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|Director of Studies
Summer Boarding Courses Ltd
||Oxford, Bournemouth, Worcester, United Kingdom|
|Summer Boarding Courses operates five high-quality residential schools for international students across the south of England in Oxford, Bournemouth and Worcester. During summer 2013, SBC welcomed students from over 80 countries to our schools, and we look forward to another successful summer in 2014. |
The Director of Studies is responsible for the day to day running of the Academic Programme that takes place during 5 mornings each week (including the Summer Study programme), plus the afternoon Intensive English sessions that take place as part of the English Plus+ course. The Academic Programme is the bedrock of a summer school and an integral part of the summer experience for students. The role requires a high level of organisation, preparation and management of teaching staff.
Based residentially at one of our summer schools, the Director of Studies (DOS) works six days out of seven and will usually have one full day off per week. The DOS of an international residential summer school will have a passion for the subject and genuine enjoyment of working with young learners. Although the DOS main responsibilities concern the Academic Programme, the DOS will also be expected to have an awareness of all aspects of the management of the course and be willing to address situations whenever they arise.
The DOS is responsible to the Summer School Director and will:
Take overall responsibility for implementing and monitoring the performance of the Academic Programme
Attend management training prior to arriving at the school, in order to be familiar with all aspects of the English and Summer Study syllabus and schedule
Be responsible for pre-arrival academic setup and effectively induct teachers at the beginning of the course
Manage the testing and placement in classes of new arrivals
Support, manage and guide teachers through lesson observations, feedback and workshops
Fulfil all administrative duties as directed
Keep clear and accurate records of class attendance and work covered
Hold daily teachers meetings
Carry out lesson observations and feedback
Carry out regular Teaching workshops and ideas sessions
Ensure appropriate standards of student discipline are maintained
Deal sensitively with enquiries on classes and levels
Teach when necessary to provide cover for absent teachers
Ensure reports and leavers certificates are produced on time
Organise the Intensive English classes in the afternoons
Provide feedback on the syllabus and academic processes at the end of the summer
All members of staff have a general duty of care for the students at the summer school and as such will be expected to carry out the following duties:
Work closely on a daily basis with the other members of the management team to ensure the successful running of the school
Assist with arrivals and departures, welcoming students and parents at the school
Communicate with parents via e-mail, over the phone and face-to-face in a friendly and professional manner, handling any enquiries and requests efficiently
If required, assist with welfare and pastoral duties including house, meal-time and evening duties
Have an awareness of all aspects of the management of the Summer School and how the Academic Programme fits in with other parts of the programme
All members of staff employed by SBC will be expected to bring certain key qualities to the operation. Generally, there must be a real interest in working with children and in particular a strong empathy for working with international children. We look for staff to understand the responsibilities involved with residential positions and therefore be enthusiastic, approachable, supportive, diplomatic and importantly, flexible.
Educated to degree level or equivalent
Possess either a CELTA or TRINITY Certificate
Have considerable TEFL experience
Experience of managing staff in an educational capacity
Previous residential Summer School experience essential
TEFLQ or PGCE qualification an advantage
EU national preferred
Please note all managers will be expected to attend management training which will take place in the UK on the 25th, 26th and 27th June 2014.
SBC Bournemouth International Summer School Students aged 12 to 15 years, managing a team of 16 Teachers. Dates from 27th June to 9th August 2014
SBC Oxford International Summer School Students aged 10 to 14 years, managing a team of 12 Teachers. Dates from 7th July to 19th August 2014
Abberley Hall International Summer School Students aged 8 to 12 years, managing a team of 8 Teachers. Dates from 6th July to 11th August 2014.
All SBC Directors of Studies will receive from £700 per week (including holiday allowance at 12.07% of basic pay), plus accommodation at the school and full board.
Should you be successful...
We will require the contact details of two recent and relevant referees who we will contact.
Any gaps in your CV will be enquired about, and must be explained satisfactorily.
You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (or equivalent if living outside the UK), and you will be asked to sign the Childrens Act 1989 declaration safeguarding the welfare of children, and state that you have no known reason why you cannot work with children.
2 types of official identification and certificates (either originals or certified copies) will be required for our records.
Due to the expected high volume of applicants we can unfortunately only contact you should your application suit the needs and requirements of the post. Thank you for your understanding.
**Please note due to the nature of the role, native English Speakers are preferred. We cannot offer work permits to candidates who are not eligible to work in the United Kingdom.
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