The British Council and HSBC are pleased to announce that up to ten grants of £3,890 will be offered to cover the costs of hosting a Chinese language assistant for the academic year of 2017/18.
This is a pilot scheme for UK schools in 2017/18 and is intended to support the Sustainable Development Goal 4 “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning” Successful schools will have the full costs of hosting a Chinese language assistant from mid-September 2017 to the end of June 2018 covered. The British Council and HSBC grant will cover the National Living Wage costs of the Chinese language assistant (£3890 for a 41 week contract at 12 hours per week - including the £200 Immigration Health Surcharge) while our Chinese partner Hanban will pay the assistant a subsidy of £800 per month. The cost of any hours worked over the contracted 12 per week will be the responsibility of the school.
It is recommended that applications involve more than one school, ideally with up to two other schools also sharing the assistant. One school should take overall responsibility and apply as the lead school, although the other schools in the application should be named. The application must explain how the schools will manage the assistant’s workload across the schools.
Applications from single schools that can offer a full 12 hour timetable to a Chinese language assistant will also be considered.