Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We take huge pride in building our staff teams, ensuring a culture of wellbeing and support that allows us to recruit staff that often return year after year. For all staff, we provide comprehensive induction training, ongoing support and CPD opportunities, and industry leading pay rates.

Our staff returner rate is exceptional, 83% of our management team last summer had worked for us previously. This positive environment, along with providing significant training, ensures that our Summer School Management and Head Office  staff are best placed to support our Summer School Staff and create a positive and mutually beneficial working environment.

SBC gives you an opportunity to be a part of an incredible international environment while earning fair pay (we are one of the highest paying summer school providers in the UK) and gaining excellent professional experience and contacts.

In 2018, The British Council awarded SBC the maximum number of Strengths in the 15 areas it assesses. As a result, SBC became the first and only multicentre summer school provider to be awarded 15 out of 15 areas of strength in a full inspection, thereby confirming us as one of the foremost course providers in the UK.

All members of staff employed by SBC will be expected to bring certain key qualities to the role. There must of course be demonstrable interest in working with young people, preferably in an international environment.

Safety and welfare of the students is of paramount importance. A good understanding of this and an ability to practical enforcing this belief should be a quality exhibited by all staff who work for us.

We look for staff to be:

  • Approachable
  • Emphatic to the needs of students
  • Enthusiastic
  • Engaging
  • Diplomatic
  • Responsible
  • Motivated
  • Flexible within the summer school environment

It’s important to us that all staff communicate effectively with our students, using an appropriate level of language to suit the group.

We have a broad range of staff who come and work for us in one of our teaching positions or working as an Activity Leader, House Parent, Manager, College Mentor, College Tutor or indeed any of our roles.

Many of our teaching staff in particular work as teachers for the rest of the year, whether teaching English abroad, working in other EFL jobs or indeed in British based teaching positions. Many of our teachers are recommended to us by colleagues they teach English abroad with who are seeking summer camp jobs during their holiday period.

While we employ many people that work year-round teaching English as a Second Language, we also have many staff who have sought Oxford University jobs having previously undertaken summer camp work and either have been recommended our company or have simply found it online.

We also employ recent graduates or applicants who are still studying at university for our non-teaching roles. Many of our roles offer excellent summer jobs for students and as summer work for students, we can offer excellent rates of pay along with useful work experience when applying for jobs in the future.

It depends on your interests, experience, qualifications and strengths!

Click on this link to have a look at our available jobs for this summer.

We operate a “Right Person for the Right Role” policy. This means we hire staff that will be a great fit for our courses and create an amazing summer experience for our students. It is important that our staff have experience working with children, but occasionally, if we see an exceptional raw talent, we do employ people who are just beginning their journey into education and the EFL world.

In a word, YES!

Our summer school teachers spend time both teaching English and working on activities.  As a large part of the teaching role is spent engaging and leading students outside the classroom and in the Social Programme, it is important to us to employ teachers with an interest in engaging students both in and out of the classroom. All staff are also involved in the pastoral side of the school.

On pastoral care, House Parents oversee and attend to the day-to-day welfare needs of our students, but every member of the team will assist in supporting the wellbeing of our students.

Teachers and Activity Leaders are placed on House Duty each week to support and mirror the house parent in the pastoral duties of that day. We find that this more all-round approach to summer school gives us an inclusive atmosphere and helps build positive communities in a short space of time.

At SBC Oxford, Headington Oxford and SBC Canford, all General English and Summer Study teachers receive a full and detailed syllabus. The syllabus comprises lessons from both EFL course books and SBC’s own in-house teaching materials. These are both complimented by full lesson plans, as we wish to minimise the amount of planning and preparation which teachers do.

Teachers who teach afternoon Intensive English lessons twice a week are asked to prepare their own lessons from our resources library, so as to be tailored to the needs of the students in their class.

This extra preparation is reflected in an additional remuneration of £50 per week.

At Oxford College, each tutor receives full lesson plans for each lesson of the course. Oxford College Tutors receive their teaching booklets in advance of the summer.

At all sites, a full and comprehensive library of additional photocopiable materials are available to the teaching staff, so that they may supplement their lessons with additional material.

At SBC Oxford, Headington Oxford and SBC Canford, you will teach your class of students for 15 hours per week. This is made up of 3 hours of lessons per day, over 5 days per week. Some teachers will be given the opportunity to supplement this by teaching a further two afternoons of Intensive English.

At Oxford College, tutors teach their subject classes for 15 hours per week. This is also made up of 3 hours of lessons per day, over 5 days per week. College Tutors also teach 4 additional hours of University Preparation, a study-skills based course which takes place over two 2-hour afternoon sessions.


Each role at summer school has different requirements, you can read further details in Job Descriptions here.

We think it is important for our staff to feel fully prepared, supported and ready perform to the best of their abilities, all before our students arrive. For this reason, all staff complete Safeguarding Basic Awareness and Prevent Online Training, becoming qualified before arriving at the campus.

On arrival, each member of staff will undertake paid on-site training before the school is open to the students. Our staff training is three days long and includes job specific sessions, positive behaviour management, safeguarding and pastoral training, activities & excursion training and lots of team building. This ensures staff feel confident in their role and creates a strong team foundation for the summer. If you come to us as a House Parent or Manager, you will get additional first aid and role specific training.

During the summer we aim to offer beneficial CPD for all staff. This comes in the form of appraisals, lesson observations, opportunities for assisting with supervised teaching, teaching workshops, working with coaches, working closely with the Welfare Coordinator or Nurse or spending some time shadowing a role you are interested in. This is a great opportunity to gain experience which can be both personally and professionally beneficial.

Each member of staff will get one full day off each week. We cannot confirm which day this will be on before the start of the course, but any requests they can be given to management on arrival and will be considered as best as possible when issuing the weekly rota.

If you know before the summer that you need a particular day off, please do email recruitment@summerboardingcourses.co.uk and we will do our best to accommodate this!

If you are successful in applying for a job with us, you will receive a pre-summer information pack giving you all the information about arriving at our schools. As training begins at 9am on the day of your contract we ask staff to arrive the evening before to get an introduction to the school, meet their new colleagues, settle in and be ready for the training to start the next day.

Yes! Each of our schools has a laundry service for both staff and students. Some schools have access to washing machines whereas others have an external laundry service provided free to staff. This is through a large-scale laundry service and we would recommend leaving any valuable pieces of clothing out of the laundry.

If you are successful in your application and will be coming to one of our schools this summer, you will be living and working at one of our stunning campuses. Each of our five campuses has excellent living facilities and, in most cases, staff will have private rooms located in one of our beautiful boarding houses.

We supply everything our staff will need for the course of our summer schools. With free accommodation, uniform, full catering services and laundry service supplied to staff the only money you will need is what you might want to spend on your time off.

Each role during the summer has slightly different hours of work. Please have a look at our Work for Us page for more information on our specific working hours.

The typical day differs so much at summer school that no one day will be exactly like another. The standard summer school day consists of English lessons in the morning, activities in the afternoon and a whole-school event in the evening.

Other days can differ depending on whether you are working at a school or college: excursion days, arrival and departure days, external companies coming to provide activities such as zorbing or a planetarium, English Plus offsite activities, wet weather activities and of course which sessions you are working.

All our schools are able to cater to individual dietary requirements and we will be able to make sure your dietary requirements are met if you let our HR Team know in advance by emailing: recruitment@summerboardingcourses.co.uk  

A DBS Check (formally known as a CRB Check) is conducted by the Disclosure and Barring Service, which is the UK equivalent of a thorough Police Check. It helps to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, such as children.

At SBC, the welfare and safeguarding of our students is paramount so all staff are required to have a satisfactory Enhanced DBS with Barred List Check and, where applicable, Overseas Police Checks. This, along with two checkable professional references is necessary for all new staff to include on their Application Form. Returning staff will also need an additional reference each summer on their Fast Track Returner Application Form.

As long as you have the right to work in the United Kingdom before applying, we will welcome your application. Summer Boarding Courses prides itself on its inclusive atmosphere and our ability to bring together people from all corners of the world. The majority of staff are UK based, but we are proud to have welcomed staff from countries far afield including Australia, America, Czech Republic and South Africa to name a few. However, it is essential that you hold near native-level spoken and written English.

All EEA and Swiss nationals can enter and live in the UK without needing to apply for permission from the Home Office. For further details please visit the Home Office website here.

Because of the temporary nature of our summer school jobs, we cannot consider any applicants who do not possess the required visa status and/or work permit for the UK prior to applying.

Staff are paid weekly in arrears and all the Payroll information you need can be found on the Staff Noticeboard in the Summer School Office. Any further questions can be answered by the HR Team.