Sharing an assistant with other institutions can bring the benefits of having a native speaker in the classroom while minimising the cost. It also means schools, colleges and universities 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 institutions.

How it works

A Modern Language Assistant 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 institutions should be reasonable. Where language assistants are required to work at different institutions on the same day, the employer should cover the costs of travel.

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 institution should submit the application.

The application should include details on the sharing arrangements and the mentor teacher in each institution.

How will they be paid?

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

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

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