The education authority
The Reims education authority covers the Champagne-Ardenne region, comprising, from north to south, the 4 départements of Ardennes (08), on the Belgian border, Marne (51), Aube (10) and Haute-Marne (52).
The climate here is semi-continental, with 4 seasons and frequent winter snowfall in the northern part of the region covered by the education authority.
The region is primarily rural. Its administrative centre is Chalons-en-Champagne but the region's largest city is Reims. Other main towns include Charleville, Troyes, Chaumont, Langres and Epernay.
The TGV EST links Reims to Metz-Nancy-Strasbourg.
The city is 20 minutes by TGV from Charles de Gaulle airport and 1hr 30 minutes from Lille (Eurostar connection).
There is a direct TGV service into Paris that takes 45 minutes.
A34 Charleville-Mézières-Reims. Work is under way to construct a road junction from the outskirts of the city to Rocroi and even as far as the Belgian border. Once this is completed, the region will be linked to Charleroi and Brussels to the west, in addition to the existing links to Bouillon and Liège to the east.
Tourist and cultural attractions
Tourist and cultural attractions in the region include Reims Cathedral, the Palais du Tau, Saint Rémi Basilica and 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Other tourist attractions:
- The Champagne wine region
- The medieval city of Troyes
- Charleville and the Rimbaud museum
- The Château de Sedan
- Chaumont and Langres (fortified town), the land of Diderot and Voltaire
- The Lac du Der (Haute-Marne)
- The lakes of the Forêt d'Orient (Aube)
The place of the teaching assistant within the education authority
Specifics of the role of the assistant within the education authority
Assistants are assigned to all of the lycées within the education authority as a matter of priority, and right throughout the region it covers. More positions are available in Marne, the most heavily populated département in the region.
Assistants generally coordinate small groups of pupils alongside their usual lesson and may also be required to sit in on the main lesson to help the teacher with the implementation of a particular project or activity. Furthermore, they are asked to participate in the production of podcasts to populate the national academic soundbank, as well as teaching paid language courses (notably in English) during the school holidays.