EU passport holders only can be considered for this post due to visa and tax restrictions.
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 teachers.
We are looking for enthusiastic teachers interested in developing professionally to join our successful school, which is now over 25 years old. 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. 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.
Teacher development programme
All teachers participate in induction week, starting on 17th September. We run weekly workshops, collaborative planning meetings (‘level meetings’), and other professional development activities depending on the requests of the teaching team. You will get free attendance at the IH Bydgoszcz and Torun Teacher Training Days in November and April. Observations include 10-20 minute drop-ins soon after you join the school, three formal developmental observations, and opportunities to arrange peer and video 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 cover the cost of the certificate themselves.
Basic Polish lessons are provided, one hour once a week for your first year at IH Bydgoszcz.
What your timetable will look like
Your timetable will be a mix of classes, including a range of ages and levels, dependent upon your prior experience. All teachers have some 121 clients.
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. Most classes happen Monday to Thursday, though you may have one or two classes on a Friday. Basic salary is paid regardless of hours worked, and overtime is paid if necessary. Travel time is paid, and wherever possible you will be driven to offsite classes. The majority of teachers have some travel in their timetable. There is a 30-minute administrative meeting for all teachers on Fridays, and most professional development sessions happen on the same day.
We also require teachers to participate in our social programme for students, which takes up approximately three Friday evenings and three Saturday mornings throughout the year. They're great fun and students and teachers get a lot out of them!
Other administration requirements
As with any school, working with us isn't just about what happens in the classroom. We expect a lot of our teachers, including 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, and 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.
- 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.
- Holiday dates will be confirmed on your contract. At the moment, 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 to work during that holiday), 1 day in March, 6 days for Easter, and 5 days in May.
- Approximately two weeks pro-rata holiday pay is paid at the end of the contract. Pro-rata is calculated on a ten-month basis: 1 Sept.– 30 June.
- Accommodation is provided in addition to the salary and extra payments detailed in this advert. Due to the low cost of living in Poland, your salary is enough to live on here, and you can even save some money if you are careful. However, we are not a good school to apply for if you have a lot of debts or expect to have high travel costs. Please check Rome2Rio to find out approximate travel costs for your journey to and from the city. We will only cover the equivalent cost of a return flight from London to Bydgoszcz each year. If this will be a problem for you, please do not apply.
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 (here's some help!), 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!