Port of Nice, France
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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 mainland 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 minimum 12 hours per week, with the option in some placements to add up to 6 extra hours per week.

What will I be paid?

You should should expect to earn around €964.88 per month gross, approx €800 net (17% social security deduction). Those in Outre-Mer will receive more, due to higher living costs. 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, French Guiana, 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, candidates must choose one region 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. Therefore, candidates who are allocated in one of their three area preferences should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region.

Flexibility is crucial as, due to demand, not all placements can be awarded in more central areas. Due to high popularity of oversubscribed regions, please be aware that, in some cases, candidates will not be awarded any of their three choices. In these cases, efforts are made to allocate candidates as closely as possible, geographically, to one of their original choices. Please note that the British Council has no control over the number of posts available in each académie as this fluctuates yearly.

before making your regional choices:

The cost of living in Outre-Mer is higher than in mainland France and, as such, your pay will be approximately 40% 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. Equally, any other strong reasons for regional preferences can be taken into consideration if highlighted in your application, rather than in later communications.

All reasonable wishes for regional preferences, be these medical or otherwise, should be explained and researched as fully as possible on the candidate's application form, to ensure the best chance of a desired match. The British Council cannot guarantee that you will be allocated to a post near your accommodation.

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 relevant académie 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 passed the first stage and been forwarded to our French partner organisation. 

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

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

Please be advised that patience is key - some candidates will inevitably be contacted before others depending on their académie, so there is no cause for concern if you have still had no news by early September. Please be advised that the British Council does not have access to this information as it is sent directly from France to the individual candidate.

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