Hourly Paid Teacher of English (Newly Qualified / Core) - Kolkata
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Pay Band: As mentioned in role profile / No. of Positions: Multiple / Duration: One year contract / Location: Kolkata / Applicants must have the legal right to work in India / Closing Date: 17 February 2019 ( 23:59 UK time)
Purpose of job:

To promote and deliver quality teaching and effective learning of English.
To support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission.

The British Council around the world

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.  

The South Asia region is of high priority for the UK and includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran (non-represented) and Nepal.  

The British Council in India 

The British Council has been operating in India since 1948.  Our vision is of a bilateral relationship strengthened by improved economic, social and cultural opportunities for the next generation of young people in India.  

We work in arts, education and by sharing the English language and increasingly focus on transformative programmes online (with the aim of reaching of tens of millions of people  in 2018 and more in future years) and through partnerships in States across the country. In 2016-17 we engaged with almost 3.2m people through our operations and libraries in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and through centres in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, and Pune in partnership with the Indian Institute of Cultural Relations. A ten-year-long programme with State Governments has trained over 1m teachers in government schools and reached 35m children.   In addition, in 2016-17 we taught thousands of students in our teaching centres in New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.  British Council India Exams business has recently separated into a new entity in Gurgaon and offers UK qualifications to hundreds of thousands of Indians wishing to enhance their English language, academic and professional skills.    

The 2017 UK-India Year of Culture was announced by Prime Minister Modi during his 2015 visit to the UK, and launched by Her Majesty The Queen and Hon’ble Finance Minister Jaitley at a star-studded reception at Buckingham Palace.  The British Council in India curated a programme that celebrated the modern-day relationship between the UK and India, connected with young people and inspired them to build a relationship for the next 70 years.  The Year achieved a physical audience reach of 7.5 million people, a total social media reach of 75 million, and press readership of 754 million.  

2018 marks 70 years of the British Council in India and the end of the UK-India Year of Culture. We’ve been inspired every day of the last 70 years by the artists, students, scientists and policy makers we’ve worked with across India.  This year, we want to share the stories of the great things we’ve done together, tell new stories, and inspire millions of young people to develop connections for the next 70 years.

The Opportunity

Support British Council’s global English strategy by:        
1. Delivering teaching to the highest standards of ELT.  
2. Enhancing British Council’s reputation as a world authority in ELT.        
3. Continuing professional development and sharing of best practices.

For further information please see the documents below: 

Role Profile - Newly Qualified Teacher.pdf
Role Profile - Core Teacher.pdf 
BC Behaviours.pdf
Core Skills.pdf

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply by 17 February 2019 (UK time 23:59). 

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. Our policy aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, colour, creed, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.  

British Council has a fundamental duty of care towards all children we engage with including a duty to protect them from abuse (Abuse falls into four categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect). In the context of our work, child protection therefore means putting in all reasonable measures in our activity planning and work practices to protect children engaging in British Council activities from abuse. We believe in establishing a child safe environment one that has a careful and thorough staff selection process, child friendly policies, clear guidelines and management systems in place.