 

  • a school providing general, vocational, or technical education on any level from primary school to upper secondary education
  • a national school consortium applying on behalf of a number of schools, for example, local or regional authorities, school coordinating bodies or a social enterprise or other organisations with a role in the field of school education
  • registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory

Activities

Pupils registered in a UK or a British Overseas Territory school can take part in the scheme. You can send your pupils to take part in two types of placements abroad for the 2021-22 academic year. These are:

  • short-term placements, which can last from three days to two months
  • long-term placements, which can last from two to six months

Short-term placements are for pupils of any age enrolled in a participating school and are accompanied by school staff. These placements will offer international learning experiences to help pupils acquire social, civic and intercultural competences for their personal development. They can also help pupils to develop an understanding of cultures and languages.

Long-term placements are open to pupils aged at least 14. 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 time abroad. This includes funding for accompanying staff to chaperone participants where necessary as part of safeguarding or duty of care.

Pupils do not need to be UK nationals to be eligible for the scheme.

Hosting organisations

You can send your pupils to non-UK schools that provide general, vocational or technical education at any level from primary school to upper secondary education.

There are a number of steps to take before you apply. This section outlines those steps, such as reviewing your eligibility and project planning.

1. Check the eligibility criteria and funding rules

To apply for schools projects, your organisation must be registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory and either:

  • a school providing general, vocational, or technical education on any level from primary school to upper secondary education
  • a national school consortium applying on behalf of a number of schools, for example, local or regional authorities, school coordinating bodies or a social enterprise or other organisations with a role in the field of school education

Read the programme guide in detail to make sure you fully understand the rules around project duration, budget and eligible participants.

2. Plan your project

Prepare a project proposal for your organisation based on the funding criteria. You should consider the aims, objectives and impact of your project. For more details of the objectives that Turing Scheme projects must focus on, visit the About the scheme page.

While you are not required to provide specific details of your partners at application stage, you will need to detail the type of partnership you intend to establish. The programme guide explains how the qualitative criteria will be scored, so ensure you have read the section on international engagement and provide details on your partnership in line with this.

Schools can make use of the British Council Partner Finder tool to access and form partnerships with schools worldwide.

3. Check the deadline

Carefully check the application deadline. We recommend submitting your application early to avoid any last-minute technical issues that may affect your application.

4. Use the application resources

Ensure you make full use of the application resources provided, including programme guidance, webinars and the email helpline. You can find details of the help available in the next tab.

Once you have applied, we will work with you to perform financial due diligence checks. We are working hard to ensure the administrative burden of the Turing Scheme is kept as low as possible, and we will work with you throughout the process.

Applications for schools funding under the Turing Scheme are now closed.

In this section you will find application resources for reference purposes. You can:

The deadline for schools applications was Friday 7 May 2021, 12.00 noon.

Go to the application form to view your application.

Please note users will be disconnected from the application portal if idle for more than 30 minutes.

Under the Turing Scheme, UK organisations with successful applications will receive funding towards delivering placements. This will include providing funding for grants to help cover travel expenses and costs of living for participants. Organisations will receive administrative funding for delivering the projects. The rates provided will be broadly in line with what was on offer under Erasmus+.

An initial outline of what will be available has been provided below. Further guidance regarding eligibility for specific elements of funding will be published shortly.

Organisational support will be made available and covers the costs directly linked to the administration and implementation of a placement. Under each project, £315 will be provided per participant for the first 100 participants. From the 101st participant onwards, £180 will be provided per participant.

An amount of funding will be provided to go towards the direct costs of travel for a placement. This will be dependent on distance between the sending organisation location and the receiving organisation location and will support the cost of the round trip. This will be available to all participants in schools. All amounts available have been outlined below.

  • 10 to 99km: £20
  • 100 to 499km: £165
  • 500 to 1,999km: £250
  • 2,000 to 2,999km: £325
  • 3,000 to 3,999km: £480
  • 4,000 to 7,999km: £745
  • 8,000 to 12,000km: £905
  • 12,000km+: £1,360

In exceptional circumstances, the scheme will also provide a financial contribution towards the costs of expensive travel. If the selected travel rate does not cover at least 70% of the actual costs of travelling between the sending organisation location and receiving organisation location, up to 80% of those actual costs will instead be covered.

Cost of living

An amount of funding will be provided to go towards the general cost of living for each participant.

Pupils and staff accompanying them on a school placement will receive:

  • To all destinations: £53 per day for the first 14 days, £37 per day after the 14th day

Additional support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds

School participants from defined disadvantaged backgrounds will receive actual costs for additional travel expenses, including costs of visas, passports, and health insurance. We see this as crucial because travel related expenses can often be a deterrent to potential participants. To find out more about what we define as disadvantaged groups, visit the Widening access page.

Additional support for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

For participants with SEND, the scheme will fund up to 100% of actual costs for support directly related to their additional needs. This is in line with what was provided under the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ programme. Unlike Erasmus+, however, this funding will also cover preparatory visits by the sending organisation to carry out risk assessments and ensure participants will be able to equally access and take part in all elements of a placement. Pre-visits can be for a maximum duration of three days, and funding can be used for both learners and accompanying staff. Pre-visits are not available for any other purpose.

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