Senior Teacher in Bydgoszcz

Start Date
5th September 2022
Duration or End Date
30th June 2023 (with the possibility to renew for 2023-2024)
Base salary starts at 2020PLN a month going up to 2315PLN depending on experience. Accommodation and bills are included.


Essential requirements

  • You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification
  • 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. This applies to both native and non-native applicants
  • Preferred: the right to work within the EU. Following Brexit, British citizens may no longer automatically have this right, though we may assist in organising visas on a case-by-case basis. For very strong candidates of other nationalities we may also be able to assist with visas.

Job Description

We are looking for enthusiastic teachers who would like to join our dynamic team at IH Bydgoszcz, where we have been providing high quality lessons and teacher support for 30 years.

You are the ideal candidate if:

  • you already have at least three years of post-initial qualification teaching experience.
  • you have experience teaching a wide variety of ages and levels including young learners (preferably with the IHCYLT, TYLEC or equivalent)
  • you have experience teaching Cambridge exams (B2: First and C1:Advanced)
  • you have a positive outlook, a flexible approach to problem solving, are well organised and have strong communication skills

You will still be in the classroom regularly, teaching about 20 hours a week (20x45mins). This will include groups 121s, covering a mix of ages and levels depending on your experience and preferences. Your classes will generally finish by 19:30 and there is no weekend teaching. You will also be asked to help out with the organisation of school social events, some of which take place on a Saturday.

Senior teacher duties
The rest of your time will consist of senior teacher duties. You will receive full training and support throughout the year to enable you to do this. In conjunction with the rest of the senior team, you will play a key role in providing the high standard of professional development that our school is known for. This includes running collaborative planning meetings, providing staffroom support, doing observations, mentoring newer teachers and running occasional workshops, including at our local conferences at IH Bydgoszcz and Torun. Other responsibilities include placement testing, attending the weekly senior meeting, and helping teachers fulfil administrative requirements.

Full-time ten-month contract, starting with a paid induction.
Basic salary paid regardless of hours worked. Overtime and travel paid.
Medical care using the Polish health care system or private medical insurance as applicable.
Weekly survival Polish lessons.

Other Benefits

Flights: One return flight to Poland from within Europe to the value of approximately 600-800PLN each year. The refund for your flight to Poland is on arrival, with the return leg refunded on completion of the contract.

Accommodation: Shared fully-equipped accommodation provided by the school in a flat with another teacher, including utilities (not internet). All flats are within 25 minutes walking distance of the school. The school also covers flat deposits and estate agent fees for our flats. This is the equivalent of approximately 1,200 PLN per teacher per month.

Holiday: Regular holidays throughout the year, including two weeks at Christmas/New Year and two weeks in January/February, Easter and other national holidays. Approximately two weeks pro-rata holiday pay is paid at the end of the contract.


About the school and city

IH Bydgoszcz is situated in a four-storey art deco building only a few minutes walking distance from the Old Town, with a gym and a cinema next door to the school. Bydgoszcz is well-known for its beautiful parks, including one across the road from school and the largest city park in Poland a 10-minute tram ride away.

Operating since 1992, it is a well-established, quality-focused language school and a Cambridge English Exam Centre. The school enjoys an excellent reputation for its teaching quality and experience, recruiting highly-motivated teachers for whom professional development is a key and life-long priority. The school and its students enjoy free Wi-Fi, an Internet room, a snack bar and multimedia facilities in every classroom. 

The team at the school take great care to help teachers settle in to their new life teaching English in Poland, supporting their health and wellbeing.

The school has about 23 teachers and 6 support and administrative staff. Teachers join a multinational staffroom with colleagues from the UK, Poland and other European countries. When they join most are newly qualified in their first or second year of teaching, and some have a little more experience. All teachers help and support each other – the teachers room is always buzzing in between classes! So a lot of teachers stay with IH Bydgoszcz for more than a year, more than two or even more than three years.