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Letter from the UK

  I left Japan on March 7th, spent the night in London and the weekend at my sister’s converted church in Cambridgeshire. I visited the local library.     Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I was at the London Book Fair. Of course, a new outfit is necessary every year. I walked over 20,000 steps and […]

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In my budget presentation and recent articles I talked about being able to take time off. I’m currently away in England for two weeks attending the London Book Fair and visiting family. It’s great to be able do that at the busiest time of the year and know my business will take care of itself – […]

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The answer to this question may seem obvious. I teach English.   But what exactly does that mean?   Allow me to illustrate with some famous examples.   In 1900 the CEO of Cunard probably would have answered the same question by saying he was in the trans-Atlantic shipping business. He would have been wrong. […]

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To introduce the new media section of the blog, we are including a video of a presentation I gave to the JALT SO SIG in January 2018. It is about budgets, using your time well and profitability. Will be uploading more videos and podcasts soon. If there is anything you would like us to cover, […]

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The first budget article really seems to have struck a chord. Either because people like the Beatles, or they realise they are working too many hours and not spending enough time with the people they love.   It’s easily done.   I can’t stress this enough – get an accountant, do a budget, have monthly meetings, […]

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To run a school as a business is to make a profit. This only makes sense. While spending time to get right all the things that contribute to that, the curriculum, the staff, the systems, the marketing, et cetera, and focusing on the net result, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger things that […]

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When staff leave we always do exit interviews. I’m sure we never get a 100% accurate picture, as people may be reluctant to give their true feelings face-to-face, but we learn a lot.   I always begin interviews by telling people I want their honest opinion, whether I like it or not. What they say, […]

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Once teachers are employed, they then have to be managed. At Modern English, we provide a structure under which teachers can work, but also give them freedom to implement their own ideas. This comes in the form of a curriculum and admin system that take a lot of the duller tasks – admin, lesson planning, […]

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Training can be a huge headache for small schools. It is great if the teacher you have just recruited has several years’ classroom experience and a TEFL certificate of some kind, though be sure to check they are actually familiar with everything their course or previous training covered. They should also know their grammar, and […]

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Recruitment is defined by BusinessDictionary.com as: The process of finding and hiring the best-qualified candidate for a job opening; it includes analyzing the requirements of a job, attracting employees to that job, screening and selecting applicants, hiring, and integrating the new employee to the organization.   For us, more simply, that means getting the right […]

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