CLAs are contracted to work 12 hours a week and should not exceed this unless previously agreed. Permission for additional hours must also be sought from the British Council in line with the Home Office’s immigration rules, If additional hours are agreed, CLAs should be paid on a pro-rata basis and should not work more than a total of 18 hours per week. Where possible, the timetable should be blocked to allow reasonable free time and one full day free each week.
Each CLA can work across a maximum of three schools, with one school being nominated as the host school.
The host school must pay the assistant’s allowance for a minimum of nine and a half months at rates set by the relevant government body. In 2012-2013 the salary for 12 teaching hours per week is £879 per month. Assistants working in the London area will also receive London weighting allowance. Teachers from China should not have to pay UK income tax due to the Double Taxation Agreement.
The Chinese assistants’ travel and visa costs are paid by the British Council.