France

Why choose France?

France offers a wide diversity of landscapes. From the beaches of the south to the mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees, all within reach of one another on the country’s excellent public transport network. Being a Language Assistant in France also gives you the chance to uncover why the country is so famous for its food.

What will I do?

As well as France, you could be on placement in one of the country's overseas territories, such as Martinique or Guadeloupe.

How does it all work?

You will be in post from 1 October to 30 April (primary and secondary schools) and will work approximately 12 hours per week.

Please note: 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.

What will I be paid?

You should should expect to earn around €964.88 per month gross, approx €800 net (17% social security deduction). You are also entitled to national healthcare.

Where can I go in France?

You could 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.

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

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. 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.

before making your regional choices:

Please be aware that 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. If you take up a placement in Paris, it can be extremely difficult to find accommodation and schools are usually unable to assist with this. 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) either at the end of September or in early October. For any training days requiring an overnight stay, académies will generally help assistants financially with this.

When will I hear back?

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

April/May - you will find out if your application has been successful and to which academie you have been allocated.

June to September - you will hear directly from your acadamies regarding the location of your post.