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Director of Studies for Summer School in Folkestone

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  • United Kingdom: Folkestone.
  • Summer Boarding Courses Ltd
  • Experience: 2 YEARS
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Degree Required
  • Short Term/Summer job, Residential
  • Applicant must have right to work in United Kingdom.

Job Summary

Details of Position

Contract Dates - 27/06/2024 - 18/08/2024
Location: Earlscliffe, Folkestone
Director of Studies for the UK's #1 international summer school
£850 per week plus holiday pay paid at the end of the contract

Main Duties:

Take overall responsibility for implementing and monitoring the performance of the Academic Programme

Be the point of contact for EFL Teachers and Subject Teachers regarding the academic programme at the Schools

Be the point of contact for SBC Head Office regarding the Academic Programme at the Schools

Organise the students into classes and inform both students and teachers of their classes and levels
Lead daily Teacher Meetings

Keep clear and accurate records of class attendance and work covered

Ensure reports and leavers certificates are produced on time

Support, manage and guide teachers whilst carrying out lesson observations, observation feedback and CPD workshops/idea sessions

Ensure appropriate standards of student discipline are maintained

Teach when necessary to provide cover for absent teachers

Provide feedback on the SBC syllabus and academic processes at the end of the summer

Be responsible for pre-arrival academic setup and effectively induct teachers at the beginning of the summer school

Set up the Teachers Preparation room appropriate signage and maintain it as a functioning workspace


Located less than an hour from London on the train Folkestone is a beautiful coastal town with an exciting arts scene. Since 2002, Earlscliffe has been running courses for young people from all over the world to come together to learn English in Kent, the garden of England and gain a better understanding of each others cultures.

An open campus in Folkestones historic West End with a mixture of beautiful traditional and newly refurbished boarding houses and classrooms Earlscliffe is ideally placed within a five minute walk of beautiful pebble beaches.

Our courses at Earlscliffe strike the balance between serious study, fun activities and added value. We focus on delivering high-quality programmes in only one school where we have full control of all aspects of the course. Basing our curriculum on the 21st century learning skills of collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity, our students are motivated and stimulated not only by the course content but its relevance to their generations aims and concerns.

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 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which all employees, volunteers and contractors are expected to adhere to.


We operate a policy of equal opportunities and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of sex, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin or disability.

Degree Required

Native level English speaker preferred



TEFLQ status (I.e. Delta, Trinity Diploma, MA TESOL or accredited equivalent)

An undergraduate degree

Experience in Academic Management

Strong communication skills, ability to work under pressure, flexibility

Strong organisational skills

Experience in residential international summer schools


Experience of residential international summer schools

Experience of the UK boarding environment

Experience of working within the education sector

Salary and Benefits

Ways we support our Director of Studies:

Fully paid DBS check

Extensive, paid, on-site training prior to student arrival

All meals and accommodation included

CPD and Appraisals

Staff Wellbeing Initiative

Access to Employee Assist Programme (EAP)

Continual support for all staff from the Head Office Team, both on the ground and via phone/email

Online safeguarding and prevent training

Professional, fun and supportive environment

Remuneration: Paid weekly, one week in arrears. The weekly rate received for a Director of Studies is £850 PLUS any accrued holiday to be paid at the end of contract. Food and accommodation are included for all residential SBC staff.

Hours of Work: A normal working week for Director of Studies will consist of up to 70 hours per week over six working days.

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As a core member of the School Management team, the DoS' primary role revolves around the administration and facilitation of the Academic Programme, and will be integral in ensuring its smooth functioning throughout the summer. They will need to be skilled in not just supporting and directing students, but also staff. As such a high level of communication, delegation and organisational skills are essential, as is experience working with young people.

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