Do I need a work permit to work in the UK?
In 2008 the Government introduced new visa rules and The UK now operates a points based entry system. Unfortunately Stafford House is not a visa sponsor and as such we are no longer able to accept applications from non-EU citizens who do not hold exemption from the points based entry system.
We are also unable to obtain work permits for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals who are not exempt from the accession worker card scheme.
UK Border Agency website for more information.
I am not available for the whole duration of the summer, can I still apply?
We welcome applications from applicants who are not available
for the whole summer. Our contract lengths vary from 2 weeks to 6 weeks.
Most of the short contracts are available
in July. Unfortunately we are unable to
offer contracts to those only available in August.
How long do contracts last?
majority of contracts are 2-6 weeks long. This can vary
according to the centre and there is a possibility for contracts
to be extended during the summer.
Will I have to move centres?
House Study Holidays endeavours to keep staff at their
original centre. However, due to circumstances beyond our
control, we may require staff to move to another centre. Travel costs for any last minute changes to centres would be covered.
I am newly qualified; can I still apply for a teaching position?
Yes, we welcome applications from teachers with little or no experience.
SHSH offers a strong support system for teachers. Each centre
has an experienced Director of Studies and at least one senior
teacher to help and advise on all aspects of teaching, including
lesson planning. Furthermore, they will hold teacher
development sessions which will reflect the needs of all of
would also do what is called 'pair teaching' where you would
be partnered with a more experienced teacher who can give
advice and support. There are two teaching periods in every session and you would swap classes in the second period.
Finally, we have a tried and tested syllabus which you would follow. This means that you would not need to think up or create
any lessons; rather you would be spending time on making
the lesson relevant to your students and this reduces the
need for lengthy lesson planning.
For an example of the syllabus, click here.
Do I need to complete an application form?
All sections must be completed in full (including a full
employment history, with gaps in employment accounted for
e.g. unemployment) . CVs can be sent in addition to an application
form, but are not acceptable on their own.
For a full run-down of
the application process click
Who can I put down as referees?
We will need the details of at least two professional referees,
preferably those who can be contacted with regard to your
suitability to work with children. One of them should be
your current or most recent employer or college tutor. We are
unable to accept character references, or references from
friends or family.
We will need their full contact details - first name and
surname, organisation, address, telephone number, and email address (professional wherever possible).
It is possible that we will contact referees prior to your
interview; please make sure they are aware we have their
details. For a full run-down of
the application process click here
What happens once you have received my application?
you are successful we will contact you either by phone or
email, within fourteen days of receiving your application. Interviews
are usually conducted by telephone and last approximately
20-30 mins. They normally take place from February - June. If you do
not hear from us within this time, please assume that on this occasion
your application has been unsuccessful. We
will also arrange some interviews in London for management
positions - dates to be announced. For a full run-down of
the application process click
What happens if I am successful?
will be sent a pack containing a contract and joining information.
employment offers are subject to the receipt of satisfactory
references however, and a contract is issued subject to
this. When you return your signed contract, please include
copies of all certificates (e.g. lifesaving, first aid, evidence of right to work in the UK ,
teaching, degree, CRB/DBS, COGC).
first date on your contract will be an induction day at
the centre. You are expected to arrive by 10:00am on your start date. Contact details and directions to the centre
will be posted on our website in May.
For a full run-down of
the application process click here
What happens on Induction Day?
For non-management staff: The induction day will start at 10:00am, and will be
divided into several sections. Each member of staff will be given a general induction, which
will provide an overview of the proceedings, cover health and safety issues and financial
After this, staff will be briefed on their specific roles, duties
and requirements in a job-specific induction. Lastly, a
site tour will be provided, and you will have an opportunity
to familiarise yourself with locations.
For management staff
Management staff will be required to attend the Management Training Weekend, set for the 22nd and 23rd of June in 2013, where full training will be given. We will assist with travel costs and details of the maximum amount we will cover will be stated on the invitation.
Full board and accommodation will be provided.
For further information about induction
day, see our page on starting
work for Stafford House
Are there any benefits for returning staff?
Staff who return to Stafford House Study Holidays for their second or subsequent summer are
eligible for a loyalty bonus, as we anticipate that returning members of staff will
share their knowledge with new colleagues. Staff who worked for us in the previous
year complete a brief, fast track application form and there is no formal interview
How/when will I be paid?
SHSH employees are
paid either into a UK bank account (this can be your
own account or you can nominate someone else's UK bank account)
or by named cheque only. We can pay by international bank transfer
if you pay the cost yourself. We do not pay in cash.
Our payroll is two weekly and holiday pay is paid in your
final payroll of the summer.
Information on which tax form you should complete will be provided in your contract pack.
I don't have a UK bank account. What can I do?
It is possible to open a bank account if you aren't a UK resident,
but not all banks will do it - it's worth approaching several
banks to find out what they will do. If they will let you
open an account, you will need your passport/ID card and a
proof of UK address, for which we can supply a letter. Once
you've opened a bank account, you will probably be able to
leave it open when you leave the country, so that if you come
back you already have an account available.
If you don't have an account, please refer to 'How/when
will I be paid?'
I live abroad. What tax forms do I need to complete?
If you normally live abroad the correct tax form for you would be the P46, however as this forms part of your payroll information sheet (included with your contract pack), you don't need to complete a separate form. When you have finished your work with us you should complete a P85 and send it to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) along with parts 2 and 3 of your p45, which you will be issued with at the end of your employment.
These allow HMRC to work out your tax properly, and the p85 will start
the process of claiming back any tax refunds due to you.
The P46 information just tells the tax office if you have a National Insurance
number and provides a tax code. If you haven't got an NI number please don't worry.
Any tax forms you need can be downloaded from the HMRC website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk.
What are the rates of pay?
For non-management rates of pay
. For management salaries, please read the relevant job description.
How much holiday pay are we entitled to?
All staff accrue pro rata paid holiday during their period of employment. Unless
there are special circumstances agreed during the interview/appointment (e.g. Graduation
Days, Family Weddings, Interviews etc.), this holiday can only be taken at the end of the
contract and staff will be paid for unspent holiday at the end of their contract.
Holiday entitlement is set at 28 days per annum pro-rata.
What is included in residential positions?
Single rooms are provided for residential staff at the majority
of our centres. Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
is provided. Bed linen is provided at each centre but you
will need to bring your own towels.
Is parking available?
Parking is available at most sites but please check with Recruitment before bringing
What documents do I need to bring?
Teachers need to bring their original teaching certificates and degree
certificates with them to the centre, and all staff need to bring any other
relevant certificates (e.g.
first aid). All staff must have
their passports (showing valid work permit, if applicable). If no passport is available, alternative proof of right to work in the UK must be provided, as well as alternative photo ID. All staff with valid DBS/CRB checks and/or
COGC (with notarised translation) must bring the original copies of
these to the centre.
What course materials are available?
We have our own in-house workbooks for each level which focus on speaking, listening,
vocabulary and British culture. This is supplemented by activities from published
materials, as well as project work. We expect the syllabus to be followed, but there
is also the opportunity for you to personalise the lessons according to the studentsí
Teachers are welcome to bring their own materials to supplement the
existing syllabus, however this isn't necessary as each centre has its own extensive library of published resource books which you
A wide range of teaching materials is also provided at each
centre, ranging from pens, markers and paper to CD
What is a DBS check and how do I get one?
A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check (formerly a CRB check) is a document that allows employers
to identify candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially work that
involves children or vulnerable adults. A DBS enhanced check
will be sought for every member of the management team, and Welfare team, as well as
every staff member who works at a centre where we run our Arsenal Soccer
Schools programme. Non-management staff will be notified if they have been selected for
Enhanced Disclosure. We will pay the costs for this.
For staff working in our Scottish centres, it is a mandatory requirement that
you become a member of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme. This is very similar to a DBS check, but will assess you against the Scottish police register.
Because of the sensitive nature of the duties that successful applicants will be
expected to undertake, all successful applicants will be required to complete a
confidential declaration to include details of any criminal convictions, cautions,
reprimands, final warnings and any other information that may have a bearing on their
suitability for the post.
What is a Certificate of Good Conduct? (COGC)
If we ask you to complete a DBS check or become a member of the Scottish PVG scheme, but you have been living outside of the UK for the past six months, you must also obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct to supplement your check or membership record. A clear COGC will demonstate that you have not had any criminal convictions in your locality.
A COGC can be obtained from
your local municipal authority (i.e. Town Hall, Embassy
or Police) where you are registered in the Municipal Personal
Records Database. We would also require a certified translation
A COGC from your local authority may be known by another name, such as a Certificate of Clearance or Certificate of No Criminal Conviction.
Should you require further information click here
Are travel costs to the centre covered?
We are unable to cover initial travel costs for any members of
staff. If we have to move someone to another centre during
their contract, then these costs will of course be covered.
However, if we offer any contract extensions at alternative
centres, the cost of travelling would not be reimbursed.
Is there a dress code?
As you are in a position of responsibility for the care and
education of minors we expect you to use your common sense
in your choice of attire. Torn jeans, shorts or revealing
clothing are unacceptable. Company T-Shirts must be worn
on all transfers and excursions. For further information please see the staff handbook.
Do I need to be a good sports player and know all the
rules of the game?
No, many of our students are more interested in participating in games, arts
and crafts, quizzes and drama, than football or tennis. We are looking for staff
who show a willingness to learn, participate enthusiastically and lead
responsibly (we supply a manual for the set up and rules of most games) rather
than proficient sports players, though we welcome applicants with a recognised
coaching certificate, for which an increment is payable.
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