This is a management position and therefore, you should expect a demanding workload. Working hours are spread over a 35* hour, working week. Administration e.g. meetings, updating records of work, etc. and lesson preparation time, is included within the 35 hours contract week.
*Working hours may vary according to the needs of the campus, your working week may be 5 or 6 days and may include a Saturday or Sunday.
The role of a DOS incorporates the following:
On the application form, you will be required to declare any criminal convictions and your eligibility to work in the UK. To work with St Andrew's College Language Schools, you must provide a Disclosure (PVG to work in Scotland/DBS to work in England) and this must be dated within the 3 months prior to your Contract Start Date. If you have been working abroad for more than 3 years, you must provide the equivalent 'police check' from that country. Whichever one you choose to supply, it must be ‘Enhanced’ and specific to your suitability to work with under 18s.
All new Disclosure checks made through St Andrew’s College Language Schools are payable by the employee and will be deducted from your salary. This may range from £18 to £65 depending on the Disclosure you need.
Please bear in mind that the procedure to receiving a Disclosure check can take up to 18 weeks. In the event your disclosure is still pending at the commencement of your employment, you must agree to comply with St Andrew’s College Language Schools, Safeguarding and Recruitment policy.
You must also provide an email address and contact telephone number of 3 referees who can verify your suitability for the post and suitability to work with those aged -18. One of which can be a character reference.
Ensure that a high standard of teaching is maintained throughout the department, supporting teachers in planning, preparing and teaching English language lessons that are relevant and appropriate to the students learning needs, interests and culture, whilst following the St Andrew’s College Language schools, summer school educational programme.Ensure that all members of the teaching and learning team adhere to the following:
Be proactive, offering support to teachers before it is requested.
Organise and lead in the running of the Student Placement Test as directed.
Create Class Lists and Class Registers of no more than 15 students from the results of the Placement Test, taking into consideration Level of English, multi-national mix, age and continuity.
Maintain accurate staff records, in accordance with company guidelines
Organise, advertise and lead in the running of the Students Certificate/Graduation ceremony as directed
Present accurate and up to date ‘Teaching and Learning signage/information’ for students, clients and staff in the designated areas on campus: timetables, classrooms, class lists, certificate ceremonies, focus groups etc.
Complete documentation and proper student records as required.
Run and record staff meetings and optional sessions corresponding to the needs of the teachers.
Organise ‘Group Leader’ sessions.
Represent St Andrew’s College Language Schools positively in all conversations with clients, staff, and the host centre.
Run a manageable teacher room/office environment from which to work.
At the end of contract/summer school term, pack and return all stock and equipment per guidelines.
Teach when necessary e.g. teacher absence/sickness/insufficient student numbers.
The activity programme is as important as the academic programme, and students have the right to expect an equally high standard of delivery for both aspects
Establish and maintain regular open communications with:
Provide daily updates with the Company Director of Studies or ‘other named person’ in an agreed format.
Additional duties as required.
Residential Staff: Additional duties as required.
Support and Materials
In 2019, St Andrew's College Language Schools will have appx 11 campuses running simultaneously. With this in mind, we have developed an online Teaching and Learning ‘Shared Drive’, where resources, timetables, attendance etc. can all be kept and updated in real time. It is part of your job description to use ‘the shared drive’ both as a support tool and as an administrative duty.
St Andrew's College Language Schools’ Teachers are provided with teaching support, including a syllabus with course book (to be used as a course structure), and a Teachers’ Handbook which outlines our Teaching and Learning guidelines code of practice and conduct. In addition, a range of supplementary resources and a variety of teaching materials are provided online on the shared drive.
All staff receive electronic Teaching and Learning guidelines prior to employment. The company handbook and policies will also be available on the shared drive and on your campus.
Teaching and Learning Management positions (Senior Teacher and DoS) are required to attend a 2-3 day face-to-face practical induction covering the main aspects of the job: the online Shared Drive, Teaching and Learning expectations, Child Protection and Safeguarding and company Health and Safety guidelines and, if an inspection year, inspection. Attendance is mandatory as the information and guidance you will receive is essential to your ability to successfully carry out your job. Both the induction and the work afterwards (if applicable) are paid at a rate of £8.50 per hour.