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Residential EFL Teacher

  • Job Location

    Mary Hare School, Newbury, Berkshire

  • Start date

    10 July

  • Duration

    7 August

  • Job Benefits

    £2050 per 4 week contract plus accommodation and meals provided


Would you like to work at our summer school?

The teaching
Teaching takes place on five days a week, including Saturdays. There are four 45-minute lessons in the mornings and one 30-minute 'Digest' period after lunch. Classes are graded according to ability with a teacher:student ratio no greater than 1:16. We use books such as "Cutting Edge", 'Total English', ' Energy 2', ' Over to You', ' Smart Elementary', ' Matters', ' Vista' and ' Panorama 2' as textbooks. We also have a variety of supplementary material covering the range lower-intermediate to advanced. Much of the work is a special 'Task-Based Learning' programme involving the scripting and producing of a short film for which we have a special Programme of Work. Teachers may also include their own appropriate materials and methods.

Extra-curricular activities
No involvement in the sports/social programme is required. Any involvement is voluntary. Teaching staff will, however, be required to accompany excursions and shopping trips on a rota basis. Teaching staff will meet children at Heathrow Airport on arrival day and return them there on the last day. All staff assume the normal pastoral responsibilities that are part of boarding school life and are allocated to one of our four 'Houses'.

All staff have 1 duty day + 2 x ½ day duties each week, or the equivalent. T

Time Off
Teaching staff are free to be away from the School when they are not teaching, supervising a trip or 'on Duty'.

The students
We have a full programme of teaching, sporting and social activities. With our total staff:student ratio of about 1:8, we can provide the pastoral care that comes from supervision that is as complete as possible. The Courses are international with most European countries represented. We require a letter of recommendation for all students, so they tend to be well-motivated. Many return from year to year. As the Courses are fully residential, there are good opportunities to get to know the children and do various kinds of work with them.

Accommodation and meals
The posts are resident. Basic accommodation is provided at no charge, as are all meals, except meals on excursions.


Must be a graduate and a native english speaker with one of the following qualifications:
  • Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL
  • PGCE in English/modern languages with TEFL subsidiary
  • University "certificate in TEFL" courses. 
  • Must be a Native English Speaker

A qualification must be externally validated by a reputable examination body (usually a university or recognised examination board); there must be at least six hours' supervised teaching practice (i.e. teaching practice where a qualified assessor observes the trainee teacher teaching real TEFL students and gives feedback on the trainee's performance); the course must contain at least 100 hours of TEFL input. PGCE or equivalent qualifications which lead to qualified teacher status in the UK in a subject related to English Language teaching (i.e. modern languages or English) and for an appropriate age group may be considered to be appropriate qualifications for teaching EFL to juniors.

(Online Courses that are not externally validated by a reputable examination body, a university or a recognised examination board are not regarded as acceptable qualifications.)

Ideally, applicants will have experience with the 10-18 age-range in residential situations. An interest in participating in the corporate life of the Course is appreciated.

As there is responsibility for and substantial access to children, we run DBS checks. 

About us

Vacational Studies Courses have run for 48 years. Most students come to us on recommendation from parents whose children have already been with us or who are the children of children who were with us in the '70s and '80s.

We are accredited

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