The role of Summer School Teacher is one of responsibility, directly concerned with the education and welfare of overseas under-18 year old students. This requires the post-holder to engage in all aspects of summer school work as directed by the Director of Studies, Leisure management and Centre Manager.
The Teacher will be fun, enthusiastic, outgoing and have a high level of responsibility and authority and be more than capable of providing interesting and involving lessons for Young Learners.
LAL use our own course book, written and designed by our academic staff across the globe to help our teachers provide unforgettable lessons. These course book-based lessons will form the basis of the syllabus but it is the teacher’s responsibility to bring them to life by adapting them to suit the needs of the individual students. The teacher is responsible for motivating and engaging the students in additional project lessons, which will be based on excursions.
Summer School Director of Studies/Senior Teacher (if applicable)/Leisure Management
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 at weekends and other unsocial hours.
Main Responsibilities and Tasks:
- To prepare and teach engaging and communicative lessons across a range of levels to multinational classes comprising of students usually aged 7 – 17 years for a minimum of five teaching sessions a week (up to ten sessions at St Mary’s University in both the morning and afternoon sessions).
- To follow the prescribed syllabus and develop strategies for successful learning in accordance with directives from line management.
- To communicate and work with your fellow teachers as required for planning, teaching and administrative purposes
- To take responsibility for the successful academic outcomes of all students taught ensuring that students are aware of the aims of each lesson and how they have made progress towards these by including the setting and marking of progress tests.
- To actively link the academic programme with the leisure programme through meaningful activities in the classroom, especially during project work lessons.
- To assist in the placement testing and classroom allocation of all students.
- 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.
- To teach Trinity Exam preparation, Intensive English, One-to-One or Academic Study Skills (University of Sussex only) lessons as directed and required by Line Manager.
- To write individual student reports fully, appropriately and professionally for all students taught in line with the deadlines set by line management.
- To submit to periodic classroom inspections by line management and the British Council.
- To assist in daily administrative and pastoral tasks as requested by line management, including meal monitoring.
- To look after any teaching materials including Round the World teachers’ notes borrowed from resources provided by LAL Head Office and to return them at the end of any course/end of contract.
- To actively encourage students to take part in the leisure programme.
- To organise, set up and lead fun, engaging and safe activities for the students.
- To lead students and International Group Leaders on excursions to a variety of locations, providing cultural information about the places they are seeing.
- 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 attend induction training from three days prior to the start of the course.
- 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 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.
- To attend all required meetings and CPD sessions as instructed by the management team.
- If you are a returning member of staff and have worked for LAL UK Summer Schools before, you will be expected to ‘buddy up’ with new team members, using your experience to help with their development.
- Educated to degree level or NQF level 6 equivalent
- Cambridge CELTA or Trinity TESOL Certificate, PGCE or equivalent
- Computer literate with emphasis on Microsoft Outlook & Excel
- Excellent level of spoken and written English (CEFR C1 minimum, e.g. CAE/IELTS 7-8)
- First aid / lifeguarding qualification
- Driving license
- Experience in a summer school environment
- Experience teaching young learners
- Experience in exam preparation teaching Trinity examinations
- Experience teaching literature, Abitur and/or Academic Study Skills – University of Sussex only
- Experience carrying out teacher observations, creating and facilitating CPD sessions and/or teacher training
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Effective people management skills
- ‘Can do’ approach to work
- Strong time management skills
- Excellent communication skills and a team mentality
- Ability to work under pressure and be adaptable
- Knowledge of a foreign language
- Computer literate with experience using Office365
- Good knowledge of sports / Arts and crafts or preforming arts
- Some knowledge of foreign cultures
- Responsible approach to working with juniors
- Willingness to work non-standard hours
- Satisfactory DBS disclosure or equivalent (police check)