Director of Studies (residential in Oxford)

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Start Date
3rd July
Duration or End Date
7th August
£831.84 per week (this is inclusive of holiday pay). Plus paid induction programme.


Essential Requirements 

  • You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification

Job Description

Join Our Summer Team at International House London in Oxford!

Are you ready for a summer job that makes a difference?

At International House London, we are thrilled to invite you to join our team for the upcoming summer season. We operate summer centers designed to provide students, aged 8 to 17, from around the world with a unique English-language learning experience alongside a specially curated Activity programme. As a member of our summer team, you'll play a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and safety of our students throughout their stay. This is an opportunity to gain valuable professional development, acquire new skills, have fun, and connect with like-minded individuals!

What is the role of the Director of Studies?

The role of Director of Studies is one of high responsibility directly concerned with the education and welfare of our Young Learner students as well as the management of all academic staff assigned to the programme.

The Director of Studies is responsible for the academic management of the designated Young Learner centre. Key elements of this role include inducting and supporting teachers, overseeing the placement of students and maintaining high level of teaching standards across all classes, including carrying out observations and teacher development sessions as appropriate.

What skills do I need to do this job?

  • ability to mentor and provide support for less experienced teachers
  • ability to manage a team 
  • ability to communicate with international teenagers and adults, with cultural awareness and sensitivity 
  • administrative skills such as registers, class lists and reports

What training will I receive?

If you don’t already have up-to-date first aid and safeguarding training, this will be provided before you start. There will be a full paid induction that offers guidance on the academic programme and its implementation, as well as get-to-know-you activities to ensure friendship and collaboration within your team, and with the wider centre team.

What is included in the package?

  • You will get free bed and full board (3 meals a day) provided at the centre. 
  • Opportunities to attend excursions to locations in the surrounding area and around the UK 
  • Professional development opportunities

Why work with International House London?

International House London have been running summer schools since 2011 across the UK. We are proud to be accredited by the British Council and International House World Organisation. We celebrate the diversity of our students and staff and have strong Vision, Mission and Values beliefs. We prioritise the safety, happiness and well-being of our students. We actively offer professional development and skills training to our staff. Many of our staff return to work with us every year.

How will this role enhance my career? What can it lead to?

  • academic management roles and teacher training 
  • programme management roles 
  • working with teenagers and young people 
  • working within educational institutions 
  • managerial and organisational roles 
  • leadership positions

Hours of work: Your normal hours of work are 44 per week over a six-day week. This position involves working on weekends and other unsocial hours

What will happen before the camp starts

  • There will be induction and training e.g. health and safety, safeguarding 
  • You will be sent the staff manuals, policies and procedures 
  • You will have DBS checks, will require two references and a police check (if living abroad) 
  • When on site, check the classrooms have all the necessary equipment e.g. whiteboards, pens, board rubbers

What will happen during the camp

You will:

  • Take responsibility for classing the students and administer level tests where required 
  • Check student engagement with the lessons 
  • Support the teachers in the planning of lessons and help with resources 
  • Cover teaching absences or teach a class if the timetable requires 
  • Organise end-of-course certificates, student reports and graduation ceremonies 
  • Attend and/or lead team meetings to reinforce procedures 
  • Arrange developmental observations of teachers and deliver oral and written feedback reports 
  • Provide academic advice and support to students and teachers as required 
  • Assist with arrivals and departures of students on transfer days if required 
  • Attend staff meetings as required 
  • Liaise with Group Leaders and Centre Manager, and act on feedback/suggestions as required 
  • Keep Group Leaders informed of student attendance and progress

What will happen at the end of the camp

You will:

  • Assist with departures of students and teachers 
  • Check teaching equipment and complete an inventory 
  • Help to pack up the centre

If you're passionate about education, dedicated to creating memorable experiences for young learners, and excited to be part of a dynamic team, we encourage you to explore our available positions. Your summer adventure awaits at International House London!

 Other Benefits

Accommodation: You will get free bed and full board (3 meals a day) provided at the centre

About the school and city

International House London is an established and well-known language school, with over sixty years of experience in providing language courses and teacher training programmes. 

Our spacious and fully equipped school is based near Covent Garden and we are a founding member of the International House World Organisation.

International House London welcomes over 8,000 language students from 150 countries each year. Our students enjoy learning in the vibrant and multicultural atmosphere of IH London.

IH London opened in 1959. We are the no.1 language school in Central London, judged by the latest British Council inspections and reported in the EL Gazette (2019). Every year we train over 500 new teachers and enable them to embark on exciting new journeys across the globe to inspire and teach others.