A Larbert school has played a part in Scotland receiving its largest allocation yet of Erasmus+ funding in 2017.

Kinnaird Primary was awarded €6015 (about £5350) for language training and development from the European Union scheme.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson is encouraging other local organisations to apply for funding after a total of €21million (about £18.7million) was shared this year by 159 Scottish groups working across a range of education sectors.

Figures from the British Council and Ecorys UK, the national agency delivering the scheme in the UK, show the total Erasmus+ funding allocated in Scotland was up nearly €5million on 2016.
Mr Matheson said: “I’d like to congratulate Kinnaird Primary on their successful application.

“The record funding allocated this year clearly shows the level of enthusiasm across Scotland for engaging with our European counterparts and I hope this news will inspire more local schools and organisations to grasp the opportunities offered by this scheme.

“Amid the wider uncertainty caused by Brexit, it’s good to know that Erasmus+ funding remains available to UK organisations throughout next year.”

Jackie Killeen, director of the British Council in Scotland, added: “Enabling people and organisations in communities all over Scotland to learn from and share with their international counterparts is at the very heart of what we do.

“These new figures for Erasmus+ demonstrate the huge appetite across Scotland’s education and youth training sectors for international exchange, collaboration and partnership.”
Erasmus+ can support schools and colleges, youth groups, higher education institutions, vocational education and training organisations, adult education organisations and sports organisations that want to offer their staff, students or members the opportunity to benefit from international partnerships.