The British Council’s Chinese Language Assistant programme for UK schools is now seeking applications. If your school would like to secure a Chinese Language Assistant for the 2016/17 academic year please read on then apply via the British Council website by 31 March 2016.
Chinese language assistants work in UK schools to support an existing Mandarin provision or introduce the language and culture to students for the first time. Their role can be tailored depending on the requirements of the school – or indeed a group of up to three schools or further education colleges. A short summary of the scheme is below.
- You can employ a language assistant to work a minimum of 12 hours per week and a maximum of 18 hours per week.
- It is not possible to offer a language assistant a lower allowance in return for fewer hours.
Thanks to support from Hanban, sponsor of the global Confucius Institute network, the cost to schools taking on a Chinese language assistant drop from £13.29 to only £7.20, the National Living Wage. This means the average annual costs for a Chinese language assistant working 12 hours per week for 41 weeks would be just under £3800 (inclusive of the £200 IHS fee).
Full details of the scheme are available on the British Council’s website. Good luck!