Hourly-paid teacher 1

Date: 03-Nov-2022

Location: Bucharest, European Union, RO

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.


Job Title: Online Hourly-paid Teacher of English
If you would like to combine your teaching skills with helping disadvantaged children, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!


The British Council Black Sea and Wider Europe cluster (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania and Ukraine) teaches a range of Young Learner (early years, primary, and secondary young learner) and Adult courses. Young learners make up approximately 75% of our student numbers. There are 5 age groups of young learners, of which the youngest are 3 years old. There are also corporate and offsite classes.


The cluster teaching team includes senior teachers for young learners and adults as well as over 100 teachers across the four countries.


In addition to our regular classroom teaching, we are now looking for teachers to work online on a project we run with a partner foundation teaching teenagers from disadvantaged background in Romania. As part of this project, the foundation provides educational opportunities across a range of subjects, with the British Council providing the English component. This is the third year of the project, which is now expanding greatly due to its initial success.


The next stage of the project will run from February to July 2023. Students will attend class once a week for a ninety-minute lesson. Classes will run from Monday to Friday with lessons taking place between 08:30-19:15. All lessons will take place online, using Zoom, and teaching materials and academic support will be provided by the British Council.


We are looking for teachers who would be available for the full period of the project and could teach at least five groups per week (7.5 hours of teaching).


Role Purpose: 

•    To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English.

•    To support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission.


Main Accountabilities:

Support British Council’s global English strategy by


•    Planning, preparing and delivering high quality English language teaching that meets the needs of different customer groups taking into account individual learning styles.

•    Monitoring progress and provide regular feedback to help manage students’ performance throughout the course, and actively promote learner autonomy.

•    Contributing to the development, evaluation, and improvement of English language courses, materials and related services.

•    Ensuring teaching meets the standards expected in Teaching and Learning Reviews, the annual Academic Quality Plans and organisational expectations.

•    Using technology during lessons when required.

•    Finishing administrative tasks in a timely and accurate manner.

•    Contributing to the development of lasting, mutually beneficial relationships by enhancing students’ understanding of the contemporary UK.

•    Assisting in covering classes for colleagues.

•    Actively engaging in professional development and performance management to ensure quality and high standards in teaching and learning and maintain British Council’s position at the forefront of best ELT practices.

•    Supporting local marketing and promotional strategy and assist the teaching centre team in delivering excellent customer service.

•    Ensuring safeguarding and other guidelines are applied and upheld in line with standards and policy for the following areas:

-    Child protection

-    Equality, diversity and inclusion

-    Health and safety


Role specific knowledge and experience


  • A minimum of 1 year of teaching experience.
  • CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL certificate.
  • Experience of teaching young learners aged 11-18 years old.
  • Experience of teaching online.
  • Have own laptop/computer and access to a stable Internet connection.


  • Experience of working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Certificate in teaching online.
  • Experience of teaching two or more of the following age groups:
  • Very Young learners <4 (300+ hours)
  • Young learners aged 4 to 7 (300+ hours)
  • Young learners aged 8 to 10 (300+ hours)
  • Young learners aged 11 to 17 (300+hours)
  • Adults aged 18+ (300+ hours)


Role Specific Skills

Teaching skills (all at core level):

•    Engage and motivate learners

•    Create a positive and inclusive learning environment

•    Subject knowledge

•    Plan and deliver coherent lessons

•    Make use of feedback and assessment

•    Manage teaching and learning resources

•    Uphold professional responsibilities and values


Working with Children

•    Ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and well-being of children

•    Effective communication and engagement with children and their families

•    Knowledge and understanding of child development and its impact on learning and behaviour

•    Knowledge and understanding of positive disciplinary methods


Certification and Professional Qualifications


•    Cambridge CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent

•    Undergraduate/University degree 


•    Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma or equivalent

•    PGCE/B.Ed in Primary/Secondary or relevant subject


•    MA (TESOL or other related subject)


Language Requirements:

High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module.


Pay Band: Local grade: Teacher/hourly paid
Location: Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Ukraine
Type of Contract: Fixed-term/renewable

Employment Requirements: Pre-existing right to work in Bulgaria/Georgia/Romania/Ukraine.
Closing Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022, applications will close at 19:29 UK time




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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.


If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org


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