EFL Academic Manager - Canterbury

  • May 2018 to September 2018
  • Fixed term contract

Concorde International is seeking a well-qualified and experienced Academic Manager for our junior school in Canterbury for students aged 8-17.

You should have a proven track record in student-centred activity courses for young learners of English. You must also have the ability to inspire, lead and professionally support teachers in a dynamic, highly-energised learning environment and continue to strive for excellence. This position is for a fixed term contract from May 2018 to September 2018.

Details of Position

Our Junior School is located at Concorde International's headquarters in Canterbury, Kent. It provides year round language learning courses for students between the ages of 8-17yrs. There are visiting school groups throughout the academic year and language activity courses during the Summer months. The successful candidate will be required to attend an initial induction at the beginning of May 2018; manage the school groups and be involved in preparations for the Junior Summer School which begins in June 2018. You will also be expected to run weekly teacher professional development workshops. The post is non-residential. A knowledge of Canterbury and Kent is highly desirable but not essential. Managers are fully supported by the Academic Director and the management team from the head office.


Essential requirements

  • A recognised teaching qualification such as RSA / Cambridge CELTA orTrinity Cert TESOL or equivalent (Qualification must contain at least 100 hours of ELT/TESOL input, minimum 6 hours supervised teaching practice and must be externally validated by a reputable examination body) or PGCE in relevant subjects, BEd, QTS or overseas equivalent.
  • DELTA, Dip TESOL or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience including time with teenagers
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK (we cannot assist in any way with work permits or visas)
  • University degree or overseas equivalent

Desirable requirements

  • Native or very near-native competency in English
  • Knowledge of the summer school location for which you are applying
  • Previous teaching experience with teenagers and young learners, especially within multinational classes
  • Committed to your own Professional Development and that of others
  • Previous experience working in a junior summer school environment within a management capacity
  • Effective management and motivational skills and a professional approach to work
  • Able to work with computers
  • Able to speak a second language
  • Current first aid
  • Recent DBS check (formerly CRB)

Teacher support

  • You will give daily support to all teachers on your team
  • Pair up the teachers in terms of experience and personality in order to provide high standards of teaching a positive experience for both students and the teachers
  • Organise and deliver weekly Teacher Development Workshops and ensure that the topic and content is relevant, practical and useful for teachers
  • Implement where possible additional methods of Continued Professional Development should a need be identified
  • Observe each teacher at least twice (including a less formal pop-in) during their contracted period and hold an individual feedback session afterwards
  • Complete a feedback form for each observation and make sure that Head Office receive a copy as soon as possible
  • Ensure that teachers carry out pre excursion and post excursion lessons as per the Academic Schedule
Job description

Managerial duties

  • Liaising with the Centre Manager, you are responsible for all academic issues. It is vital that all managers work together to ensure the smooth running of the summer school.
  • You will need to teach in the event of staff sickness or absence if appropriate cover is not available. You will not normally be required to take part in the activities.
  • You will attend a management induction in Canterbury before inducting your team of teachers when they arrive at the centre.
  • Meet with newly arrived Group Leaders to go through the academic programme and lesson structure using the academic section of the Group Leader’s Handbook and answer arising questions as necessary.
  • Complete staff appraisal forms for each teacher. Work closely with the other managers to do this and return these forms to Head Office as soon as possible for the purpose of reference writing, which is done centrally.
  • You are to help monitor student numbers weekly and correlate those against staff requirements, staff contracts and the possibility of laying off teachers when numbers fall. Ideally, you are to inform teachers if their contract is being terminated for any reason at least a week beforehand. Such a decision will be taken in consultation with the Centre Manager and the Director of Vacation Courses.
  • Read, review and react to the weekly student evaluation forms in order to continually maintain an improve standards across all academic areas.
  • Ensure all teachers fulfil their contractual duties, are prepared for each assigned class and are in the correct classrooms at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • Ensure that all teachers are prepared, having planned their classes in advance and not leaving photocopying or other tasks to the last minute.
  • Retest students who request a level change and ensure that all paperwork is updated according to the outcomes of these tests.
  • Organise the classrooms, furniture and facilities available to the teachers in order to maximise their potential. Check all powered items are functioning correctly and instruct teachers on how to use them.
  • You are responsible for all academic resources. It is essential that these are returned in the same manner they were delivered and checked against the inventory provided by Head Office. Regular audits will be performed throughout the course.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the summer school operation as required by Centre.

Administrative duties

  • Ensure that all teachers correctly complete all necessary paperwork. These need to be checked and filed by yourself.
  • You are required to attend regular management meetings to discuss occurring issues such as student welfare and behaviour, arrivals and departures, use of facilities and resources and other matters regarding the overall smooth running of the centre.
  • Liaise closely with the administrator to create and maintain accurate class lists, registers, fire registers, reports, certificates and classroom allocations.
  • Organise the testing and level placement of the students and allocate them to class according to their age, level of English, sex and nationality.
  • All computer data is to be organised in a logical way so it can be downloaded by Head Office at the end of the course. The Academic Manager Handbook has further instruction on this point.
  • At the end of the summer you will submit a report covering the strengths and weaknesses of any part of the academic programme and any other factors by which it has been effected together with any future recommendations.


  • Read and refer to the Academic Manager Handbook before and throughout the course and adhere to Concorde International’s operational procedures.
  • You should read both the Child Protection Policy and the Health and Safety Policy and report any incidents appropriately whilst ensuring that the teachers do likewise.

From £550 per week (+ statutory holiday pay) plus a performance related payment on receipt of end of summer report.

Reports to: Academic Director

Equal opportunities

Concorde International is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion in the allocation of duties between employees employed at any level with comparable job descriptions.

If you are applying from outside Europe, please note that Concorde International is unable to assist in any way with work permits or visas.


To apply, email your latest CV together with a covering letter to: recruitment@concorde-int.com.

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