Residential EFL Teacher

To teach English to foreign young learner students and lead activities, excursions, transfers and registration as required.

  • Salary: GBP 320 - 350 per week, including accommodation allowance
  • Location: UK Summer Schools
  • Division: LAL UK Summer Schools
  • Contract length: Summer Job

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 ideal 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. 


Main Responsibilities and Tasks:


Academic Responsibilities

  • To prepare and teach engaging and communicative lessons across a range of levels to multinational classes comprising 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 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.


Leisure Responsibilities

  • 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.


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 three 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 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.


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. experience with working with young learners 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 or equivalent (A)
  • b) Current Cambridge CELTA/Trinity TESOL Certificate, PGCE or equivalent (A)
  • c) Excellent level of spoken and written English (CEFR C1 minimum, e.g. CAE/IELTS 7-8) (A/I)


Relevant Work Experience

  • a) Experience with and a responsible approach to working with young learners (A/I)


Skills and Abilities

  • a) ‘Can do’ approach to work (A/I)
  • b) Enthusiasm (A/I)
  • c) Excellent communication skills (A/I)
  • d) Ability to work under pressure (A/I)
  • e) Excellent customer service manner (A/I)
  • f) Computer literate (A/I)


Other Attributes

  • a) Some knowledge of foreign culture (A/I)
  • b) Satisfactory DBS disclosure or equivalent (A)



Education, Training and Knowledge

  • a) Good knowledge of either sports and/or arts & crafts/performing arts (A/I)
  • 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 summer school experience (A/I)
  • b) Experience of teaching EFL students in a multi-lingual context (A/I) 
  • c) Experience in exam preparation teaching Trinity Examinations (A/I) 
  • d) Experience teaching literature, Abitur and/or Academic Study Skills – University of Sussex only (A/I)


Skills and Abilities

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



Core salary and bonuses

  • Weekly basic salary: GBP 320
  • Maximum weekly bonus: GBP 30
    (full information will be provided at interview)

Supplements for specialist roles

  • Teacher + ‘Director’s Cut’ Film Production Tutor (Berkhamsted): GBP 100
  • Teacher + ‘Click’ Photography Tutor (Berkhamsted): GBP 50
  • Teacher or Activity Leader + ‘Let’s Dance’ Dance Tutor (St Swithun’s): GBP 50
  • Teacher + Academic Study Skills Tutor (Brighton : GBP 20

(Paid only in weeks when this option is running)

Returning Staff

Returning staff will be paid an additional GBP 15 per week for their second year with LAL, and an additional GBP 5 for each additional year worked up to a maximum of GBP 30 per week.

Accommodation Allowance

The basic salary for this residential role includes an accommodation allowance of GBP 42 per week. Non-residential staff will be paid an additional allowance of GBP 42 per week.


To Apply: Please ensure that you meet the requirements in the Job Description and Person Specification before applying. To apply for a post, please fill in our online application form. Click to apply online
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