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. For more information, please see the ‘Sharing a language assistant with other schools’ section below.
The cost of employing a language assistant will depend on where your school is located in the UK.
Before you apply, please note:
- A language assistant should be employed to work a minimum of 12 hours per week and a maximum of 18 hours per week (any additional hours should be negotiated directly with your language assistant).
- The current standard rate is set for 12 hours a week. Any additional hours are paid at the fixed hourly rate set below. Both the standard rate and the fixed hourly payments should be included in the language assistant's monthly salary.
- 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 can be found below.
Funding to cover the full costs of hosting a Chinese language assistant in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland is available. Visit our Chinese language assistant grants page for more information.