Thu Apr 26 22:50:33 GMT+00:00 2018

Director of Studies

Deadline: Fri 11 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Applicants with the appropriate legal status for employment in the European Union preferred
  • Deadline: Fri 11 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
  • United Kingdom, United Kingdom
  • Summer Boarding Courses Ltd
  • Experience: 3 YEARS
  • Positions: 2
  • Degree Required
  • Short Term/Summer job, Residential

Job Summary

Summer Boarding Courses is an industry leading provider of summer courses for international students aged between 8 and 17 years old.
Working with some of the most prestigious boarding schools in the United Kingdom and two Oxford University colleges, we are one of the United Kingdom's premier summer experience organisations.
We currently have Director of Studies positions available at our sites in Oxford and Dorset - salary from £700 per week plus full board, expenses and accommodation.

Details of Position

At Summer Boarding Courses, we want our summer school students to have a truly international experience, whilst developing their English language skills. With students from over 100 different countries, we create an environment where students can make friends, and learn about cultures from all around the world. Our Director of Studies are integral in making our students summer experience memorable. This post is an excellent opportunity for Diploma qualified applicants to further their career with a renowned and reputable summer school organisation.

The Role
Based residentially at one of our summer schools, the Director of Studies (DoS) works six days out of seven and will 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 international learners. Although the DoS's main responsibilities concern the Academic Programme, they 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.

Main Duties
The DoS is responsible to the Summer School Director and will:
Take overall responsibility for implementing and monitoring the performance of the Academic
Attend SBC 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
Set up the Teachers Preparation room with appropriate signage and maintain it as a functioning workspace
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 SBC syllabus and academic processes at the end of the summer

General Duties
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
Assist with welfare and pastoral duties including house, meal-time and evening duties when required
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

Degree Required
Native level English speaker preferred


Person Specification
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 a TEFLQ qualification
Have considerable TEFL experience
Experience of managing staff in an educational capacity
Previous residential summer school experience essential

Salary and Benefits

The Director of Studies's weekly salary is from £700 per week, plus full board and details are available on request.
Please note all managers will attend management training which will take place at our head office near Leeds for 3 days in mid-June.

Should you be successful:
We will require the 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 check (previously called a Criminal Records Bureau 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.
Two types of official identification and certificates (either originals or certified copies) will be required for our records.
Summer Boarding Courses is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a comprehensive Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which all employees, volunteers and contractors are expected to adhere to.

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