Costs

The British Council encourages a flexible approach to hosting a language assistant. As such, in order to limit costs, a language assistant can be shared by up to three nearby schools, both primary and secondary. It is important to note that only the host school should apply (including information on the sharing arrangement in the appropriate area on the form) and they are responsible for paying the language assistant’s wage with other schools reimbursing the host school directly. 

The cost of employing a language assistant will depend on where your school is located in the UK. 

Before you apply, please note:

  • You can employ a language assistant to work a minimum of 12 hours per week and a maximum of 18 hours per week.  
  • An additional six hours per week on top of the standard 12 hours per week can be negotiated directly with your language assistant. Payment for additional hours is at a fixed rate reflecting maxima for all four programme funding bodies and is not a pro rata hourly rate based on the monthly salary which is determined by DfE rates only. 
  • It is not possible to offer a language assistant a lower allowance in return for fewer hours.

Select your country below to find the breakdown of costs of hosting your language assistant. 

Chinese Language Assistants

If you are hosting a Chinese Language Assistant, these costs are separate and include additional funding support. Further details on this are below.

 

Standard rates

The below is the salary for the 2016/2017 academic year. Salary rates for the next academic year will be confirmed in early June 2017. Any changes will be minimal and in line with inflation. 

Period of appointment for language assistants: 1 October to 31 May (35 weeks)

Gross monthly salary - £896.00 For a standard 12 hours per week

Standard fixed hourly rate - £13.29 For hours beyond the 12 hours

Additional London Allowances

Inner London

Gross monthly salary - £1,127.00 For a standard 12 hours per week 

Standard fixed hourly rate: £16.73 For hours beyond the 12 hours

Outer London

Gross monthly salary  - £1,065.00 For a standard 12 hours per week 

Standard fixed hourly rate: £15.80  For hours beyond the 12 hours

London fringe

Gross monthly salary - £955.00 For a standard 12 hours per week 

Standard fixed hourly rate: £14.10  For hours beyond the 12 hours

 

You can find out which bracket your borough falls under on this website.

Northern Ireland

The below is the salary for the 2016/2017 academic year. Salary rates for the next academic year will be confirmed in early June 2017. Any changes will be minimal and in line with inflation. 

Period of appointment for Language Assistants: 1 September to 31 May

Gross monthly salary  - £896.00  For a standard 12 hours per week

Standard fixed hourly rate - £13.29 For hours beyond the 12 hours

Your Language Assistant may start in August or stay up until the end of June. This must be by mutual agreement and at an additional cost.

Scotland

The below is the salary for the 2016/2017 academic year. Salary rates for the next academic year will be confirmed in early June 2017. Any changes will be minimal and in line with inflation. 

Period of appointment for Language Assistants: 1 September to 31 May

Gross monthly salary - £896.00 For a standard 12 hours per week

Standard fixed hourly rate - £13.29 For hours beyond the 12 hours

Your Language Assistant may start in August or stay up until the end of June. This must be by mutual agreement and at an additional cost.

 

Sharing a language assistant with other schools

If you are not able to offer 12 hours, you can share the costs and timetable with a partner school. Language assistants can be shared between a maximum of three schools provided travel arrangements are reasonable. Where Language Assistants are required to work at different schools on the same day, the employer should cover the costs of travel.

Possible options:

  • Your language assistant works for 2 hours in your school and 10 hours in a local secondary school.  You would pay £1,181.33* and the secondary school would pay £5,906.66*       
  • You share a language assistant equally with two other local schools, four hours each.  Cost per school would be £2,362.67*
  • Any other combination of primary and/or secondary schools as long as the language assistant works in no more than three schools and works a minimum of 12 hours per week.

*Please note that these figures are based on the standard monthly rates for the UK (not including London allowances or additional hourly rates).

 

Chinese language assistants

Chinese language assistants are in receipt of an allowance from Hanban, meaning UK schools only need to pay the assistants the newly introduced National Living Wage, which will be £7.20 per hour worked from April 2016. 

Costs can be further reduced by sharing the Chinese language assistant with other primary and/or secondary schools in your area. Please note each language assistant can only be shared between a maximum of three schools or further education colleges. 

The UK Government has recently introduced a one-off £200 Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for those applying for a UK visa. As Chinese language assistants have been subsidised, we kindly request that the £200 IHS surcharge is reimbursed by the UK host school or schools involved in the sharing arrangements.

To calculate the total cost of hosting a Chinese language assistant use the following formula: 

  • National Living Wage (£7.20) x number of hours per week (minimum of 12) x length of contract in weeks (41 in 2016-2017) + £200 IHS fee. 

The average cost for hosting a Chinese language assistant in the 2016/2017 academic year will therefore be £3742

Full funding for Chinese language assistants in Wales will be confirmed in Spring 2016.