Bucksmore provides academic short courses to students aged 10-18 that have been modelled on American summer camps; with ‘Counsellors’ who live with students, teach lessons and lead excursions and activities, providing a higher level of pastoral care, guidance, and friendship – giving students more than just ‘teachers’ and ‘activity leaders’ at a summer school.
Recognising that high-achieving and well-motivated individual students wanted more from a UK summer school than just English language, excursions and afternoon activities, we have developed more challenging courses such as EFL based Young Leaders and the subject based courses Young Professionals, University Preparation and Advanced Studies. In 2019 Bucksmore were proud to have been awarded the PIEoneer ‘Language Educator of the Year’ award showcasing our commitment to innovation and student involvement.
With over 40 years of experience to perfect and improve the quality of our prestigious summer schools, we are proud of the academic short courses we offer. It is our goal for each one of our courses to be the best course that our students have ever attended. We welcome over 75 different student nationalities every year across our courses and ensure there is always a good mix of students on our courses.
Bucksmore EFL Counsellors play an essential part in the delivery of our EFL academic programme as well as the activities programme ensuring that students who attend our programmes have an unforgettable educational experience in a safe, caring environment. Engaging with students in all aspects of a course ensures that both students and staff make the most out of their time on a summer course.
This list summarises the key tasks of the role and is not a definitive list of all the tasks to be undertaken as those can be varied from time to time at the discretion of the Centre Manager or Operations Manager and Head Office Team. Bucksmore will exercise this right reasonably.
Teaching and Academic Duties:
- Teach between 15-25 hours of English per week depending on the Bucksmore programme
- Prepare & deliver lessons with the aim of achieving the objectives & outcomes of the syllabus
- Make every effort to create a positive learning environment so that students are able to participate purposefully throughout the lessons
- Encourage student participation through a positive and enthusiastic manner in all class room activities
- Employ teaching techniques appropriate to the level and needs of each student
- Effectively manage students and their behaviour in the classroom
- Arrive in good time for lessons to ensure all materials and equipment are in place before lessons start
- Maintain class registers and work records on a daily basis
- Administer and mark course assessment tasks
- Complete end of course student certificates and reports
- Assist the Director of Studies with student testing and placement
- Assist in the effective running of the language programme as directed by the Director of Studies
- Agree to be observed by the Director of Studies or the Head Office Academic Manager as appropriate
- Organise and implement a wide range of afternoon and evening activities as directed by the Activity Manager
- Promote the activity programme and ensure maximum student participation
- Participate, lead and supervise during activities
- Take responsibility, or joint responsibility, on off-site excursions and on-site activities
- Guide and supervise students on excursions and trips
- Assist with airport transfers and meet students on arrival
- Assist with student check in on airport transfer departures
- Supervise students during meal times as per the weekly staff rota
- Assist with wake up and bedtime duties as per the weekly staff rota
- Respond to general emergencies at all times
- Maintain proper levels of student discipline, safety and welfare
- Prepare any necessary materials required for workshops if required
- Play an important role in the safeguarding and welfare of the students, assisting in providing 24/7 pastoral care