Npw - Hourly Paid Teacher

Date: 13 Apr 2024

Location: Sofia, European Union, BG

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.

The British Council is looking for suitably qualified, experienced and committed applicants to join its team of English language teaching professionals in Bulgaria.
We offer competitive rates of pay and provide teachers with a supportive work environment as well as opportunities to teach a range of different age groups and course types. 
We are also committed to supporting teachers’ ongoing professional development through regular training and mentoring because we believe the best teachers are learning teachers. 


Job Title: Hourly Paid Teacher of English, Teaching Centre Sofia, Bulgaria 


Role Purpose: 
•    To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English
•    To support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission


Teachers support British Council’s global English strategy by:
•    Planning, preparing and delivering high quality English language teaching that meets the needs of different customer groups taking into account individual learning styles.
•    Monitoring progress and provide regular feedback to help manage students’ performance throughout the course, and actively promote learner autonomy.
•    Contributing to the development, evaluation, and improvement of English language courses, materials and related services.
•    Ensuring teaching meets Teaching Excellence Standards and reflects the British Council Statement of Approach.
•    Using technology during lessons when required.
•    Finishing administrative tasks in a timely and accurate manner.
•    Contributing to the development of lasting, mutually beneficial relationships by enhancing students’ understanding of the contemporary UK.
•    Assisting in covering classes for colleagues.
•    Actively engaging in professional development and performance management to ensure quality and high standards in teaching and learning and maintain British Council’s position at the forefront of best ELT practices.
•    Supporting local marketing and promotional strategy and assist the teaching centre team in delivering excellent customer service.
•    Ensuring guidelines are applied and upheld in line with standards and policy for the following areas:
•    Safeguarding
•    Equality, diversity and inclusion
•    Health and safety

Minimum professional requirements (qualifications/experience):
Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL or recognised equivalent qualification 

High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module

Undergraduate/University degree  

Experience in teaching adults 
Adults (18+): 400++ hours

Plus one or more of the following groups: 
Secondary (12-17): 400+ hours 
Primary (7-11): 400+ hours 
Early Years (4-6): 200+ hours

•    Should be comfortable and willing to teach across different age groups
•    Proven experience teaching online
•    Willing to teach both online and face-to-face
•    Willing to teach evenings and possibly weekends

Pay: Hourly Paid Teacher Rates (NQT/Certificate-qualified/Diploma-qualified). 
Note that successful applicants will be self-employed.


Other requirements: 
• Regular attendance at Teaching Team meetings is expected and paid
• Participation in training is normally paid in part (external/third-party training) or in full (INSETT) and while INSETT attendance is not mandatory, participation in some form of regular professional development activity is expected.
• Teachers may be asked to help with non-teaching tasks such as placement testing, materials development or mentoring and they are paid for this at an agreed hourly rate (admin/development) as per their Letter of Agreement. 

The successful applicant must have the right to live and work in Bulgaria.

The British Council has a fundamental duty of care of all children engaged in activities with us under our mandatory Safeguarding Policy, which all our contractors must be familiar with and follow. The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC 1989.

Closing Date: Sunday, 30 June 2024, applications will close at 23:59 EEST time


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


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