Freelance Teacher

Date: 03-Feb-2023

Location: Prague, European Union, CZ

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.


Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Academic Year is September-June with summer school in July and August, renewable
Working hours: Most Young Learner Classes are delivered on weekday afternoons, Adult classes are in the mornings and evenings. On Saturday mornings we have Adults and Teens classes.
Salary: hourly rate based on qualifications and experience


Role Context and Purpose 

The Teaching Centre in Prague is well established and respected but is operating in a competitive market. The centre delivers around 13,000 class hours a year broadly divided between Young Learners and adults and a growing corporate market. While YL numbers are consistently growing, like elsewhere in Europe there is a challenge to maintain the adult student numbers. The centre is managed by an academic management team of 1 senior teacher and 3 coordinators and the post holder will report to one of these posts. 


There is an established CPD programme which the post holder will be expected to take part in and contribute to. We work closely with the cluster teaching centres in Poland, Greece, Slovakia and Hungary.


As a Freelance Teacher you will support British Council’s global English strategy by

  • delivering teaching to the highest standards of ELT
  • enhancing British Council’s reputation as a world authority in ELT
  • continuing professional development and sharing of best practices


Freelance teachers are central to the teaching mix and are expected to work professionally to deliver high quality classes and support the centre. Freelance teachers are required to have a Czech business licence and to invoice the British Council monthly for work done. Teachers are required to teach a variety of course types and age groups.


The centre can offer reliable, well-paid and varied freelance work plus excellent development opportunities through our active and funded external training and INSETT programmes. We are particularly interested in teachers who can teach young learners weekday afternoons and are available to teach on Saturday mornings. 



As appropriate within Global British Council Teaching Standards at a CORE 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


A freelance teacher will be given one or more classes. They must be able to cover the full-term teaching schedule for this / these classes. For example, a class every Saturday at 9:00-12:15 for the full thirteen/twelve-week term. There will also be stand-by and long-term cover work available with the possibility of work in the summer.



- Applicants must have the right to live and work in the Czech Republic. We are unable to secure work permits for non-EU nationals. This extends to British citizens post-Brexit.

- All applicants need to apply for a police check. This needs to be completed prior to post.

- Applicants will be employed as outside contractors. Therefore, they must be established as self-employed (be holders of Zivnostensky list) in the Czech Republic prior to post.



Essential: Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL (Core)

Desirable: CELTYL or TYLEC; DELTA or Dip TEFL/TESOL (Higher); MA TESOL (or equivalent)



Essential: High proficiency in English i.e. CEFR level of C2/ IELTS Band 8+ in each of 4 sections of the academic module

Desirable: proficient in online delivery using Zoom or similar platforms



Essential: 2 years’ post-certificate (Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL) experience; Experience in teaching at least two of the relevant age groups: 

    1. Young Learners teaching aged 7 to 13 (200+ hours)
    2. Young Learners teaching aged 14 – 17 (200+ hours)
    3. Adults teaching (200+ hours)

Desirable: Young learners teaching aged 7 to 13 (400+ hours); Teaching a range of different levels and exam preparation classes; Experience teaching online.


We are looking for new freelance teachers to start as soon as possible, therefore we will contact and interview suitable candidates as they apply. Please do not apply for multiple roles. 


If you have any questions regarding this vacancy please contact us at:





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Equality Statement


The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 


The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

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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