Who? A language assistant coming from a target language country will be assigned to your school on the recommendation of the inspectorate based on their applications for the academic year by the Department of Education.
When? Generally the language assistant arrives around the 1st of October and stays until the end of May. Please note that for German, they can choose to stay for six months only.
Application: Applications are available from the Department of Education from the beginning of January. The deadline for application is usually the beginning of February and allocations are known after Easter. The application form is referenced as FLA01 (For German, please use the ‘German only form’ ). The contact email is: email@example.com
Implications for the whole school: The School staff helps the assistant to integrate into the school and local community. The assistant should feel s/he is part of the school.
Responsibilities of the school principal:
(a) The scheme is operated in accordance with the terms and requirements set out in the Department of Education notes and that appropriate records are maintained for two years and readily available to the department for audit purposes.
(b) All arrangements are finalised with the assistant, if possible, prior to the closure of the school for the summer holidays and before the assistant starts in October.
(c) Assistant(s) assigned to the school are paid their Living Allowance and Induction Course Grant. Arrangements should be made to help the assistant to open a bank account immediately on arrival by issuing them with a letter confirming the name of the school to which they are assigned and the amount of the allowances payable if the assistants wish to do so. Some language assistants may decide to be paid into their bank account in their country of origin instead and this must be facilitated.
(d) Advice and help must be given to the assistant in the matter of their studies.
(e) The school staff must help the assistant to integrate into the school and local community.