Sat Sep 22 07:45:47 GMT+00:00 2018

English teacher (with a strong desire for professional development)

Deadline: Mon 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Applicants with the appropriate legal status for employment in the European Union preferred
  • Deadline: Mon 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
  • Poland, Bydgoszcz.
  • International House Bydgoszcz
  • Experience: ENTRY LEVEL
  • Positions: 7

Job Summary

We need enthusiastic teachers interested in developing professionally to join our successful school. With a strong development program, particularly for recently-qualified teachers, and a cooperative and supportive teaching and administration team, IH Bydgoszcz is a great school to work at. We were rated as excellent in many categories (including teaching, admin and professional development) in our last IH inspection, and aim to support teachers to maintain these standards for our students.

Details of Position

Start Date: 17/09/2018
Duration: 10 months (with the possibility to renew for 2019-2020)


What your teaching timetable will look like
- 19-20 clock hours a week
- Mix of classes, including teens and adults, maybe some young learners
- One-to-ones
- Some business or company clients
- Occasional cover classes if other teachers are sick
- Most classes Monday to Thursday, with one or two classes on a Friday. No Saturday teaching.

Support is provided with all teaching, so don't worry if it's a level or age you have no experience of!


Other timetable info
- 30-minute weekly administrative meeting for all teachers, plus professional development sessions, on Fridays.
- Up to three Friday evenings and three Saturday mornings per year for our student social programme as part of your contract.


Other administration requirements
- Keeping online registers up-to-date
- Setting and marking homework for every lesson
- Setting and marking continual assessments in all skill and language areas
- Writing reports for all students twice a year
- Alerting senior staff to any problems there may be, informally through discussion, and formally through an online reporting system.

We provide ongoing support and advice to help you meet all of these requirements.


IH Bydgoszcz is committed to looking after the welfare of its staff and students, and expects all employees to share this commitment. By applying for this job you confirm that you are of suitable character, safe to work with children and young people, and have no relevant criminal convictions.


About the school and the city

Bydgoszcz is in the north of Poland, with excellent transport links to the rest of Europe, including an international airport with direct flights to London Stansted, London Luton, Birmingham and Frankfurt, making it a good base to explore from. It is also within easy reach of airports in Gdansk, Poznan and Warsaw by bus and train.

The city has about 360,000 people, with nightlife, cinemas and more shopping malls than any town this size really needs. It is well-known for its beautiful parks, including one next door to the school and another to the north of the city, which is the largest city park in Poland. It is especially attractive in the spring.

Few people dream of Poland as the place they want to end up once they've qualified as an EFL teacher. Fewer still have heard of our city, and even fewer can pronounce it, but everyone who lives here comes to appreciate how liveable it is as a city, and how great it is as a base for exploration of the rest of Poland and Europe.

Our school is a demanding place to work, but it is also incredibly rewarding, and we hope it will stand you in good stead for the rest of your teaching career. Why not come and join us? You won't regret it!


Essential role requirements:
You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification, including 6 hours of observed teaching with feedback.

EU passport holders ONLY can be considered for this post due to visa restrictions.

Full mastery of English across all 4 skills to CEFR C2/IELTS band 8 required, evidenced by a high standard of written and spoken English throughout the application process if you do not have English proficiency certificates. This applies to both native and non-native applicants.

Salary and Benefits

Salary: 1,650-2,118 PLN per month depending on qualifications, experience and years at IH (as detailed in the contract).
- Basic salary paid regardless of hours worked.
- Overtime paid if necessary.
- Travel time is paid, and wherever possible you will be driven to offsite classes.
- Other increments may be added, depending on your timetable.
- Rent on shared accommodation in a flat with another teacher within 25 minutes walking distance of the school, including utilities (not phone/internet), all paid by school.
- We reimburse flights from London to Bydgoszcz, and provide return transport, Bydgoszcz - London on completion of the contract, or will refund the equivalent value for other travel methods or routes.


Teacher development programme
- One week of induction, starting on 17th September 2018
- Weekly workshops
- Collaborative planning meetings (level meetings)
- Regular developmental observations, including 10-20 minute drop-ins, and 45-minute formal observations
- Opportunities to arrange peer and video observations
- Free attendance at the IH Bydgoszcz and Torun Teacher Training Days in November and April.
- Returning teachers can complete the 2-week intensive IH Certificate in Teaching Younger Learners and Teenagers at the start of their second year. The course is free; teachers just cover the cost of the certificate.
- Other professional development activities depending on the requests of the teaching team.
- Weekly Polish lessons provided.

The staffroom is very supportive, and senior staff are available to help with anything you need when planning.


- All EU citizens are eligible for national healthcare under the Polish health system. However, the school may also cover the cost of private healthcare arrangements at its own discretion.
- Teachers MUST bring a valid European Health Card with them.
- The cost of medication and dental care are not covered.
- You are paid when you are sick as long as you have a valid doctor's certificate.


Dates will be confirmed on your contract. At the moment, in 2018-2019 you can expect:
- 4 days of holiday in November
- Nearly 2 weeks at Christmas/New Year
- 2 weeks in January (though we ask one or two staff members to work during that holiday)
- 1 day in March
- 6 days for Easter
- 5 days in May.

Approximately two weeks pro-rata holiday pay is paid at the end of the contract, or four weeks if you have worked in January. Pro-rata is calculated on a ten-month basis: 1 Sept. to 30 June.

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