Freelance Hourly Paid Teacher

Date: 12 Feb 2024

Location: Colombo, South Asia, LK Jaffna, South Asia, LK Kandy, South Asia, LK

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.


Pay band: Freelance Hourly Paid Teacher

Department: Teaching centre

Contract type: Freelance (consultancy agreement)

Location: Teaching Centers in Colombo,Kandy,Jaffna and Matara


Role Purpose


To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English


Challenges & Accountabilities


Plan, prepare and deliver high-quality English language teaching that meets the needs of different customer groups taking into account individual learning styles, integrating learning technologies into everyday classroom practice to enhance language learning, and completing teaching related duties to specified standards. This teaching will include adult learners initially and then based on centre needs and requirements, young learners.


Requirements and Pay



Newly Qualified Teacher

Teacher with post qualification experience



  • First Degree (or equivalent)
  • Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL
  • First Degree (or equivalent)
  • Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL
  • Relevant post qualification experience recognised by the British Council at the discretion of the British Council

Hourly paid rate

LKR 2,000 per teaching hour inclusive of course admin and teaching prep, mentor/class observation meetings and trainings.


LKR 2,500 per teaching hour inclusive of course admin and teaching prep, mentor/class observation meetings and trainings.



Additional Information


  • Teaching availability will depend on demand and operational requirements.
  • Peak teaching demand are during weekends and weekday evenings up to 10pm IST. Currently we have immediate demand for teaching.Peak demand is on weekday afternoon, evenings, and weekends.
  • This opportunity will suit candidates who can give us their availability during times of demand.
  • Teaching hours are not guaranteed and will depend on availability of classes.
  • Induction period is staggered and will include input sessions, class observations, and familiarisation of course materials. This period will be unpaid.


Other Requirements 


  • Sri Lankan citizen or holder of a valid work permit / residence visa (The British Council does not sponsor visa for these positions)
  • Need to produce all required documents for pre appoinment screening.This includes ID & address verification,Police Checks, 3 references



A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


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


Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.