There are two students: a girl, 14, and her brother, 12. The girl is intelligent with a warm and lively personality. She is keen to learn and eager to please her tutors. She is becoming a driven and conscientious student, ready to achieve her full potential in her GCSE examinations. She demonstrates the greatest aptitude and enjoyment in the humanities. Her reading, writing and comprehension skills are above her age, and she is a passionate reader, tackling 2/3 books a week. She also enjoys the Sciences and likes to learn through practical, real-life experiences. She has been developing her language skills in French and Italian and is about to start her French GCSE course a year early. Her least favourite subject is Maths, but she is working hard to achieve good results and is gradually increasing her confidence.
The girl has a passion for drama and theatre. She performs in group showcases, and studies individual drama exams in which she excels. She is a keen ballet dancer and has recently taken up ballroom and latin. She plays tennis regularly and attends art class on Saturday mornings.
Her brother is enthusiastic, kind and energetic with a strong work ethic. He performs academically at a high level and enjoys his schoolwork. He is naturally inquisitive, and his progress attests to his application in all subject areas. His favourite subjects are currently Maths and Sciences, but he also enjoys the Humanities, in particular History, and Geography.
He began his subject based studies early, but while ahead of the standard Year 7 curriculum in terms of content, he is still developing analytical and evaluative abilities in line with his strongest peers. He also studies French and Italian. He enjoys all sports and is a good team player. Outside of school he has played football with a local club and is a strong tennis player. With increased training, he will start competing regularly in National and International competitions.
ROLE OF THE TUTORS
This role involves teaching a classical English curriculum in an unconventional way. The Tutors will combine the academic rigour of a classical education with a flexible, open- minded and adventurous personality that thrives on things being done differently. This balance will enable them to respond positively to finding new ways of teaching that will inspire the children.
Between them the Tutors will be responsible for teaching a core curriculum of English language, English literature, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography and French to both students in individual lessons. It would be advantageous if other subjects could be offered, particularly Italian, Spanish, Classical Civilisations, or Computer Science.
The Tutors should have in-depth experience of teaching or come from a strong education background in the British or International system. The Tutors must maintain meticulous, up-to-date records for both children and across all subjects.
The girl may take some GCSEs at the end of Year 10, having started the courses in Year 9. The Tutors must be comfortable picking up teaching part way through these courses.
This role is initially for one year, with an option for annual renewals, although it would be much preferred if the Tutors stayed for at least two years to take the girl through her GCSEs. The Tutors will need to design and deliver courses that solidify the extent of the schooling to date and progress them at least as quickly as the best schools, but without being pressuring or overbearing.
The Tutors are likely to have a good degree from a competitive university in a relevant subject. The Tutors should be interested in world affairs, politics, media and culture, as it is important that the children are well versed in these topics.
Each appointed candidate will be well-travelled, responsible, practical, and down- to-earth, with a strong sense of fun and a wide range of personal interests. The Tutors must be active. Skiing ability would be useful. Tutors will be responsible for packing and moving any teaching materials they wish to take between the locations or use during periods of travel, so should be organised and practical.
HOURS AND HOLIDAY
This is a full-time position and, as far as possible, will need to follow a carefully planned timetable. The Tutors should expect to work around 40 hours per week with preparation in addition. They will be entitled to an average of two consecutive days off per week, but will need to be flexible regarding the exact timing of these.
The family are very close and are keen for a friendly and fun learning environment to be built for their children. The Tutors' attitudes to such things as invitations to join in after school activities, meals etc, is therefore very important.
The Tutors will be entitled to 9 weeks (45 days) holiday per year. This will be taken at times agreed with the Client. It will usually be broadly in line with ‘standard’ school holiday periods.
ACCOMMODATION, TRAVEL, AND MISCELLANEOUS
Furnished accommodation will be available for the Tutors in all locations. This may be an apartment, house, or guesthouse at the Client’s properties.
As well as the family home, there are additional homes in Europe, which the family travel between, and the Tutors should expect trips further afield.
The ideal applicants will have plenty of experience, enthusiasm and energy. They must have a track record of preparing students for excellence and must be able to adapt their working style to fit the variable circumstances of this position.
The Tutors must be non-smokers, imaginative and inventive. They must be confident drivers.
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