English Teacher Volunteer - Refugee Council

English Teacher Volunteer

Context and Purpose of the role

The Refugee Council Children’s Section assists around 3000 separated children seeking asylum and refugees every year. We provide practical advice, support and advocacy. We also provide or facilitate English language and Maths classes and a range of activities including life skills, study support, art and drama classes, sports activities and educational and recreational trips. Due to the Covid-19 situation, we are currently offering our services online but we will moving back to controlled face-to-face work in the coming weeks and months. The post-holder will support the Youth Development Project Coordinator to provide a safe service to vulnerable young people in south London.


As part of our service, we offer English, Maths and Science classes to young refugees who are not yet accessing mainstream education. We are currently looking for volunteers with teaching experience (via online and digital platforms) and can deliver English classes from our Croydon office once we resume the controlled face to face classes.


There will be approximately 5-15 students per class.


As this role involves direct access to children/vulnerable adults, volunteers will be required to obtain a satisfactory CRB disclosure prior to commencing in their role.


Main Duties and Responsibilities


The specific main duties of the role will be:


  • To plan and deliver a weekly two hour, age and ability appropriate, English class for young refugees (most students will be of pre-entry or entry 1 level)

Specific Tasks


  • To plan class content in advance
  • To judge students ability and deliver lessons appropriate to their ability
  • To deliver classes for a half a day on a weekly basis
  • To keep a register of students
  • To communicate with and offer mutual support to other volunteer teachers
  • To report any child protection concerns to the Volunteer Coordinator



  • Previous teaching experience
  • ESOL or teaching qualification
  • A commitment to supporting refugees
  • Some understanding of the issues faced by refugees in the UK
  • Ability to work well with young people
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Understanding of child protection issues



  • Previous experience of engaging or delivering group sessions and classes online (i.e. via zoom)


Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Experience of teaching a diverse client group
  • Experience of planning and delivering lessons
  • An increased understanding of the issues faced by separated children in the UK
  • References
  • CV development


Additional Information


Health & Safety


The volunteer is responsible for:


Cooperating with the Refugee Council in delivering all legal responsibilities in respect of your own and your colleagues, volunteers, clients and others health and safety whilst at work.


Becoming familiar with the Refugee Council’s Health & Safety Policy and procedures including evacuation procedures at your workplace.


Carrying out risk assessments of your own work and especially of your own workstation to ensure that you do not expose yourself or others to unnecessary risk.


Equal Opportunities Statement


As part of its recruitment policy, the Refugee Council intends to ensure that no prospective or actual employee or volunteer is discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, employment status, class, disability, age, religious belief or political persuasion, or is disadvantaged by any condition or requirement which is not demonstrably justifiable.


Training and support

Where appropriate volunteers can access training offered through the Refugee Council as long as this is relevant to their role. Training will be discussed with you during planned support sessions with your supervisor.


Other Information

  • All expenses accrued by volunteers whilst volunteering on this project (with prior approval of supervisor) will be paid.
  • Volunteers will be given a Refugee Council email address whilst volunteering on this project
  • There may be more then one volunteer on this project; therefore it is important volunteers communicate with each other and work together effectively with the support of their supervisor(s)

How we support our volunteers

Volunteers are valued members of our teams and we provide them with support and development opportunities. Volunteers will receive regular planned support sessions with their supervisors.

Refugee Council allows volunteers to attend our professional training courses when possible, free of charge. Training will be discussed with you during support sessions with your supervisor.

Download the full volunteer task description

I want to help!

Please fill in the volunteer Application Form and send it to bawan.alan@refugeecouncil.org.uk. There is no deadline to apply for this volunteer role. If you are interested please apply as soon as possible, as we will stop accepting applications once the role is filled.