Sharing an assistant with other schools can bring the benefits of having a native speaker in the classroom while minimising the cost. It also means schools can take part even if they can only offer a small number of hours per week.

Sharing an assistant can also be an excellent way to forge links with other schools and improve work with feeder primary schools.

How it works

A language assistant can be shared between a maximum of three institutions, with the exception of French language assistants who are permitted to work in up to six primary schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. 

Travel arrangements between the schools should be reasonable. Where language assistants are required to work at different schools on the same day, the employer should cover the costs of travel.

Please see the downloads section below for a sample letter for schools wishing to propose sharing a modern language assistant with other institutions. 

In some special cases, there may be more flexible sharing arrangements. Contact us to find out more.

Application process

You will only need to complete one application on behalf of the group sharing the language assistant. The lead host school should submit the application.

The application should include details on the sharing schools and the mentor teacher in each school.

How will they be paid?

When sharing a language assistant, the lead school is responsible for paying the language assistant.

Other schools in the partnership will need to reimburse the lead school directly.

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