From selecting the perfect candidate to handling visas, administrative matters and pastoral care, we are here to answer your questions and help you become a successful host school.

We offer year-round help and advice and do not charge any programme fees to take part. Recruit your language assistant through us and enjoy a host of additional support.

We help with recruitment

All of our language assistants go through a rigorous recruitment process including interviews and approvals from our overseas partners. We also support institutions participating in the programme with the following:

  • sample endorsement letters to help you persuade senior managers that language assistants are a good investment, available for download at the bottom of the page
  • administrative support with visa sponsorship for language assistants. Please note that language assistants from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland will also require a visa for their time as a Modern Language Assistant in the UK from 2021-22
  • sample templates for offer of appointment letters and contract. These templates are sent once a language assistant has been allocated to your institution
  • our Modern Language Assistants Information Booklet, which is updated each year and provides guidance for both host institutions and language assistants. The 2020-21 Booklet is available for download at the bottom of the page
  • administrative support with visa sponsorship for language assistants from outside the European Economic Area
  • sample templates for offer of appointment letters and contracts.

Support provided to language assistants

We believe it is important to equip language assistants with the right skills to enhance language learning. We provide the following support to language assistants:

  • induction and training sessions for language assistants on arrival in the UK
  • access to additional training days with our UK partners including Goethe Institut, Consejería de Educación and Institut Français
  • a support network of other British Council language assistants locally and across the UK
  • our Modern Language Assistants Information Booklet, which is updated each year and provides guidance for both host institutions and language assistants. The 2020-21 Booklet is available for download at the bottom of the page.

Resources available for the classroom

We also provide invaluable resources and ideas for fostering international education in classrooms through: