Do you want to spend the Summer playing sports, raft building, rock climbing and generally being a big kid? Do you want to meet people from around the world? Do you want to travel around UK cities and visit London, Cambridge, the Harry Potter Studio Tour and Stonehenge? Then apply to be an Activity Leader!
Brooke House College Summer School has been running for 40 years. Each Summer we welcome staff and students from around the world (39 nationalities in 2018) to Market Harborough. The students have lessons in the morning and in the afternoon, under the supervision of the Activity leaders, take parts in activities and excursions.
The Activities Programme is crucial for the success of the Summer School experience. A first-class programme gives students opportunities not only to learn new skills, develop their technique in sports and have fun, but also to form friendship bonds that can last well beyond the summer; as such, RALs are expected to create and participate in an environment that fosters team building, co-operation and inclusiveness.
The jobholder needs the skills and experience to balance students' fun with safety, whether that is during sports or activities sessions, excursions, supervising students' free time or being on duty in the accommodation. They need to be able to think quickly and to show common sense and attention to detail in a wide range of situations. Adaptability and flexibility are critical skills, as is a cheerful, positive and can-do attitude, which is a pre-requisite of the job.
It is absolutely crucial that RALs maintain appropriate boundaries between themselves and the students in their direct care and with whom they come into contact. This may be particularly challenging for RALs who are close in age to some of the students on the campus.
The working day is long, intense and often quite challenging (especially on excursion days, when RALS work up to a 14-hour shift), but it is also varied and fast-paced and of course, living and working with young people can be immensely rewarding.
RALs are residential so as to offer students a first class pastoral and welfare service; even when off duty, they must be willing to "leap into action" in case of any emergency that may arise, especially during the night.
Our goal is to give students an educational, culturally-enriching, enjoyable and memorable summer experience in a safe and supervised setting. We only employ those staff who are willing to accept this responsibility and who have the necessary wide-ranging skills, experience and commitment to help us achieve our goal of being the very best Summer School.
Under the direction of the Summer School Management Team, RALs are employed to lead and assist (including planning) with activities, excursions, airport duty and residential cover.
RALs should at all times have in mind their overriding duty to promote the safety and welfare of students, other staff and themselves. RALs should at all times follow the guidance and regulations as set out in the Summer School Staff Handbook and in specific instructions (including risk assessments) provided to all staff for all activities, excursions and airport duties.
Each Thursday, RALs will be presented with a timetable detailing the sessions which they are to take part in. On any given activity or excursion, RALs may be in charge of that activity or excursion or acting under the supervision and direction of another member of staff. Complete written and/or oral instructions will be provided for all off-site activities, excursions and airport duties (excursions – always written instructions).
RALs should actively seek opportunities to interact with students of all nationalities at all times when on duty. They should promote interaction between students within different nationality groups. Summer School should be a fun and friendly environment. RALs should encourage this through having a positive attitude and an enthusiastic and helpful manner.
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