France

Vineyards in France

Why choose France?

  • Where better to improve your French skills than in the home of the language?
  • France offers a wide diversity of landscapes, from the beaches of the south to the mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees, all within easy reach of each other on the country’s excellent public transport network
  • You’ll get the chance to experience first hand its justifiably famous food
  • You could be on placement in one of France’s overseas territories, such as Martinique or Guadeloupe.

Read about Katie Whitehouse's experience of being a Language Assistant in France.

The general terms of a placement in France are:

Dates of appointment: 1 October – 30 April (primary and secondary schools)

Hours: 12 per week

Pay: around €964.88 per month gross, approx €800 net (17% social security deduction)

Other benefits: You are entitled to national healthcare.

In accordance with French government legislation, religious symbols are not allowed to be worn in state sector schools. A list of days that may be taken as leave for purposes of religious observance is published by the French government annually. 

Where can I go in France?

You can be posted anywhere in mainland France, as well as Corsica and Outre-Mer (Guadeloupe, Guyane Française, La Réunion and Martinique).

Candidates for France have the following regions on offer. If you wish to express an area preference, you have to choose one from Group A, one from Group B, and one from any of the three groups.

GROUP A    Amiens  -  Créteil  -  Lille  -  Nancy-Metz  -  Reims  -  Versailles

GROUP B    Besançon  -  Caen  -  Clermont-Ferrand  -  Limoges  -  Nantes  -  Orléans-Tours  -  Poitiers  -  Rennes  -  Rouen

GROUP C    Aix-Marseille  -  Bordeaux  -  Corse  -  Dijon  -  Grenoble -  Lyon  -  Montpellier  -  Nice  -  Outre-Mer  -  Paris  -  Strasbourg  -  Toulouse

The areas listed above refer to regions (académies) and not to towns or cities which may share the same name. Candidates who are allocated in one of their three area preferences should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region.

You should be aware of the following before making your regional choices:

  • Posts in the académies of Aix-Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Toulouse are often in small towns in rural areas, where public transport may be limited.
  • It is extremely difficult to find accommodation in Paris and schools are usually unable to assist. We recommend that you do not apply for Paris unless you have contacts who will be able to help you find accommodation.
  • The south of France and Paris are the most popular first-choice regions so competition is particularly tough.
  • The cost of living in outre-mer is higher than in mainland France but your pay will be approximately 40 per cent higher.
  • If Outre-Mer is your first choice, you must also be prepared to accept a position in mainland France and must choose two other académies as well.
  • If your reason for choosing an area is that you have contacts and possible accommodation there, you must provide the name of your host and address of the accommodation in the ‘Reasons for preferences’ section of the application form. The British Council cannot guarantee that you will be allocated to a post near your accommodation.

We recommend you research the different regions of France thoroughly before applying. 

 

Will I be interviewed?

Some candidates, including those who have been educated outside of the UK, may be assessed by telephone interview. These are likely to take place from February to April.

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to an induction course arranged by the local education authority in France at the end of September or in early October.

When will I hear back?

In early April, you will hear whether your application has been forwarded to our French partner organisation. 

In late April or early May, you will find out if your application has been successful and to which academie you have been allocated.

You will hear directly from your academie regarding the location of your post at some point between June and September.