Appointment and working conditions

As an assistant, you are employed as a temporary agent of the state (agent non-titulaire de l’État).

You can be appointed to work in:

  • primary schools only (premier degré);
  • secondary schools only (second degré), either in middle schools (collège) or high schools (lycée) ;
  • both primary schools and middle schools.

You will work in 1 to 3 schools. However, if involved in a specific project, you may occasionally be asked to work in more than three schools.  

The length of the contract is 7 months (6 months for German language assistants).

Working hours

You will work 12 hours per week.

School holidays

You will have the same holidays as your pupils and French colleagues, i.e.: two weeks around the Toussaint public holiday (1st November), two weeks at Christmas, two weeks in winter and two weeks in spring (see academic calendars for school holidays).

School timetables

  • The school week starts on Monday morning and finishes on Friday evening or at midday on Saturday. Pupils have between 24 and 30 hours of lessons per week.
  • Each day usually begins between 8 am and 8.30 am and ends at around 3.30 pm or 4.30 pm in école primaire  and 5.30 p.m. in collège and lycée.

Monthly allowance

The assistants’ monthly allowance was fixed on 2 March 2017 at €976.49 gross, before deduction of various obligatory contributions (social security, etc.), resulting in approximately €770 - €785 net (the amount can vary). The gross monthly allowance is periodically revised and published in le « Bulletin Officiel de l’éducation nationale ».