CONNECT Modern Language Assistant (MLA) Service  

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The provision of Connect Modern Language Assistants from 1 October to 31 May (35 weeks) is arranged in liaison with the British Council. 

This service supports the standard British Council MLA contract (a minimum of 12 hours a week); however it also facilitates a local sharing arrangement for schools wanting an assistant for  LESS  than 12 hours a week. 

In a recent survey regarding the benefits of hosting a language assistant, Heads of Modern Languages reported improved exam results,  higher standards in under-performing students, and greater levels of motivation in talented students. More than 90% would recommend the programme to others.

Research has shown that an opportunity to learn with an ambassador from another country can help raise attainment and motivation in all areas of the curriculum, particularly in under-achieving pupils. Language Assistants also really help classroom teachers to build their confidence in teaching languages. Their impact lasts much longer than the time they are there’.

Sian Carr, President, Association for School and College Leadership.

Who are Modern Language Assistants?

  • Native French, Spanish, German, Italian speakers who have undergone a competitive selection process.

  • University undergraduates, graduates or trainee teachers.

What can Modern Language Assistants do in the classroom?

  • Support the introduction of a new language, or support existing language provision.

  • Work with up to 15 pupils on their own, or whole class in the presence of a teacher.

  • Create lesson plans and develop teaching materials based on contemporary culture.

  • Support exam preparation with new resources such as recordings for listening practice.

  • Deliver interactive classroom activities on topics such as culture and celebrations.

What are the benefits?

  • Improvement of pupils’ overall language ability and self-confidence in speaking.

  • Increased motivation to learn languages.

  • Development of intercultural skills & greater intercultural awareness.

  •  Increased confidence and accuracy in language ability among teachers.

  • Eligibility for British Council International School Award.

This CONNECT service includes

  • Management of the sharing arrangements between schools

  • Management of the salaries (invoiced to schools)

  • Training and support for MLAs and host schools

  • Advice on the production of suitable resources for the use of the MLA

  • Advice on good practice and effective deployment of the MLA


  • Co-ordinates requests from schools and liaises with the British Council to obtain MLA dossiers and throughout the employment period

  • Ensures effective communication strategies are in place between host - sharing schools

  • Provides on-going administrative support (sending out initial letters / handbook etc.)

  • Provides individual on-going guidance and support to schools and MLAs as needed

  • Provides on-going quality assurance for the service

  • Provides free training sessions for the MLAs delivered by a dedicated MFL specialist

When and how much do they work?

From 1 October to 31 May and teach 12 to 18 hours a week, whether in one school or shared by up to 3 schools.  This can be across primary and secondary.



£32.64 per hour - CONNECT Standard or Standard Plus members

£33.66 per hour - non-members

Costs are per Assistant per hour for 35 weeks employment period. Includes MLA salary, IHS payment and on-costs.


If you are interested in taking part or want to find out more, please contact Des Georgiou (CONNECT MLA Programme Facilitator):

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