Senior Teacher

£21,000, 12 month fixed term contract

Kaplan International Languages (KI Languages) - Mission Statement and Core Values 

Kaplan helps individuals achieve their educational and career goals. We build futures one success story at a time. Our core values of Integrity, Knowledge, Results, Support and Opportunity define our company culture and provide the framework for what we deliver to our customers and employees each day. We succeed when our students succeed. All Kaplan divisions, including Kaplan International Languages, share the same Mission and Values as our parent company, Kaplan, Inc. 


Location: The post is based in KI Languages Liverpool but may require occasional attendance at other sites within the UK or Ireland.  


Reports: This position reports to the Regional Director of Studies.  


Objective: The Senior Teacher supports the teaching team and assists the DoS in ensuring K+ programmes are delivered to the highest possible standard. They deliver well planned, engaging and successful lessons in line with the KI Languages Teaching Standards. They ensure all students have the best Kaplan Experience through top quality customer service. 





•To assist the Director of Studies with the overall management of the academic department  

•To monitor and develop teaching and learning resources to ensure that appropriate materials and supplementary materials are available according to the syllabus 

•To contribute to the development of KI Languages materials though trialling and feedback 

•To produce personalised 5 weekly reports on student progress 

•To promote independent learning via needs analysis, tutorials, support and reports 

•To write lesson plans as and when requested by the Director of Studies for example for twice yearly formal observations, inspections or professional development purposes 



•To plan, prepare and deliver lessons in accordance with the standards outlined in the KI Languages Teaching Standards 

•To conduct regular tutorials in accordance with the KI Languages Independent Learning policy  

•To set homework in line with school policy including exercises on K+ Online and ensure all homework is returned within 1 week 

•To teach a lesson bank of up to 21 hours per week plus additional cover where necessary 



•To assist the Director of Studies in the organisation and delivery of academic weekly duties such as testing administration and invigilation, inducting new students, stocktaking of resources, checking student reports, assisting with management of the study centre, monitoring and reporting on student attendance, issuing warnings and any other administrative processes that support the smooth running of the academic department 

•To process individual student reports 

•To keep accurate and up to date records of work including materials used in class 

•To complete the attendance portal within 10 minutes of each lesson starting (or returning from break) and report any absences according to school procedure 


Customer Service 

•To provide exceptional customer service to both internal and external customers at all times 

•To take part in the induction of new students, ensuring the induction is delivered with the customer journey in mind 

•To be helpful and courteous to students and their representatives  


Professional Development 

•To assist the Director of Studies in the creation and delivery of a CPD calendar for all teaching staff in line with the KI Languages Teachers' CPD Policy 

•To mentor newly recruited teaching staff and to instruct and support them in the academic and administrative processes of the school 

•To assist the Director of Studies in the observation of all teaching staff twice per year and conduct other observations as and when required 

•To have a good knowledge of the KI Languages Teacher Standards and refer to these for observation feedback, appraisals and other teaching related conversations 



•To have a good working knowledge and understanding of procedural documents and KI Languages policies relevant to the role 

•To be familiar with all British Council inspection criteria relevant to the department 

•All employees of Kaplan International Languages have a responsibility for data protection. They are obliged to undertake training and have a duty to adhere to our Data Protection policies 



•To deputise for the Director of Studies in their absence, as and when required 

•To answer the telephone in a prompt, polite manner and field calls appropriately   

•To attend biannual regional meetings 

•To attend the teachers’ meeting once per week and take minutes, if required 

•To be proactive about both your personal and professional development including attendance/completion of all compulsory training sessions and to actively participate in any training offered 

•To undertake other duties as deemed necessary by line manager 


Sales & Marketing 

•To develop a good knowledge of KI Languages courses and services in order to deal effectively with day-to-day queries from existing and prospective customers 



•To take part in the 24-hour emergency phone rota if required 

•All members of the school team are responsible for all aspects of our students safeguarding and welfare in conjunction with the wider school and company management teams. 


Qualifications (Essential)


•Bachelor’s degree 

•TEFLQ Status - For example via a DELTA or equivalent 


Qualifications (Desirable) 

•Qualified EFL examiner status (Cambridge/IELTS) 


Experience (Essential) 

•Experience in administration work (preferably in an ELT environment) 

•Experience in developing learner autonomy 

•Experience in effective student counselling and tutorials 

•Experience in teaching a variety of levels 

•Experience in teaching exam preparation and/or business classes 

•Experience in using IWB’s in the classroom 

•Experience in working in a customer-facing environment 

•3 years EFL teaching experience 


Experience (Desirable) 

•Experience in British Council inspections 

•Experience in conducting teacher observations 

•Experience in curriculum design 

•Experience in dealing with and solving complaints 

•Experience in recruitment 

•Experience in student assessment 

•Experience in teacher development 


Competencies (in alphabetical order) 

•Ability to deal with and resolve a high volume of queries efficiently 

•Ability to develop learner autonomy with students  

•Ability to find and present solutions to problems 

•Ability to motivate others to achieve goals 

•Ability to relate to and build rapport with international students 

•Ability to teach effectively, achieve results and inspire students to learn 

•Ability to use initiative and make decisions when required 

•Ability to work effectively on an individual basis and as a member of a team 

•Excellent communication skills 

•Excellent IT skills including MS Office 

•Excellent organisation skills and ability to multitask, manage conflicting priorities and meet deadlines 

•Exceptional customer service ethos 

•High level of patience and approachability 

•Knowledge of IWB programs and educational technology 

•Strong attention to detail and high level of data accuracy 


Please apply with a CV and covering letter. Closing date: 30th May 2022

Special Requirements 

The post holder will be required to have a DBS check 

Disclaimer and revision date 

This is a non-exhaustive list of the duties of the above role and the person specification of the job holder. The Company reserves the right to amend this document as the needs of the business require.  


Revision date for this job description: September 2022

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