Teaching Centre Assistant

Date: 9 Jul 2024

Location: Bilbao, European Union, ES

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.



Teaching Centre Assistant 





British Council Spain operates a network of teaching centres throughout the country, delivering English teaching to some 30,000 students every year. In addition to teaching students directly, we operate the British Council’s only school, in Madrid, a sizeable exams operation, we offer support in English language learning around the country, and we run strong programmes in arts and education and society. The British Council delivers a number of Early Years programmes in a range of different contexts in Europe to children between 2 and 5 years old. British Council Early Years provision is seen as pioneering best practice in ECE (Early Childhood Education) thereby enhancing UK’s leadership and shared learning through international education. Context specific info: Part-time. Various timetables offered both on-site and off-site. Extra-curricular English classes.





To support the class teachers in Teaching and Learning and with the care and well-being of the children at the British Council.



Challenges & Accountabilities:


To support the teachers in the planning, preparation, delivery and assessment of all curricular related activies to ensure learning is advanced

To take an active part in the class activities, setting up planned activities, supporting pupils and responding appropriately, in order to advance learning

To use effective language, questioning and understanding to support learning activities

To support and create attractive and interactive displays to extend learning both within and

beyond the classroom

To support any initiatives put into action in the centre

To ensure a safe and secure learning environment in the classroom

To constantly work to keep classroom areas tidy and free of clutter helping children to put away the equipment at the end of the day with the equipment well stored and the floor ready to be cleaned.


Off-site specific duties:

To support Early Years teachers and off-site coordinator with collection of children from the playground before the beginning of classes

Help collect children who are missing from their class once the class has started

In agreement with the coordinator, inform parents of any absences

To work with more than one group of children if necessary.


Key relationships: (include internal and external)


Class Teacher

Parents, guardians, carers

Off-site school coordinator

Early Years coordinator

Customer Service EY Assistant

Off-site school contacts

Child Protection coordinator

Teaching centre management



Role specific knowledge and experience


Right to work in country

Essential - Practical experience and/or training in an educational setting

Desirable - 1 year of classroom experience working with children aged 2-5

B1 level or above in English and B1 level or above in the local language

To use equipment and resources that are suitable for the size and maturity of the children in the class

To set up and clear the learning environment before and after each lesson as required

To be prepared to change and clean children if necessary (intimate care)

To pass on any information that comes to you in written or verbal form quickly and accurately, making sure that the information is given to all who need it

In agreement with the teacher, inform parents of any incidents that may have occurred during the day

Work with substitute teacher if main teacher is absent.



Further Information


Payband: Grade J

Department: Business Delivery

Contract type: Permanent- Part time 

Location: Bilbao - Spain

Start date: 1st October 2024





ClosingDate:      applications will close on 25 of August 2024 at 23:00 




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Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


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