Experience and conditions of employment
We require two years’ relevant experience post qualification.
Young Learner experience is highly valued. As we work with minors (under 18 year olds), we are required to perform UK criminal records checks on all teachers we employ.
If a candidate meets our minimum requirements and has an EU passport or Spanish Work permit but is not physically able to attend an interview in Madrid we will interview by telephone. However, there are tax implications for non-residents (24%) which have to be considered before relocating to Madrid.
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We will recruit Americans or Australians if they have an EU passport or Spanish Work permit. We cannot process any work visas.
The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and diversity and this is reflected across all our teaching centres with a diverse mix of teachers from many different countries.
Estimated Nº of teachers recruited
Last year we recruited approximately 60 teachers. Teachers in general stay with us for 4-5 years, and a large number stay for longer.
Teachers at British Council for over 4 years
About 50% of our teachers have been with us for more than 4 years.
Numbers of students per term:
Madrid Adults - 3,000, Madrid Young Learners - 5,300, Somosaguas Teaching Centre - 2,400, Alcalá de Henares - 1,000, Alcobendas - 850, Las Rozas 500, Villaviciosa – 450, Segovia – 350.
Teacher Training and Development
During the academic year, most centres run weekly paid sessions dedicated to training and teachers can attend sessions in other centres. The content of the sessions is determined by a needs analysis along with the needs of the centre. We also offer extra training, particularly involving ICT integration.
During the summer courses we offer optional training sessions for teachers who do not work here in the academic year (e.g. Using IWBs, Classroom Management). Teachers who opt in are paid for their attendance and participation in the sessions. These sessions take place after or before normal teaching hours on selected days and normally take about an hour.
Some British Council teachers attend the TESOL Spain conference, IATEFL Learning Technologies conference, IATEFL ELT Management conference and give talks at the annual British Council Madrid September Education Conference. These and similar conferences give our centres a way to encounter new ideas while sharing our best practice with others in and out of the British Council.
Summer teaching rate
The rate of pay for summer teaching work is €21.15 per hour.
Most summer teachers are contracted to teach approximately 100 hours per month, with slight variations depending on the centre of employment.
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Working at the British Council Madrid
Over the course of a year, there are 495,000 students learning English and other skills through the medium of English in our teaching centres around the world. The training and working opportunities available in our centres in Madrid are excellent.
The British Council supports its teachers doing the DELTA and provides further in-house training sessions on a weekly basis. British Council teachers in Madrid often decide to join the British Council network in 229 towns and cities, within 110 countries worldwide, offering job opportunities at various levels throughout the year. Some even gain experience in another country by teaching a summer course in another centre.
Teachers, managers and support staff are professional, helpful and welcoming, and our jobs offer you scope for versatility, initiative and creativity in a stimulating and supportive environment. You will be encouraged to pursue your personal and professional development via training, on-the-job-coaching, and individual study.