- Start Date: January 2019
- Duration: June 2019 (with the possibility to return next academic year)
- Salary: 1,650–2,118 PLN per month depending on qualifications and experience, years at school, and timetable issues (as detailed in the contract). Other increments may be added, depending on timetable. Accommodation provided too.
Essential role requirements:
- You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification
- The role is open only to those with the right to work in the EU.
Full mastery of English across all 4 skills to CEFR C2/IELTS band 8 required, with clear evidence of a high level of written and spoken competence throughout the application process. This applies to both native and non-native applicants.
We are looking for enthusiastic teachers interested in developing professionally to join our successful school.
Teacher development programme
All teachers receive an induction, including those joining the school mid-year. We run weekly workshops and collaborative planning meetings (‘level meetings’). All teachers are assigned a mentor. You will get free attendance at the IH Torun Teacher Training Days March. Observations include 10-20 minute drop-ins soon after you join the school, up to three formal developmental observations, and opportunities to arrange peer observations. The staffroom is very supportive, and senior staff are available to help with anything you need when planning.
The school is an approved IHCYLT training centre (IH Certificate in Teaching Younger Learners and Teenagers), and teachers returning may be given the chance to do a two-week intensive IHCYLT with us in September. The course is free if the teacher passes and completes their contract of employment, though teachers do need to cover the cost of the certificate itself.
Basic Polish lessons are provided, one hour once a week for your first year at IH Bydgoszcz. These may continue in later years depending on demand.
What your timetable will look like
Your timetable will be a mix of classes, including 121s and in-company groups. As you are joining mid-year, the majority of your classes will be adults, though you may be asked to cover young learners or teens. Lessons happen Monday to Friday, with no weekend teaching.
You will generally teach up to 25 teaching hours (19 clock hours) in any one week, with the possible addition of cover classes if other staff are off, up to a maximum of 28 teaching hours. Basic salary is paid regardless of hours worked, and overtime is paid if necessary. The earliest starts are 8:00 and the latest finishes are at 21:00, but any teacher working outside an 11-hour time band in a single day is paid an increment (e.g. if you start at 08:00 and finish after 19:00).
You may be asked to teach classes offsite, either in company or in satellite schools. Travel time is paid, and wherever possible you will be driven to offsite classes. The majority of teachers at the school should expect to have some travel in their timetables.
On Fridays, there is a 30-minute administrative meeting for all teachers, and most professional development sessions happen on the same day. Classes finish by 19:15 on Fridays.
If you return to the school for a second year, you will have a wider range of age groups, levels and class types.
We also require teachers to participate in up to four activities in our social programme for students on a rota basis. This happens on three Friday evenings and three Saturday mornings throughout the year. They're great fun and students and teachers get a lot out of them!
We support you with report writing, setting and marking continual assessments and how to keep our online registers up-to-date. Senior staff will help you to monitor student progress, and keep them informed through an online reporting system.
• Strong time management skills.
• (Due to the mid-year start) A little post-CELTA experience and/or a Pass A/B at CELTA.
• Some 121 and/or in-company experience.
• 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.
• We are a mental health friendly school, and we work hard to make sure that our teachers can manage the inevitable stress that comes with any teaching job.
- Flights: Flight to Bydgoszcz paid on arrival, return flight at end of contract.
- Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in addition to the salary and extra payments detailed in this advert.
- Holidays: Holiday dates will be confirmed on your contract. They include approximately six days at Easter, one day in March, plus national holidays in May and June. There is also a two-week Winter Break in January which most teachers take, though we normally ask for one or two volunteers to work during this period to cover 121 and business classes. If you are joining us at this point in the year, you are likely to be asked to work during Winter Break. Approximately four weeks pro-rata holiday pay is given
About the school and the City:
With a strong development programme, particularly for recently-qualified teachers, and a cooperative and supportive teaching and administration team, IH Bydgoszcz is a great school to work at. Our school was rated as excellent in many categories (including teaching, systems and procedures and the professional development available) in its last IH inspection, and we aim to maintain these standards for the benefit of both teachers and students.
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. If you think you meet all of our requirements, why not give us a try? You won't regret it!
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