English Tutor (ESOL)



From £25,000 per annum Full Time Contact: Human Resources Reference: SDX/TP/RF6774-1/SJS

Job Introduction

HMP Addiewell are recruiting for an ESOL Instructor to join the purposefuil activities department. In this role, you will teach classes via varying teaching methods to residents at various stages of engagement within their education journey. 

The purposeful activities department caters for a wide range of educational and vocational needs for the 796 prisoners.  The team focus on delivering courses designed to raise prisoners self-esteem and employability skills. Reporting to the purposeful activity team leader the role would suit someone with extensive knowledge and experience in delivering various forms of education in a classroom setting. The role is diverse, thought-provoking and challenging/rewarding in equal measure.

Sodexo Justice Services is a custodial services company with a reputation for delivering high quality services through its philosophy that everyone can develop and make changes for the better.  HMP Addiewell is a learning prison, with a strong and concerted focus on learning not to reoffend, relevant skills training and employability and we work with all areas of the wider community to ensure residents have the best possible chance of leading positive lives following their release.

For more information on working in Justice within Sodexo please see and l

Role Responsibility

  • Create positive opportunities for those residents attending purposeful activity and promote benefits of achievement in education
  • Liaise with prison staff and actively recruit new prisoner students
  • Provide a wide range of progressive and stimulating material to residents
  • Keep abreast of curricular developments and maintain personal development enhancing your knowledge and skills as an instructor.
  • Provide residents with a structured programme of tuition for class periods and self-study, ensuring that progress information is incorporated into prisoner records
  • Prepare residents for exams or assessments where appropriate and encourage demonstrable learning outcomes
  • Help residents utilise their time in the classroom as means of focusing residents on alternative life choices to criminality.
  • Contribute to the preparation of residents who wish to further their education post-release.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Previous experience in a classroom environment or who can demonstrate they have the necessary skills to teach challenging and hard to reach individuals.
  • Hold an ESOL specific teaching qualification e.g. CELTA, DELTA, TEFL
  • Experience of teaching accredited ESOL qualifications to adults across a range of abilities, including supporting students from deprived backgrounds.
  • Experience of working with persons with a range of additional support needs across a range of ages and stages.
  • Demonstrable experience of the SQA framework or of an Industry or Educational Standard.
  • Excellent communication and IT skills.
  • High level of organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation

Package Description

Full Time – 40 hours per week working Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm and will include some evening and weekend working when required

HMP Addiewell, West Lothian

Salary – £25,000 plus excellent benefits (including free meals and parking, group discount schemes and pension with 28 days holiday)

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity  disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation. 

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.



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