Rumbles welcomes Aberdeenshire schools securing €35,000 of Erasmus EU funding

Four schools across Aberdeenshire have played a key part in Scotland receiving its largest ever allocation of Erasmus EU funding in 2017 and are each set to receive a share of €35,000 this year.

Alford Primary School will receive €14,000 for Immersion Language Training, Insch School, €13,000, for Staff Language training, Hill of Banchory, and Banchory Primary School will receive €6,500, and €2,000, respectively, for Language training.


Mr Rumbles said: “I welcome this news. Investment in education is an investment in our future. Language training can open up many opportunities for individuals and such excellent schemes keep our education sector in the North East globally competitive.


“Alford, Insch and Banchory have secured funding for new courses which will help students to learn a new language more quickly.


“We must prepare for an international future and I encourage any local youth group, educational institution or sports organisation to apply for funding throughout 2018.


“The Erasmus scheme is a great example of what can be achieved through cooperation in the EU. I hope this will continue in the future.”


Welcoming the news, Director of the British Council in Scotland, Jackie Killeen said: “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.”




Notes for editors:


Update on the Erasmus+ EU funding scheme, which is delivered in Scotland and across the UK by the British Council and Ecorys UK. New figures for 2017 show that Scotland’s  share of the funding is up by nearly €5m since last year; this means that a total of €21m will be shared by 159 Scottish organisations working across a range of sectors, as noted below.

 €11.4m for Scotland’s universities

 €2.3m for Scotland’s schools

 €4.75m for Scottish organisations working in vocational education and training

 €1.6m for Scottish organisations working in adult education

 €756k for Scottish youth work organisations


I include a constituency-level breakdown detailing how the funding is reaching people and organisations in the communities you represent. I trust you will recognise this demonstrates a huge appetite across Scotland’s education and youth sectors for international exchange, collaboration and partnership.


Constituency North East Scotland:







Aberdeen City Council


Developing Modern Languages Opportunities For Aberdeen City Council Primary Teachers


€ 91,980

Jessie Porter Nursery

Enhancing Early Years Pedagogy

€ 26,820

Markethill School

Expansion Of French Embedment And Development Of Spanish Immersion For A Globalised World

€ 17,160

Dunnottar Primary School

Language Training And Immersion

€ 15,155

Alford Primary School

Immersion Language Course

€ 13,955

Insch School

Staff Language Training

€ 12,990

New Deer School

French Immersion Course (Lyon)

€ 12,990

Mill O'Forest Primary School

Immersion Training

€ 11,565

Banff Primary School

Language Development

€ 10,825

Newtonhill School

Newtonhill School 1+2 Curriculum Development

€ 8,360

Borrowfield Primary School

Language Training

€ 6,495

Hill Of Banchory School

Language Training

€ 6,495

Isla Primary School

French Language Training

€ 4,610

Whitehills Primary School

French And Spanish Immersion Courses 2017/2018 

€ 4,170

Banchory Primary School

Language Training

€ 2,165

Gartly School

Language And Culture Development (French)

€ 2,165

Maud School

Language Training

€ 2,165

Warddykes Primary School

Spanish Immersion Course 2017/2018

€ 2,005

The University Court Of The University Of Abertay Dundee

Partnerships with

Kazakhstan, Malaysia, South Africa, Ukraine

€ 178,960

The University Court Of The University Of Aberdeen

Higher education mobility

€ 589,673

The Robert Gordon University

Higher education mobility

€ 402,357

University Of Dundee

Higher education mobility

€ 183,816

The University Court Of The University Of Abertay Dundee

Higher education mobility

€ 69,104


€ 1,675,980




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