Tooting, Greater London
£28,050 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Key info

  • One-year, fixed-term contract
  • Start date: 7 June (or as soon as possible thereafter)
  • 5 days / 35 hours a week (one evening a week required)
  • 28 days’ annual leave, to be taken during school holidays (occasional term-time annual leave can be agreed with line manager)
  • Reports to Head of Learning and Language Skills
  • We are cautiously moving to a mix of face-to-face and online classes where permitted. The successful candidate will need to be able to teach both online and face-to-face in Tooting.

Note: some of the teaching within this role is for groups that are limited to female-identifying members. As such, the post is restricted to female-identifying applicants under schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.


About the organisation

CARAS is a registered charity working with people in south London and beyond who have an asylum or refugee background. Our values are:

  • Kindness. CARAS will nurture all who are part of our community, helping everyone to develop their skills, talents and interests. 
  • Justice. CARAS will strive for social justice following a rights-based approach in all of our work and challenging instances when rights are not upheld in wider society. 
  • Empowerment. CARAS works alongside people, recognising and respecting their skills and strengths and striving together for better outcomes. 
  • With’not‘for’. CARAS will put the voices, opinions, experiences and needs of its beneficiaries at the heart of all that we do. 

CARAS is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and we warmly welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability or age. All applications will be considered on merit alone.

To help us with our commitment to equal opportunities, we ask you to complete an anonymous monitoring form alongside your application.


About ESOL learning at CARAS

ESOL learning is essential to the holistic services we offer. Young people and adults tell us that learning English in their top priority when we meet them.

The CARAS ESOL project supports people in the early stages of their ESOL learning, from Pre-Entry to Entry 2 level. We offer classes for young people aged around 15 to 18, as well as adults aged 18 and above. We currently have one accredited exam course in our Women’s ESOL group, which prepares learners for an Entry 1 Speaking and Listening exam with the English Speaking Board. The remainder of our youth and adult classes are non-accredited. All classes have rolling admission throughout the year, which means the learner groups are evolving all the time.

ESOL classes at CARAS are guided by our values and principles, including participatory learning, trauma-informed practice and translanguaging pedagogy. The three main aims of the ESOL project are to:

  • increase learners’ confidence and fluency in English
  • expand learners’ social networks
  • help learners to progress into school, college or employment


About the role

For more than two years now the ESOL Tutor at CARAS has taught our accredited adult classes. The role is now expanding to full time and will replace the volunteer-led provision currently in place for non-accredited classes. You will be supported in all classes by volunteers, with training and guidance from the Head of Learning and Language Skills.

We are also excited to be launching an “Into School Programme” in the autumn term. The programme will support newly arrived young people while they are waiting to start in school or college. You will work with the Head of Learning to develop a programme of ESOL and basic ICT skills, with a paid Numeracy Tutor providing additional Maths classes.


Main activities

  • supporting the Head of Learning and volunteers in a short transition away from volunteer-led classes
  • teaching online and face-to-face ESOL classes: 13.5 hours / 9 sessions a week during term time (38 weeks a year)
  • teaching groups of young people (aged around 15 to 18) and adults (18+):
    • four adult ESOL groups at Pre-Entry, Entry 1 and Entry 2 level (6 hours a week)

    • three youth ESOL groups, also at Pre-Entry, Entry 1 and Entry 2 level, including our Into School Programme (7.5 hours a week)

  • providing young people in the Into School Programme with English-language support during a weekly maths class (1.5 hours a week) led by a paid numeracy tutor
  • teaching basic ICT skills to ESOL learners, e.g. using laptop hardware and software, including Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, email and Google Classroom
  • preparing adult groups to complete Speaking & Listening exams accredited by the English Speaking Board, creating a scheme of work to meet the exam syllabus
  • assessing learners during and at the end of their engagement in the programme
  • completing admin tasks such as registers and class records
  • developing participatory and creative lesson plans to inspire and meet the needs of the learner group
  • supporting volunteers in their role
  • communicating with learners between classes to support their attendance and provide signposting or referrals to casework and external services
  • participating in training, supervision and team meetings where required
  • meeting up with project coordinators in other services to ensure beneficiaries are receiving holistic support
  • contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of the Learning programme
  • working in accordance with CARAS policies and procedures, including those regarding safeguarding, health and safety, and equality and diversity
  • taking a cautious approach to implementing government guidelines on COVID-safe practice


Person specification

In your application you should demonstrate that you:

  • have a recognised ESOL teaching qualification, minimum Level 5 (e.g. CELTA or CertTESOL), preferably Level 7 (e.g. PGCE with ESOL specialism) or equivalent
  • have a minimum two years’ full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience of ESOL teaching to young people and/or adults;
  • have a track record of successfully teaching beginner-level learners and providing differentiated support for learners with spiky profiles
  • have experience of teaching preparation classes for ESOL exams that include speaking and listening sections
  • can support learners with basic ICT skills to use the Microsoft Office suite, email and online virtual learning environments such as Google Classroom
  • know a variety of ways to assess learners, including diagnostic, formative and summative assessment
  • can work with classes that have rolling admission throughout the year
  • take a creative and participatory approach to learning
  • can communicate clearly with people from diverse backgrounds
  • know how to deliver online classes over Zoom (or similar online platform) that follow the principles of learner-centred, communicative language teaching
  • understand how to apply safeguarding, health and safety, and equality and diversity policies
  • have good organisation and administrative skills


Desirable criteria:

  • experience or knowledge of issues facing refugee and asylum-seeking groups
  • experience of working with adult or young refugee and asylum-seeking groups
  • some proficiency in one or more community languages (including Arabic, Tigrinya, Amharic, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish and Somali)
  • knowledge of the Further Education sector in the UK
  • experience of working in community groups or the third sector
  • familiarity with common Data Management Systems (for recording purposes)


To apply, please submit your completed application and equalities form by the end of Monday 3 May.

Interviews will take place on the morning of Monday 10 May.

Please note that we may extend the submission deadline and interview dates depending on the number of suitable candidates.

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