Thames Valley Summer Schools, a long-time member of English UK and accredited by the British Council, has operated summer courses for teenagers for over 45 years and in 2018 was ranked one of the top two residential multi-centre summer schools in the UK*.
The Company’s administrative office is in Windsor and courses are held in attractive locations, primarily in the Thames Valley and the South East, using prestigious public schools including St. George’s School (Ascot), Epsom College, St. John’s School (Leatherhead) and Rugby School. All courses are residential.
*Based on British Council inspection results published by the EL Gazette February 2018
The recruitment of summer school staff begins in earnest in February and continues to the end of June. Courses take place from early July to mid-August, with peak numbers in July. During this period, the office in Windsor provides all the necessary information and administrative back-up to staff in the centres for the efficient operation of courses.
Reporting directly to the Principal, the role of the Director of Education & Recruitment (DOE) will be to run the recruitment and academic departments. This includes:
- the recruitment of all centre staff and English School Friends (ESFs) including associated administration.
- the efficient management of the educational programme including allocation of educational materials and syllabus writing.
Once the centres are open, the DOE will focus primarily on the academic side of the courses and be involved in the training and debriefing of teaching staff and academic managers. He/she will be required to visit the centres and be personally involved in providing educational support and guidance to the EFL staff including conducting initial teacher observations and emergency teaching cover if necessary.
Here’s what some of our teachers have had to say about TVSS:
“I loved every minute of it. I would definitely apply again.”
“Thoroughly enjoyable three weeks! Excellent facilities, excellent staff and excellent kids! Would certainly love to be a part of another TVSS course in the future!”
“It's been a very good year, once again!”
“Excellent support from management and staff. Students seemed to have a really positive experience and it was really great fun and rewarding to teach them.”
The DOE will also be the point of contact for any staffing or contract issues that may arise with centre staff. As the person responsible for recruitment and contracts, the DOE will also prepare all payroll records through the summer ready for processing by our Accountant.
You will be organised, flexible and reliable with strong admin skills (including a very good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite) and excellent attention to detail. Good interpersonal and communication skills are required as well as an ability to work independently and under pressure. A full, clean driving licence is necessary as visits to centres during July/August will be expected as part of the role. The DOE, as with all senior personnel, will be expected to work efficiently under pressure and respond decisively to situations as they develop.
We are looking for someone who has the potential to develop the role and to take on more responsibility. He/she needs to be meticulous with administration, confident in interviewing and able to handle academic management responsibilities effectively. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who has relevant teaching experience, is looking to develop their career and who thrives in a challenging environment.
Qualifications & Knowledge
a) A university degree
b) CELTA/CertTESOL or equivalent
c) DELTA/DipTESOL or equivalent
d) Native-level English
a) Ability to speak another language in addition to English, at least conversationally
a) a minimum of three years’ EFL teaching experience which includes Young Learners
b) working in a residential EFL summer school
c) preparing students for Trinity GESE / FCE / IELTS
d) interviewing teachers
a) Trinity examiner experience
b) conducting teacher observations
c) using technology in the EFL classroom
d) materials development and syllabus writing
e) recruitment and/or project management experience
f) previous experience in a similar role in the UK
Skills, Abilities and Attitude
a) full, clean driving licence
b) good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
c) ability to work as a team and on own initiative
d) meticulous attention to detail
e) flexibility and willingness to work non-standard hours (when required) to meet the needs of the business, including evening and weekends, especially during the summer months
Thames Valley Summer Schools is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. As part of our commitment:
• All references will be followed up
• Referees will be asked specifically if there is any reason why you should not be allowed to work with under 18-year olds
• Any gaps in your employment history will need to be explained satisfactorily
• Proof of identity and qualifications will be required and photocopies of the original certificate will be taken
• All candidates are required to hold or undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct from their local police
The TVSS office is a non-smoking environment.
Please note that we are only able to contact successful candidates. All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as we do not sponsor work permit visa applications. Thank you for your understanding.