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Join us as a Director of Studies

Our ongoing commitment to safer recruitment means that all successful applicants will be expected to be part of the DBS update service or be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure. 

Applicants will also be required to provide two professional references as well as explain any gaps in employment history before any offer is made.

The Director of Studies position is a challenging, exciting and fulfilling role. A tried and trusted in-house syllabus is provided and full support is given by the Academic team at Head Office at all times.

As a Director of Studies, you will have overall management of the academic programme and the teaching team. You will proactively support and guide your team to achieve a high standard of performance, enabling them to deliver an outstanding academic programme for students. You will also work effectively as part of the management team to deliver a high-quality programme.

You must be able to attend the Management Training weekend in Canterbury, provisionally scheduled for 19th of June to 21st June. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Full board and accommodation are provided.

Start Date: - Contracted work from June – August 2020, depending on location

Salary: - Between £ 570.65 to £611.05 per week depending on the size of the centre. Pay in lieu of any unspent holiday at 12.07% of total gross pay. Increments available.

Locations: - Cambridge, Chichester, Dover, Edinburgh, London Bankside, London Bloomsbury, London Uxbridge, Malvern, Oakham, Woodcote (near Reading) and York.

Hours: At least 48 hours per week. The job demands a high level of flexibility and will involve weekend and evening work

Key responsibilities

Staff Management

  • Create and maintain sense of team spirit
  • Lead staff inductions and ensure your team is fully prepared to teach, run activities and lead excursions
  • Manage, motivate and brief your teaching team, leading by example
  • Provide clear staff rotas
  • Monitor staff performance and carry out observations and appraisals

Academic Management

  • Ensure academic management is of a high standard and meets the requirements set by Accreditation UK
  • Ensure the correct running of placement testing and weekly tests
  • Ensure allocation of teachers to appropriate classes and levels
  • Oversee the completion of teachers’ paperwork, including records of work, schemes of work, reports and certificates
  • Provide full support for teachers
  • Prepare and lead teacher development workshops
  • Prepare and lead Group Leader sessions
  • Train and oversee any Senior Teachers or Assistant Directors of Studies
  • Ensure the teaching staff are well-organised to support the leisure programme

General Management

  • Ensure all Stafford House health and safety policies are implemented and monitored closely, including student welfare and supervision
  • Take an active part in student welfare and supervision
  • Work closely with the Activities Manager to ensure that the academic and activities programmes are integrated
  • Take a lead role in the absence of the Centre Director if necessary
  • Provide support in the overall management of the centre.

Experience and skills


  • Educated to degree level
  • Cambridge DELTA or Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma in TESOL or PGCE TEFL/TESOL or Post graduate taught course (MA equivalent) in TEFL/TESOL, including at least 6 hours of supervised teaching practice
  • Over 3 years of full-time EFL experience
  • Proven competence in management and academic leadership
  • Computer literate with excellent administration skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change
  • Enjoy working with children and teenagers from different cultures
  • Be able to respond appropriately to last-minute changes and show flexibility


  • Possess a current First Aid certificate
  • Experience of working with children
  • Previous DOS experience
  • Experience of summer school
  • Previous residential experience

How will you spend your summer?

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Application Details

Personal Details

Qualifications and Experience

Please include TEFL qualifications, A-Levels, Diplomas, Degrees, Coaching, Lifeguarding, First Aid. Also, please include name of institution, qualification/subject, awarding body, date and mode of study, e.g University of Edinburgh, BA History,, full time 2012-2016 or IH Barcelona, CELTA, Cambridge, full time September 2018 Academic staff only - Please include a scan of your ELT and degree certificates with this application.

EFL Teaching Experience

(if applicable; calculate up to June 2019). This information will be passed on to the centre

Full Employment History

Please note that in order to process your application, your FULL employment history is required. Please explain/account for any gaps. Please also attach your most recent CV. If your CV shows your full employment history, you may type 'see attached CV' in the space below.

Further information


Please give the names of two professional referees who can comment on your suitability to work with children. All references will be followed up. • Please include your current or most recent employer. • If you have worked at another summer school within the past three years, please include a referee from this employment. • If you have previously worked with children, please include a referee who can comment on this work. • At least one referee must know you in a professional capacity; the other may know you in an academic capacity or through voluntary work. • References from friends and family are not acceptable. • Please use company email addresses wherever possible.

Reference #1

Reference #2

Applicant Declaration

Please answer ‘yes’ to each statement to confirm your acceptance

Declaration of Suitability to Work with Children

Our Child Protection Policy

Stafford House Summer is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for juniors in our care. We achieve this by: • Adhering to safer recruitment of staff practices as per NCSL guidelines • Having clear code of conduct for all staff working at our centres • Adopting child protection policies and procedures as per NSPCC guidelines • Having clearly visible and accessible Anti-Bullying Policy and Student Complaints procedure. Please see our Staff Handbook for full information. Because of the sensitive nature of the duties you will be expected to undertake, you are required to disclose details of any criminal record and a DBS check or Disclosure Scotland may be processed. Disclosure may not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position as only relevant convictions and other information will be taken into account, however you must disclose all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 by SI 2013 1198). Please visit the following website to read up on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act:

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