Senior Teacher Early Years and Primary - Colombo

Date: 14-May-2022

Location: Colombo, South Asia, LK

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.




The English and Examinations Strategic Business Unit (E&E) is one of three strategic business units in the British Council (the others being Arts and Education & Society) all of which have the remit to build trust for the people of the UK by building relationships through aspects of our language and culture. E&E achieves this by enabling people across the world to access the life-changing education and work opportunities that are created by learning English or gaining valuable UK qualifications. Promoting the English language also provides a medium for communication, helping break down barriers of misunderstanding or mistrust between cultures.


The British Council’s 2020 vision for English & Examinations is to be the world authority in high quality English language teaching, learning and assessment, as well as the International distributor of choice for UK professional and school qualifications


This role is a new role as part of English Transformation programme. In line with the Global Recruitment policy, standard application and recruitment decisions will apply for this role.


Role purpose 


  • To maintain and enhance professional development and academic quality in the teaching centre, through the management of in-house teacher development programmes and support.
  • To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English.
  • To provide learners with a rewarding and stimulating English language learning experience.
  • To support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission


Main accountabilities


  • Provide effective line management (up to 8 contract teachers and additional freelance teachers depending on centre requirements) and support for staff including observations as per performance management guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all teaching is delivered to standards set out in teachers Role Profiles, the Global Statement of Approach and British Council Global Teaching Standards
  • Lead and coordinate with other Senior Teachers on the design and implementation of an annual CPD programme which aligns with Regional Teaching Excellence Action Plan.
  • Oversee content and delivery of young learner courses and ensure that they meet the needs and expectations of current/ future students and their parents by ensuring all young learner courses have appropriate teaching materials, a detailed course outline, an appropriate set of learning aims and assessment tasks, and teachers have access to a range of supplementary teaching materials.
  • Ensure frameworks to support teaching and learning (Statements of Approach, IP, Teaching Standards Framework, Product guidelines, TEAP) are understood and implemented by academic colleagues in their day to day work.
  • Ensure other relevant colleagues (e.g. TOps, CS, TAs) are aware of frameworks to support teaching and learning.
  • Embed Safeguarding culture in teaching and learning through contributing to country safeguarding risk assessment and plan and implementing assigned actions.
  • act as Deputy / Safeguarding Focal point as appropriate to size of country operation and risk profile.
  • Lead on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the English language courses and services for Primary and Early Years learners (ages 2-10) in teaching and partner centres island wide
  • Lead on the Customer Engagement strategy for the centre island wide in close consultation with other Senior Teachers across product groups/ branches and the Customer Engagement Coordinator


Role specific skills


  • Demonstrate subject knowledge
  • Engage and motivate learners
  • Create a positive and inclusive learning environment
  • Plan and deliver coherent lessons
  • Make use of assessment and feedback
  • Manage teaching and learning resources
  • Uphold professional responsibilities and values.


Knowledge and Experience




2 years post-diploma i.e. DELTA/Trinity Diploma TESOL experience.

Extensive knowledge and experience of management and delivery of teacher training.

Experience of line managing/ coordinating teaching teams.

Experience in teaching:

  • Early Years aged 2 to 5 (600+hours).
  • Primary aged 6 to 10 (1000+ hours).
  • Lower and Middle Secondary aged 11 to 15 (400+ hours).





TYLEC or equivalent

Experience in teaching:

  • Upper Secondary aged 16 to 17 (400+ hours).
  • University/Vocational students aged 18 to 25 (400+hours).
  • Adults General English 18+ (400+ hours).




  • Full Mastery of English across 4 skills, equivalent to CEFR C2 (IELTS Academic Paper Band 8/9 in each of the 4 sections).

Other important features or requirements of the job



  • The Teaching Centre operates over a seven-day week from 07:00 – 21:30 (hours may vary based on operational demand)
  • Teaching Centre staff have different weekend patterns with 2 consecutive days off (not Saturday or Sunday) and generally work on an afternoon/evening shift with the occasional possibility of some morning/ early afternoon work.
  • Professional training/ corporate courses will require offsite work/ client meetings
  • Some classes tend to run until 9.00-10.00pm.
  • All teachers have a mix of YL and adult classes. 




Further Information


  • Pay Band – Senior Teacher
  • Contract Type – 2-Year FTC
  • Location – Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Requirements - Sri Lankan citizen or in possession of a valid work visa to work in Sri Lanka. The British Council will sponsor a resident visa for an overseas passport holder who is not a Sri Lankan citizen for the duration of the fixed term contract.
  • Closing Date – 31st May 2022 (23:59 UK Time)
  • Interviews will commence on the week 06th June 2022




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.


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