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Teacher Assistant-Hourly Paid

Date: 19-Feb-2021

Location: Singapore, East Asia, SG

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.



Contract: hourly paid
Location: various teaching centres in Singapore depending on business need

Start Date: ASAP

Advert closing date: 7 March 2021 - 23:59 Singapore Time (GMT +8)

Role Purpose

To provide ongoing support to staff and customers both inside and outside the classroom and contribute towards the smooth running of the Young Learner Programmes in Singapore.


Challenges & Accountabilities

•    Working in a large international organisation with a wide range of individuals 
•    Dealing with parent expectations
•    Caring for a large number of students

•    Some unsociable working hours including both Saturdays and Sunday and sometimes evenings


Main Accountabilities
Floor Walking

•    Monitor students in the centre before, after and between classes

•    Ensure children do not enter restricted areas and do not cause disturbances on the premises
•    Supervise children who need to leave the classroom  
•    Ensure the British Council Child Protection Policy is followed 
•    Direct parents and students to classes and the customer service team for trial classes
•    Fire Marshall and First Aider in case of emergencies (training to be provided)


•    Support the team to prepare and maintain materials 
•    Help create displays of student work
•    Print, cut and laminate materials

Customer Management

•    Give basic information to parents and students about British Council programmes and refer customers to the Customer Management team

Teaching Assistant 

•    Communicate with and assist classroom teachers 
•    Help children to settle into the class environment and routines 
•    Manage student book borrowing
•    Guide students when completing written work
•    Encourage participation of students in the classroom

Professional Development

•    Complete mandatory British Council training
•    Complete face to face training such as Intimate Care Training, when the training is offered.

Other possible responsibilities

•    Work on ad-hoc projects as agreed with the academic management team
•    Assist with events held at the centre such as Open House and Parent Teacher Meetings


•    Good level (IELTS 6) of spoken and written English

•    Working with children:
  -  Ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and well-being of children
  -  Effective communication and engagement with colleagues and customers

•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
•    A positive approach to working with children and the ability to motivate, inspire and build rapport
•    Excellent team working ability

 •    Professional development opportunities – we offer a broad range of professional courses to large corporations and that is available for our staff members too!

Additional Information
•    As we cannot sponsor work passes for hourly-paid positions applicants must already have the right to live and work in Singapore.


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


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.


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