Summer School Teacher - UK

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About the Company

Summer Boarding Courses
Summer Boarding Courses Ltd, in conjunction with leading UK boarding schools, operates high quality summer courses for international students.

Our international Summer Schools schools: Abberley Hall, SBC Oxford, Headington Oxford and SBC Bournemouth aim to provide every student with the highest standard of English language teaching and sports coaching alongside an unrivalled activity programme that will ensure the students and staff have a summer they will never forget. The emphasis on all aspects of our summer school is on learning and fun in an intimate and beautiful environment. In 2012 Summer Boarding Courses welcomed students from over 75 different countries.

About the job

United Kingdom
CERT Tesol
Bachelors Degree (Any)
10 July 2017
06 July 2017
Temporary Contract
Oxford and Bournemouth
£500 per week

Job Description

SBC teachers are an integral part of a successful summer, and it is often their ability to engage the students both in and out of the classroom in a fun yet professional manner that ensures students are happy throughout their stay.

Hours of Work:

All teachers work a 13 session week, with a session being either a morning, afternoon or evening. Of these 13 sessions, 5 are spent in the classroom, whilst the other 8 are spent helping with the activities programme or on pastoral duties, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the students during meals, in break times, in the boarding houses and at night. This breakdown means that the majority of sessions will be spent delivering the non-academic elements of the course, so it is important teaching staff are enthusiastic and ready to actively engage in all aspects of the summer school programme. All teachers will receive one full day off per week.

Teaching Duties:

The teachers report directly to the management team and must:

  • Become familiar with the SBC syllabus, materials and resources during induction week  
  • Assist the Director of Studies in testing students on their arrival and marking test papers
  • Teach lessons using the SBC syllabus and other appropriate materials
  • Maintain administrative systems by preparing and keeping class lists, records of work, class registers and preparing certificates and reports
  • Attend to the individual needs of the students to ensure that maximum benefit is gained from the English Course
  • Manage the classroom behaviour effectively and ensure all students participate
  • Attend meetings as requested by the summer school management
  • Attend teacher development workshops
  • Be observed by the Director of Studies and if necessary, the Academic Manager

Activity Programme Duties:

  • Engage fully in the activity programme, leading, assisting and taking part in activities
  • Assist in preparing activities if necessary
  • Lead groups of students on excursions, following pre-planned itineraries
  • Ensure that the students are safe and engaged in the activity or excursion at all times

General Duties:

All members of staff have a general duty to care for the students at the summer school and as such will be expected to carry out the following duties:

  • Assist with meal time and break time supervision when required
  • Support House Parent when doing the allocated day’s House Duty, including wake-up, escorting students around the school, supervising students while in the houses and lights-out
  • Help ensure that the students do not breach the rules of the school
  • Assist at any time, whether on duty or not, with an emergency situation, or where a student is ill or injured
  • Engage with the students outside of classes and assigned activity sessions in a friendly and professional manner

Essential Requirements:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Trinity CertTESOL or CELTA, and/or Primary QTS or PGCE in English/modern languages with ELT/TESOL subsidiary
  • Previous professional teaching experience
  • Passion for working with young learners

Desirable requirements:


  • Previous residential summer school experience
  • Experience of leading students in an extracurricular capacity
  • An interest in sports / arts & crafts / music / drama

Please note; as a large part of the teaching role is spent engaging and leading students outside the classroom and in the Activity & Social Programme, applicants who can discuss their suitability in these areas will be at an advantage.

Person Specification

All members of staff employed by SBC will be expected to bring certain key qualities to the operation. There must be a real interest in working with children and in particular a strong empathy for working with international children.

In general we look for staff to be:

  • Approachable 
  • Enthusiastic
  • Diplomatic
  • Flexible

Teachers are required to teach the English language lessons 5 mornings each week, to lead and participate in afternoon and evening activities and to perform pastoral duties according to the weekly rota. We also expect all members of staff to communicate effectively with our students at all times, using an appropriate level of language to suit the group. While teachers may be more familiar with taking control of groups of children in a formal classroom setting, we do expect and require them to take control of the students in activities and excursions and to be authoritative when necessary. When leading an activity session, it is crucial for teachers to get the students organised and engaged in the activity as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Safety and welfare of the students is of paramount importance at all times and this should therefore be the priority of all staff, with particular thought and attention paid to managing the children while off-site, often in busy public places.

Teachers must be friendly and must demonstrate a genuine ability and interest in engaging with the children. They must be helpful, will undoubtedly be required to be flexible and will most certainly require a good sense of fun!

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 Children’s 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.

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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