Director of Studies - Summer Residential

Applicants with the appropriate legal status for employment in the European Union preferred
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  • United Kingdom: United Kingdom.
  • Summer Boarding Courses Ltd
  • Experience: 3 YEARS
  • Positions: 4
  • Degree Required
  • Short Term/Summer job, Residential

Job Summary

Do you want to work for the UK's Top-Ranked Multi-Campus Summer School?*

Can you manage a team of teachers in a creative and dynamic environment? Are you DELTA qualified with significant experience? If so, in summer 2020 we will be delivering courses at Eton, Wellington and Oxbridge Colleges amongst others and we would love to hear from you.

*As ranked by EL Gazette based on 2018 British Council inspection results

Salary from £700 per week dependent on experience

Details of Position

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.

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 Academic programme.
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

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

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.


In accordance with the British Council accreditation scheme, all Directors of Studies must possess the required qualifications outlined below.

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

Please note contract dates will vary slightly based on the individual contract.
Management training: 3 days from 17th-19th June 2020.
Contract dates will commence from the end of June and run for the course duration

Salary from £700 per week*

Due to the nature of the role, the Director of Studies will work six days out of seven.

We take huge pride in building our staff teams, ensuring a culture of wellbeing and support that allows us to recruit staff that often return year after year. For all staff, we provide comprehensive induction training, ongoing support and CPD opportunities, industry leading pay rates and full accommodation and board.

Fully paid DBS check
Experienced and supportive Head Office team
Paid Pre-summer Management training
Online safeguarding and working with international children training
Extensive on-site training for their staff team prior to student arrival
Professional, fun and supportive environment

Any gaps in your CV will be enquired about and must be explained satisfactorily
You will provide the details of two recent and relevant referees who we will contact
You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS), and equivalent if living outside the UK

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.

*Further details of additional allowances and benefits and details of how SBC deals with holiday entitled will be provided at job offer.

Please note we can only consider applicants who are already eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

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