Senior Teacher

Date: 12 Feb 2024

Location: Paris, European Union, FR

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.


Country: France
Department: English Management 
Contract type: CDI
Duration: Permanent contract


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

Challenges & Accountabilities


Teacher Support 

  • Provide effective line management 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.
  • Proactively monitor the well-being of all line managees and provide an appropriate level of personal support.
  • Act as duty officer where appropriate to provide support for teachers, parents, students.
  • Assist in the recruitment, induction and onboarding of new teachers.
  • Provide or set up mentoring programmes for new teachers/teachers teaching new life stages etc where appropriate


Teaching Excellence

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of an annual CPD programme which aligns with Regional Teaching Excellence Action Plan.
  • Actively identify appropriate opportunities for staff learning and development.
  • Act as a role model for good classroom practice by encouraging teachers to observe you or others teaching, doing demonstration lessons, leading teacher development sessions and conducting observations.
  • Share thought leadership. Routinely monitor developments in ELT theory and practice and bring these to the attention of your teaching team through presentations, practical sessions, recommended reading.
  • Represent the British Council at local ELT conferences, where appropriate
  • Proactively look for opportunities to highlight examples of best practice within the centre and externally.


Product and service delivery and development

  • Ensure frameworks to support teaching and learning (Statements of Approach, IP, Teaching Standards Framework, Product guidelines, TEAP- Teaching Excellence Action Plan) are understood and implemented by academic colleagues in their day to day work.
  • Ensure other relevant colleagues (e.g. Teacher Operatios, Customer Service, Teacher Assistants) are aware of frameworks to support teaching and learning.
  • Ensure teachers communicate relevant policies to learners (e.g. statement of approach, behaviour policy, product information, EDI etc) during the course and support and advise other teams with communications (e.g Customer Service and Marketing).
  • Work with the Teaching Operations and Customer Services teams to deal with academic enquiries or complaints ensuring teachers are fully briefed and consulted where appropriate.
  • Contribute as appropriate to cluster / regional product team.
  • Contribute to the regional monitoring and evaluation of global products and related services to meet students’ needs.
  • Organise the piloting of new courses and materials where relevant.
  • Introduce new products to teaching staff and provide training and support for teachers 


Safeguarding, Equality Diversity and Inclusion ( EDI) and SEND 

  • 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.
  • Embed EDI through delivery of regional EDI objectives and workplans through local 
  • teaching teams (e.g. through Teaching Exellence Action Plan - TEAP).
  • Act as or support country SEND champion / Country SENCO and work with Teaching 
  • Operations, CS and other colleagues as appropriate to ensure teaching centre inclusion policy is effectively embeded in the centre.



  • EU working rights and capacity to work in Paris. Working hours include Saturdays.
  • Full Mastery of English across 4 skills, equivalent to CEFR C2 (IELTS Academic Paper Band 8/9 in each of the 4 sections)
  • 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 relevant age groups to be specified by the centre
    • Early Years aged 2 to 5 (400+hours).
    • Primary aged 6 to 10 (400+ hours).
    • Lower Secondary aged 11 to 14 (800+ hours).
    • Upper Secondary aged 15 to 17 (400+ hours).
    • University/Vocational students aged 18 to 25 (400+hours).
    • Adults General English 18+ (800+ hours).
  • Undergraduate Degree.
  • Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Certificate TESOL.
  • Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma TESOL or equivalent as recognised by the British Council.
  • Relevant Young Learner qualification (for Senior Teacher YL).


As appropriate within Global British Council Teaching Standards at an Advanced level

  • 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


Benefits include


  • 35-hour work week.
  • Leave: 35 congés payés (annual leave) for full time employees and 6 privileged days. 
  • Tickets restaurants
  • Company health insurance
  • Life Insurance.


Closing Date:  Applications will close on 04/03/2024 at 23:59 (Central European Time(CET)


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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