Director of Studies

The role of Director of Studies is one of high responsibility, directly concerned with the education and welfare of overseas young learner students, as well as the management and support of all academic staff on site, ensuring students receive the best possible education during their stay.
The DOS must implement, co-ordinate and manage the academic programme for the full duration of the course with the assistance of the staff from Head Office. It is the DOS' role to support the teachers in delivering all aspects of the LAL YL syllabus, whilst also carrying out administrative duties relating to the academic management of your centre.
The ideal Director of Studies will be conscientious and organised with a high regard for the education of overseas junior students. They will have experience of managing a team of teachers, delivering effective teaching training, conducting developmental observations and the administrative duties needed to lead a school.
The post-holder is required to engage in all aspects of summer school work (including encouraging and supporting your team of teachers in their non-teaching duties) as directed by the Centre Manager and the team at head office.

  • Salary: £415 - £515 per week
  • Location: Brighton
  • Division: LALSS - Summer Schools
  • Contract length: Seasonal

Line Manager:                      

Summer Schools Centre Manager / LAL Head of Young Learners  


Hours of work/contract type:        

Your normal hours of work are 48 per week over a six day week. You may be required to work additional hours when requested to meet the needs of the business. This position involves working on weekends and other unsocial hours.




Main Responsibilities and Tasks:


People Management Responsibilities

  • To lead teachers in administering the prescribed syllabus and developing strategies for successful learning outcomes in accordance with directives from the Centre Manager, the Head of Young Learners and LAL head office.
  • To encourage teachers to communicate and work with each other as required for planning, teaching and administrative purposes, with the support of the Senior Teacher (when applicable).
  • To ensure that all teachers are actively linking the academic programme with the leisure programme through meaningful activities in the classroom, especially during project work lessons, with the support of the Senior Teacher (when applicable).
  • To manage and support the academic staff as necessary to ensure all policies, procedures and deadlines are adhered to.
  • To act in a responsive manner to all academic requests/concerns put forward by staff, students and International Group Leaders.
  • To brief teachers on all aspects of their responsibilities, including the setting of deadlines for required paperwork, those relating to the academic and leisure programme.
  • To work with the Centre Manager in ensuring the teachers’ rota is adequate for the needs of the academic syllabus and that the academic staff are aware of any other duties they have.
  • To appraise all members of the teaching staff and submit reports to the Centre Manager.
  • To ensure, when not on duty, that the Senior Teacher (where applicable) is apprised of all necessary information and that any relevant information is reported to the UKSS Management Team.
  • To facilitate the schedule for formal observations and feedback in liaison with teachers and head office.
  • To organise and carry out training sessions for teachers, in conjunction with your Senior Teacher (where applicable) and with the support of the Head of Young Learners UK. These sessions should be based on a review of the common work-on points from the teachers’ formal observations. Academic and Administrative Responsibilities
  • To take responsibility for the successful academic outcomes of all students taught ensuring that teachers make students aware of the aims of each lesson and how they have made progress towards these by, administering the setting of progress tests.
  • To administer the placement testing and class allocation of all students.
  • To administer the issuing of individual student reports and attendance certificates as part of planning and conducting the LAL Graduation Ceremony for all students.
  • To maintain accurate class lists for all students and manage changes appropriately and promptly, on paper and electronically as required.
  • To maintain accurate and up-to-date records of work, classroom registers, lesson plans and any other administrative records as required by the British Council, on paper and electronically, as required and ensure that teachers do the same.
  • To cover for teachers in the event of their sickness and/or absence, i.e. to prepare and teach dynamic and communicative lessons across a range of levels to multinational classes comprising students aged 7 – 17 years.
  • To submit to periodic classroom inspections by line management, academic staff from LAL and the British Council.
  • To be responsible for the delivery of weekly conversation classes for adult classes of International Group Leaders.

TEFLQ/DELTA Qualified Director of Studies Responsibilities

  • To observe lessons and give teachers feedback in accordance with LAL Observation Policies.Other Responsibilities
  • To be fully engaged with students and International Group Leaders in the rigours of summer school work, providing excellent customer service while delivering the LAL Summer School product.
  • To consistently ensure the welfare of the students remains paramount.
  • To live on-site, board and lodging provided as part of the salary package, from four days prior to the start of the course to attend induction training, until the end of the last contracted day.
  • To carry out all tasks concerned with the setting up, administration and closing down of the course as advised by line management.
  • To address any student, International Group Leader or host site representatives issues, complaints or suggestions by ensuring that the relevant LAL staff are made aware.
  • To act in a friendly and professional manner with all of LAL’s agents, clients and staff and not to engage in any activity which may bring LAL or the designated host school into disrepute.
  • To assist all students, International Group Leaders and LAL agents to derive the maximum benefit from the course.
  • To follow all LAL policies and procedures, including but not limited to dress code, safeguarding, maintaining student discipline and avoiding loss and/or damage to LAL property or property belonging to the host school.
  • To read and be fully conversant with all training materials relating to the role, and all pertinent British Council Accreditation requirements, prior to the start of the period of employment.
  • To attend and lead all required meetings.
  • To hold the school’s 24-hour emergency phone on a rota basis.
  • To be flexible to carry out any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Summer School management team, either in centre or at Head Office.

Person Specification:

The letters in brackets denote how LAL will establish if you meet our criteria and how that will be determined. The letters have the following meaning: (A) = Application Form, (I) = Interview, (R) = Reference and (T) = Test.


E.g. previous summer school experience will be determined by the information provided by the candidate on the application form (A) and through questions at Interview (I)



Education, Training and Knowledge

  • a) Educated to degree level or NQF level 6 equivalent (A)
  • b) Cambridge CELTA or Trinity TESOL Certificate, PGCE or equivalent (A)
  • c) Computer literate with emphasis on Microsoft Outlook & Excel (A/I)
  • d) Knowledge of Young Learner’s ELT materials (A/I)
  • e) Excellent level of spoken and written English (CEFR C1 minimum, e.g. CAE/IELTS 7-8) (A/I)


Relevant Work Experience

  • a) Minimum three years’ teaching experience (A/I)
  • b) Previous summer school experience (A/I)
  • c) Minimum one year’s experience of teaching young learners (A/I)


Skills and Abilities

  • a) Effective people management skills (A/I)
  • b) Dynamic ‘can do’ approach to work (A/I)
  • c) Excellent communication and proven management skills (A/I)
  • d) Responsible approach to working with juniors (A/I)
  • e) Ability to work under pressure (A/I )
  • f) Excellent customer service manner (A/I)


Other Attributes

  • a) Willingness to work non-standard hours when necessary (A/I)
  • b) Some knowledge of foreign cultures (A/I)
  • c) Satisfactory DBS disclosure or equivalent (A/I)  



Education, Training and Knowledge

  • a) DELTA or Trinity Diploma or British Council equivalent (TEFLQ) (A)
  • b) Good working knowledge of at least one foreign language (A/I)
  • c) First Aid certificate / Life Guard certificate (A)


Relevant Work Experience

  • a) Previous experience in academic management at ADOS/Senior Teacher level (A/I)
  • b) Proof of materials development (A/I )
  • c) Experience of teaching EFL students in a multi-lingual context (A/I) 
  • d) Experience in exam preparation teaching Trinity Examinations (A/I)
  • e) Experience teaching literature, Abitur and/or Academic Study Skills – University of Sussex only (A/I) 
  • f) Experience carrying out teacher observations, creating and facilitating CPD sessions and/or teacher training (A/I)


Skills and abilities

  • a) Driving licence (A)
  • b) Experience with Microsoft Office 365 (A/I)



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