Senior Teacher

Date: 14-Jan-2022

Location: Taipei, East Asia, TW

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.


Role:  Senior Teacher – Young Learners
Monthly salary: TWD115,055 ~ TWD124,243 depending on qualifications and experience.
Location: Shipai Building, Taipei - Taiwan
Start date: From February 2022
Contract Duration: Indefinite


About British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.


SBU overview
The English and Examinations Strategic Business Unit (E&E SBU) is one of three global strategic business units in the British Council (the others being Arts and Education & Society). The purpose of the SBUs is to support the British Council in its mission of building trust in the UK around the world by sharing aspects of our education systems, governance and culture.
E&E supports this mission by helping people around the world access the life-changing education and work opportunities that are created by learning English or gaining valuable world-recognised UK qualifications. Our work in fostering knowledge of the English language also helps provide a medium for communication worldwide, helping break down barriers of misunderstanding between cultures.


British Council Taiwan
The British Council Taiwan’s teaching operation is steadily growing, and Taipei is a dynamic place to both work and live.
There are currently two teaching centres in Taiwan, one in the Xin Yi area of Taipei and one in the Shipai area. There will also be a third centre opening in the Songshan area in July 2022. 
We teach a range of Primary, Secondary and Adult courses, with young learners making up over 70% of the current student volume. 
This role of Senior Teacher Young Learners will be based in our Shipai centre. We currently have just under 600 young learners studying in the Shipai centre. 


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 Accountability
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) are

     understood and implemented by academic colleagues in their day to day work.
•    Ensure other relevant colleagues (e.g. TOps, CS, YLAs) 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 CS 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, 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 Excellence Action Plan -

•    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 embedded in the centre


Essential requirements for the role:
•    Full Mastery of English across 4 skills, equivalent to CEFR C2 (IELTS Academic Paper Band 8/9 in each of the 4 sections).
•    Undergraduate Degree or Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Certificate TESOL or Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma TESOL or equivalent as recognised by

     the British Council or Relevant Young Learner qualification (e.g. TYLEC).
•    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:
•    Primary Prep/Primary aged 5 to 10 (400+ hours).
•    Lower Secondary aged 11 to 14 (400+ hours).
•    Upper Secondary aged 15 to 17 (400+ hours).
•    University/Vocational students aged 18 to 25 (400+hours).
•    Adults General English 18+ (400+ hours).


Additional Role Requirements 
•    Proof of identity requirements/right to work in country.
•    Candidates are expected to have researched whether they have the right to live and work in the country in which the role is based. Given that our

     offices have different legal status depending on the work we do in those countries, we recommend that you contact HR for additional information on

     the likelihood of securing a visa. Only at its discretion will the British Council provide support so please check first whether visa support is offered. 
•    Please note that all applications should be submitted in English only.

     It is advisable to apply in advance to avoid any technical issues at the last moment



Appliation closing date. Friday, 28 January 2022 23:59 Taiwan Time (GMT +8) 




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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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