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Welcome to France (UE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Union

(+ Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra and San Marino)

 

 

Welcome to France!

 

 

 

Ø  You recently received mail from the Language Inspection Department (IPR*) if you are appointed in secondary schools, requesting that you quickly send back to the « Rectorat* de l’Académie de Lille » the detachable answer slip accepting or rejecting the post of assistant.

 

            * see vocabulary notes at end of document

 

Ø  This present letter contains your « arrêté de nomination », which is the official nomination paper. This document gives you the name, address, telephone number and fax of the school(s) you will be working in. If there are more than one, the first on the list is your main employer (établissement de rattachement) who will assist you in all administrative procedures.

 

v  For those of you who receive a nomination in primary schools, your official paper will indicate the district (circonscription d’affectation) of which the different schools on your nomination paper are part. The reason for that is that secretaries are appointed to districts, not to schools.

 

                                                       

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE IN FRANCE?

 

1- QUICKLY get in touch with your future headteacher or district:

 

(Please note that most junior (collèges) and senior (lycées) secondary schools are closed  from 13th July to 23rd August, districts and primary schools from the beginning of July.)

 

Write to or telephone the head of the first school on your nomination paper (beginning « Monsieur/Madame le Proviseur » for a lycée, « Monsieur/Madame le Principal » for a collège), to your district (“Monsieur/Madame l’Inspecteur”) or to your “référent”(”Monsieur/Madame”), or telephone. Introduce yourself and ask the questions you would like answered, for example:

 

·         What sort of school(s) shall I be working in?

·         How big is the school – how many teachers, how many pupils?

·         What is the school’s geographical and social environment?

·         Has any partnership or twinning been established between the French school and one in my country? What other languages are taught in the school?

·         Is the school on Internet? Has it got an E-mail address? Is there an « Assistants’ File* » I can consult on arrival?

·         Which is the most convenient airport and/or station for my workplace?  How can I get to my workplace from Lille or Paris?

·         Who should I contact on arrival? Can I have the name, address and telephone number and/or E-mail address of the « contact teacher* » in your school? When precisely should I arrive?

·         What about accommodation?

 

2 - Official procedures to be completed before arriving in France.

1)      Obtain an official translation into French of your Birth Certificate, indicating the first names and surnames of your father and mother. This document is required to register with the Social Security services.

 

2)      Obtain your health European card (carte européenne d’assurance maladie – CEAM) ; this will act as justification of health/accident insurance coverage for the first four months of your stay in France. For the remaining months you will be covered by French Social Security (CPAM) or the MGEN. Before leaving, ask your embassy or consulate for a list of registered doctors and hospitals

 

 

WHAT YOU MUST BRING WITH YOU

 

An adequate sum of money:

 

            To cover expenses until your first pay. You should receive an advance on salary at the end of October (about 700 €) as long as your main employer has completed the required procedures before 10th October.

            Contact your main employer on arrival in France and if necessary request help from the school secretary.

 

            N.B.:

- travel (both ways) is at your expense ;

- accommodation: you may have to pay a deposit ; it can’t exceed one month’s rent if the flat is not furnished and is part of the private housing sector.

If you rent through an estate agency, you will have to add fees.

 

(to give you an idea, the minimum rent for a studio apartment is 250 to 400€ a month).

                                    

The following administrative papers:

 

·         your passport or identity card ; check the date and make sure they are valid.

 

·         your nomination paper

 

·         the official translation into French of your birth certificate ; it must indicate your parents’ first names and surnames.

 

·         your health European card (carte européenne d’assurance maladie – CEAM) ; justification of health/accident insurance coverage

 

·         at least four passport-size identity photos (identical, recent and true to life, bare-headed, full-face, 35X45mm, black and white or colour)

 

·         an international student identity card, if you have one

 

·         you may add, a letter of recommendation from your bank

 

·         car or motorbike insurance certificate, if you are bringing your own vehicle.

 

·         vaccination certificates , if you have them.

 

A piece of advice : make several photocopies of these documents

 

 

On arrival in France

 

 

On arrival, you will have to complete a certain number of administrative procedures as quickly as possible. Your main employer or district will assist you; do not hesitate to ask for help or advice.

There should be someone in your main school, a contact person, usually a teacher,   (professeur ressource or professeur référent), to assist you on arrival and help you organise your work.

You can also request the help of the “relay-teacher” in the Academy (professeur-relais académique*). Consult the academic web-site: http://www4.ac-lille.fr/~assistants . The name of this person will also be given to you during the introductory course at the beginning of October.

 

·         Sign the « procès-verbal d’installation » given to you by your main employer (« établissement d’exercice » or « établissement / circonscription de rattachement »). This certifies that you are taking up your position and is essential if you want to be paid;

 

·         Find accommodation (if you have not done so before arriving) and obtain an "attestation de logement" from the landlord;

- Your school secretary or your circonscription should be immediately told of any change of address during your stay in France; so should the Rectorat.

 

·         Open a bank account in the bank of your choice and request 2 RIB (« relevé d’identité bancaire »), essential for payment of your salary.

 

·         Subscribe to a civil liability policy (« assurance responsabilité civile ») which is compulsory in France.

 

·         Have a medical check-up by a doctor affiliated to the National Education Authority, your school will give you all the required information.

 

·         Fill in and give the following documents to your school so that the Rectorat can apply for your affiliation to the retirement pension scheme and prepare your salary file :

 

-          photocopy of your passport or identity card (your country of birth must be clearly stated)

-          « procès-verbal d’installation » (original, not a photocopy)

-          2 RIB 

-          salary information form duly completed and signed.

-          an official translation of your marriage certificate.

If it is a renewal and your situation has not changed (marital status, particulars of your bank account …), the procès-verbal and the information form required for your salary will be sufficient

                      

·         On arrival (in October), apply for enrolment with Social Security, which is in France the organisation responsible for general health/accident insurance. You have to go to the office (« Caisse Primaire d’assurance maladie ») in the area you are living in (you may also choose to go to the MGEN – Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale) with the following documents :

 

-          photocopy of your « arrêté de nomination » plus passport or identity card

-          2 RIB

-          work certificate filled in by the Rectorat (DEVEP), on your requirement (contact the Bureau des relations internationales)

-          official translation of your birth certificate

-          As soon as you get your definitive certificate concerning your Social Security number (also known as your INSEE number), please send a copy to the Rectorat, Bureau des Relations Internationales.

 

NB : Please note that, because of a coordinated healthcare pathway , you will have to choose a primary care physician (known as your médecin référent)when you enrol with Social Security. He/ She will be your primary contact in case of illness.

 

 

Some useful information concerning your work in France.

 

·         Duration of contract : from 1st October 2010 for 7 or 9 months (see nomination paper)

·         Weekly work obligation : You will work 12 hours a week. These hours can be completed in one or more schools (collèges or lycées) and in three when primary (see nomination paper). Your employer is the Rectorat ; should you  be unable to justify your absence at your post, you would be asked to make lost hours up. Otherwise, a sum would be deducted from your salary.

 

·         IMPORTANT. Please note that you are not allowed to work extra-hours unless you first ask for permission (ask for “une autorisation de cumul” before you accept any other job).

 

·         School holidays: You will have the same holidays as French pupils and teachers, that is: 10 days at All Saints (end October – beginning November), two weeks at Christmas, two weeks in winter (February) and two weeks in spring (April). For the winter and spring holidays, France is divided into three zones, so everyone is not on holiday at the same time. Lille is in zone B.

 

·         School routine :

I.                   The week begins on Monday morning and usually finishes on Saturday at 12 (Friday evening in primary schools). Pupils have between 25 and 32 hours of lessons a week.

II.                Each lesson usually lasts for 55 minutes in collèges and lycées and 45 minutes in primary schools.

III.             The schoolday usually begins at 8 a.m. and finishes at 4 or 5 p.m. in collèges and lycées ; it begins at 8.30 a.m. and finishes at 4.30 p.m. in primary schools.

 

·         Monthly salary: from 1st October 2009, it is 960.08 € before compulsory contributions to social security, ....  (disposable income : about 792 €).

 

·         The assistant’s role :  the assistant naturally works in close collaboration with the teacher(s) of the language concerned, and his/her role can be defined as follows :

1        assistance in oral practice with the pupils ;

2        participation in the language class along with the teacher ;

3        teaching the language if you have a 9-month contract in primary schools.

4        assistance in the teaching of subjects other than languages taught in European sections (it may be History, biology, mathematics….)

5        participation in various school activities ;

6        audio-recording of texts to add to the audiovisual collection of the CDI (Documentation and Information centre) at the collège or lycée, or of the BCD (Library and Documentation centre) at the primary school ;

7        preparation of documents to be used in language classes.

8        individual assistance to pupils ;

9        participation in the setting-up of exchange projects ;

10    animation of a language club.

 

 

* Vocabulary notes

 

Académie and rectorat :  Metropolitan France is divided into 25 academies, each one consisting of a varying number of regions (« départements »). The Lille Academy (« l’académie de Lille ») is made up of the regions of the Nord and the Pas-de-Calais. The recteur of an academy is responsible for applying the educational policy laid down by the Ministry of Education. You will find the different administrative services of the academy in the rectorat which is in charge of the lycées, whereas the collèges and primary schools (« écoles primaires ») are managed in each region by the Inspection  académique (with an Inspecteur d’académie at its head).

The Lille Academy is the most northerly; as regards the number of pupils and students, it is the second in France, just after Versailles.

 

IA-IPR: the job of the « Inspecteurs pédagogiques régionaux » in modern languages is to look after the teaching of these languages in the collèges and lycées.

 

 

Primary School: this is before the collège and there are five forms – CP, CE1, CE2, CM1 and CM2. Language teaching now involves all pupils in CE2, CM1, CM2, and is placed under the authority of the IEN (Inspecteurs de l’Education nationale), as are all other subjects.

 

District (“Circonscription”): this geographic area includes a certain number of primary schools and is placed under the authority of the Inspector (IEN).

 

The “référent”: the person in the district or in the secondary school who is directly responsible for the assistant throughout the period.

 

Collèges and lycées : there are 4 forms in the collège, from 6ème to 3ème and pupils are aged from 11 to 15 on average ; they then attend the lycée for 3 years, from forms 2e to Terminale at the end of which they take the Baccalaureate.

 

The Assistants’ file (« dossier de l’assistant(e) ») : consisting of contributions made by your predecessors in the school , it should give you practical information about the school, the neighbourhood, your work and so on.

 

The « contact » person:  there should be someone in your main school, usually a teacher, to assist you on arrival and help you organise your work.

 

Relay-teacher in the academy: in the Academy of Lille, there are four teachers whose role it is to help you in case of a major problem or one that cannot be solved on the spot: two for English-speakers, one for German-speakers and one for Spanish-speakers. Assistants of other languages (Arab, Italian, Portuguese and Russian) can turn to any one of these teachers.

DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THEM IMMEDIATELY IN CASE OF A PROBLEM.

 

The « Préfecture »: this is the headquarters of administrative services in each region (« département ») and is located in the main town of each region: Lille for the Nord and Arras for the Pas-de-Calais (rue Ferdinand Buisson).

 

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For further information about how to manage on arrival in France and about the National Education Authority you can consult:

  • the Ministère des Affaires étrangères (Foreign Office): www.France.diplomatie.fr (see: “venir en France” and “carnet d’adresses”);

 

  • the EGIDE : www.egide.asso.fr (practical information on different aspects of life in France) ;

 

 

For practical information:

 

 

  • the CNOUS (Centre national des oeuvres universitaires et scolaires): www.cnous.fr, see « je vais en France » and « la vie quotidienne » ;

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACTS AT THE RECTORAT:

 

RECTORAT DE L’ACADEMIE DE  LILLE

DEVEP – Bureau des Relations Internationales

 

Mademoiselle FRANCOIS, head or Madame DUFOUR, administrator

 

Tel: +33 3 20 15 94 78

 

Email: assistants@ac-lille.fr

 

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DO NOT FORGET TO CONSULT OUR WEBSITE (http://interlangues.discipline.ac-lille.fr/les-dossiers-langues/assistants), YOU WILL FIND PLENTY OF USEFUL INFORMATION AND INTERNET ADDRESSES

 

 

REMEMBER TOO TO BRING SOME PEDAGOGICAL MATERIAL WITH YOU: TOURIST BROCHURES, POSTERS, VARIED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY AND THE REGION YOU COME FROM, RESTAURANT MENUS, ETC, ETC… MYRIADS OF LITTLE THINGS LIKELY TO INTEREST THE PUPILS UNDER YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, TO AROUSE THEIR CURIOSITY IN YOUR COUNTRY AND ITS CULTURE

 

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YOU HAVE DOUBTLESS NUMEROUS TALENTS OR SKILLS IN DIFFERENT FIELDS (ARTISTIC OR OTHER), DO NOT HESITATE TO MENTION THEM ON ARRIVAL SO THAT YOUR PUPILS MAY BENEFIT FROM THEM.