British Council Madrid - For more than 70 years the British Council has been building strong cultural relations with other countries, building trust, exchanging knowledge and ideas and providing educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online.

Perhaps the British Council is best-known in Spain for teaching English at our centres in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Palma and Segovia.

The British Council has a very strong reputation in Madrid, consisting of eight centres in and around the city: Madrid Adults, Madrid Young Learners, Somosaguas Teaching Centre, Alcalá de Henares, Alcobendas, Las Rozas, Villaviciosa and Segovia.
The British Council is a learning organisation. This means that we:

  • commit to continuous learning and development of all staff.
  • encourage all staff members to actively engage in and direct their own professional development and share their learning with peers.
  • commit to team learning, not only individual learning.
  • focus on both the internal customer and the external customer.
  • collect and act upon feedback from all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers & customer service staff, management) and continually reassess what we do and how we do it.
  • select, induct and invest in effective staff.

Profile - General Information:

Academy: British Council Madrid

General webpage:

Updated January 2017.

When did we open? 1934.

If you meet our minimum requirements for teaching positions, and you are interested in working with us for the academic year, please contact us at this address; you’ll receive the application form and guidelines as attachments in the auto-reply. In September we usually recruit staff for our academic year and in spring we recruit teachers for our summer courses.


Madrid Adults:  C/ Miguel Angel, 1| 28010 Madrid | Metro: L 5 Ruben Darió or L10 Gregorio Marañón

Madrid Young Learners: Pº General Martinez Campos, 31| 28010 Madrid | Metro: L1 Iglesias or L10 Gregorio Marañón

Somosaguas: C/ Solano, 5-7| Prado de Somosaguas | 28223 Pozuelo | L10 Colonia Jardin, Metro Ligero L2 Somosaguas Sur

Alcalá de Henares: Universidad de Alcalá | Fac. de Economicas y Empresariales | Plaza de la Victoria s/n | 28802 Alcalá de Henares

Alcobendas: C/ de la Constitución 59-61| 28100 Alcobendas

Las Rozas: Centro de la Juventud de Las Rozas Avda. Nuestra Señora de Retamar, 8 28232 Las Rozas, Madrid

Villaviciosa:  Escuela Santa Ana | C/ Santa Ana s/n | 28670 Villaviciosa de Odón

Avenida Padre Claret 3
40003 Segovia

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Facilities and Classrooms

All centres are well equipped and most have IWB’s (interactive whiteboards) in classrooms, enabling you to use any acceptable digital resource for sound or vision. Teachers have their own IWB pen and are trained on their use.

Have a good materials support and photocopier?

Staffrooms/resources rooms have resources and computers for staff use. Teachers have access to resources on the BC system as well as materials developed by teachers for sharing such as flipcharts for IWB use. There is internet connection on all computers allowing teachers to access British Council services such as or The larger centres have excellent lending resources, with large banks of teaching materials, methodology subject matter, and DVDs/videos.

Do I have support?

Each centre has a Teaching Centre Manager or Director who is responsible for running the centre. There are Assistant Directors and/or Senior Teachers in the management teams. Each manager has a communication group that (s)he is responsible for supporting, and each new teacher is given a mentor. There is a teacher-friendly and teacher-driven performance management system that provides teachers with an opportunity to control their own learning and development, focusing on particular teaching areas of interest. 

Qualifications and minimum requirements for employment

Our minimum requirements for teachers are:

  • native speaker of English or equivalent ability
  • education to degree level or equivalent
  • a recognised, relevant teaching qualification*
  • two years’ experience post qualification

* e.g. CELTA; CELTYL (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate); Cert. TESOL (Trinity College London); PGCE (TESOL+QTS); BEd./PGCE (+ QTS & 2 years’ TEFL/TESOL teaching) or equivalent qualification from another country. There are sometimes opportunities for exceptional candidates with a certificate level qualification.

Please note that due to the quantity of applications we receive, if your application does not clearly demonstrated that you meet the minimum requirements as outlined above, we will not normally contact you.

Employment Information:

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 and all staff must provide a certificado de delitos sexuales as per Spanish law.

Telephone Interviews

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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Americans/Australians Nationals

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 20 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 - 2,000, Madrid Young Learners - 5,000, Somosaguas Teaching Centre - 2,000, 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 €22.33 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.

Job Offer:

The British Council is in the urgent need of covering some teacher posts due to unexpected temporary absences. The temporary posts are needing to be covered from January 19’ for terms 2 and 3, and would be based on the following Teaching Centres around Madrid:

  • Segovia: 1 position - part-time.
  • Madrid Teaching Centre: 5 positions – full time.
  • Alcalá de Henáres Teaching Centre: 1 position – part time.
  • Somosaguas Teaching Centre: 1 position – part time.
  • Candidates should meet the following minimum requirements:


    Support British Council’s global English strategy by:

  • Delivering teaching to the highest standards of English Language Teaching.
  • Enhancing British Council’s reputation as a world authority in English Language Teaching.
  • Continuing professional development and sharing of best practices.
  • Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring teaching meets learner needs and expectations.
  • Ensuring teaching meets Teaching Quality standards and organisational expectations.
  • Maintaining good relationships with customers and colleagues.
  • Experience:

  • 2 years post-certificate i.e. CELTA / Trinity cert TESOL experience.
  • Experience in teaching relevant age groups specific to the centre.
  • Early Years aged 2 to 5 (400+hours).
  • Primary aged 6 to 10 (400+ hours). Lower Secondary aged 11 to 14 (800+ hours).
  • Upper Secondary aged 15 to 17 (400+ hours).
  • University/Vocational students aged 18 to 25 (400+hours).
  • Adults General English 18+ (800+ hours).
  • Qualifications:

    Certificate in TESOL (formerly described as TEFL-I).

    Certificate-level qualifications are first level qualifications, usually taken by teachers with little or no TESOL experience who wish to enter the profession. To be considered as a valid certificate in TESOL, a qualification must:

  • Validation: be externally validated and monitored by a recognised awarding body (usually a university or exams board) and be accredited by a national, professional certification standards board such as the QCA, in the case of England. Note that the regulatory body could also be the MoE in some environments, and that in the case of professional qualifications offered by universities, the awarding body and accrediting body will be the same institution.
  • Teaching practice: contain at least six hours (45-60mins) of supervised teaching practice (i.e. teaching practice where a qualified assessor observes and gives feedback to the trainee teacher. Classes taught must be to a minimum of five students at two distinct levels of language proficiency.)
  • TESOL input: contain at least 100 hours of directed TESOL input.
  • All qualifications must meet the validation, teaching practice and input criteria listed above.

    Examples of certificate-level TESOL qualifications:

  • Certificates in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages accredited by the QCA at level 4 of the National Qualifications Framework.
  • University certificates in TESOL.
  • Level 4 NVQ in Learning & Development.
  • Certificates in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Young Learners) accredited by the QCA at level 4 of the National Qualifications Framework.
  • Other important features or requirements of the job

  • Most teaching takes place on weekday afternoons and evenings and on Saturdays. Some adult classes involve early morning starts.
  • Increasingly our young learner teaching takes place in schools, so travel is often required. Corporate classes usually take place off our premises.
  • Teachers may be expected to work in more than one British Council centre. They are also likely to work in more than one location, e.g. British Council centre and a partner institution.
  • Criminal records check.

  • DBS or equivalent in the country of origin.
  • Spanish Certificado de Delitos de naturaleza Sexual
  • Self-declaration required.
  • Please, anyone who meets the minimum requirements and is interested in the job can send me an e-mail to

    Job / Employment title: British Council often requires teachers of young learners (ages 4 - 18) and /or adults for July, August and September.
    Language School: The British Council
    Location: Courses will be run in Madrid, Somosaguas, Alcobendas, Las Rozas, and Alcalá de Henares.  The vast majority of positions will be based in the Young Learner centre in Madrid, and in Somosaguas (also YLs).
    Need the teacher by: July each year. Although some vacancies exist for August and September, the vast majority of work will be in the month of July.
    Minimum experience required: : Two years’ teaching experience post qualification.
    Description of the academy: The British Council operates in 110 countries worldwide and has teaching centres in 53 countries. We build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increase appreciation of the UK’s creative ideas and achievements. In Spain, the British Council undertakes a wide variety of cultural activities and exchanges and manages a large examinations programme, a school and over a dozen teaching centres – seven of which are in the Madrid area.
    Conditions of employment: Timetables depend on different centres’ needs, generally between 12.5 -25 hours teaching per week. Summer work may include morning/afternoon or afternoon/early evening work, Monday to Friday.  We do not teach Saturdays during the summer months.
    Applicants must:

  • Have a relevant teaching qualification*
  • Have 2 years’ post-qualification teaching experience.
  • Be native speaker of English or equivalent ability.
  • Be EU citizens or possess a valid Spanish work permit (Student visas are not valid).
  • Have a first degree or equivalent.
  • *e.g. (UK) CELTA; CELTYL; Cert. TESOL; PGCE (TESOL+QTS); BEd./PGCE (+ QTS & 2 years’ TEFL/TESOL teaching) or equivalent qualification from another country. Courses should have a minimum of 100 hours face to face TEFL tuition plus 5-6 hours of observed teaching practice to a minimum class size of 6 students at two distinct levels. Courses should be moderated by an external examiner and accredited by a recognised authority e.g. in the UK by Cambridge UCLES, Trinity College, RSA or equivalent in other countries.

    Send an email to to receive the application form. Please return completed application forms to

    Contact information:

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  • Trinity Diploma TESOL Course October 2014 - May 2015:

    British Council Madrid - Trinity Diploma TESOL Course October 2017 - May 2018.

    The British Council is delivering the Trinity LTCL Diploma TESOL course in the coming academic year in Madrid October 2017 - May 2018.

    This is an advanced, internationally respected and recognised qualification, designed for experienced teachers of EFL/ESOL who are looking to expand their practical knowledge of teaching and learning, and take their career to the next level. Previous candidates have gone on to develop into teacher training, publishing, further advanced study, materials development and academic management.

    It is a face-to-face taught course with input sessions delivered by an experienced team of British Council tutors every Thursday and Friday 09.30-12.40. Teachers will have assessed teaching practice in their own schools/teaching centres.

    Over 8 months candidates learn, reflect and progress through this challenging course which incorporates assessments in classroom practice, research projects, phonology and language. Candidates have access to an extensive range of learning resources – books, journals and online materials, and are supported throughout by our expert Diploma tutor team.

    The final assessments and exam take place in May 2018.

    Input sessions take place at the British Council in central Madrid.

      · Course fees 2,800 € (2016/17 price – 2017/18 price tbc)
      · Exam entry fees 484€ (2017 price – 2018 price tbc)

    To request an information pack with details of how to apply, or for queries about the course please contact Lesley Keast, Diploma Course Leader on: or 91 337 5016.

    British Council Trinity Diploma Info

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