The British School in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Position Type: Teacher

Contract Type: Part-time

School: Primary

Campus: Showa

Apply by: 2019-03-22

Job Start: April 2019

Job Title:               Primary School Counsellor

Reporting to:       Deputy Head of Primary School


Key Responsibilities


  • To provide an independent and confidential counselling service to students through individual sessions, responding to their personal, social, emotional or educational concerns. Confidentiality will be maintained except in those circumstances, in line with BACP practice or equivalent, where this should be breached.
  • To develop bespoke workshop programmes for groups and cohorts of children to support their emotional wellbeing and to arrange and deliver relevant training for staff as and when needs are identified.
  • To promote a caring and supportive environment where such concerns may be explored, thereby promoting the mental and emotional health at BST.
  • To uphold best practice as described by the BACP ethical guidelines or equivalent, including to ensure that they are properly and regularly supervised.
  • To take responsibility for personal professional development, keeping up-to-date with research and developments.
  • To make referrals where appropriate and, with the parents’ consent, to other agencies. To support and advice on the transition between school counselling and external counselling
  • To maintain appropriate records and to keep these secure and to accurately and appropriately uses assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counselling services
  • To consult and collaborate effectively with other professionals and parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs
  • To play an active and significant role in Safeguarding children and adhere to the school’s safeguarding guidance, as required by the BACP or equivalent.
  • To continually review and evaluate the service in partnership with SLT and the wider multidisciplinary inclusion and wellbeing team.
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Application Form

Section 1

1. Personal Details

2. Teaching Qualifications

3. Education

Include (Most recent first): Schools (O Level/GCSE and A-level or equivalent); College/University; Teaching Qualification; Graduate Degree/NPQ Qualification

Institution Name Grades/Results Dates Action

Section 2

1. Current Employment Details

Current employer name*
Current employer postal address*
Current employer country
Current employer website
Current post held
Annual gross salary in GBP
If teaching overseas, annual gross salary in local currency
Other benefits
Type of school
Number of students on roll
Date appointed (YYYY-MM-DD)

2. Previous Teaching / Employment Experience (most recent first)

Type of School Country Name of School/Company Post Held Number on Roll Dates Action

3. Personal interests, including extracurricular activities

4. Details of any significant illness during last 3 years, including days off sick in last 12 months


1. Referees

One referee must be your current Head of School / employer.

School Name / Company Name*
Professional relation to you*
May we take this reference now?*
School Name / Company Name*
Professional relation to you*
May we take this reference now?*

2. Availability

Please indicate any dates you are not available for interview


This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 because it is a post which involves working directly with children or young people. You are therefore required to declare whether you have any criminal convictions (or cautions or bind-overs) including those which are “spent”. The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers , and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website:

Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) – or equivalent in other countries in which you have lived? If yes please give details here.

Are you included in any list of people barred from working with children by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or the NCTL (National College of Teaching and Leadership) – or equivalent in other countries in which you have lived? If yes please give details here.

Do you consider yourself disabled? (The Disability Discrimination Act says that this would be “a substantial or long term physical or mental impairment or health issue which could adversely affect your ability to carry on normal day to day activity”) If yes, please state the nature of your disability.

Visa Status and validity period (if currently in Japan)

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Please Note

  • If your application is successful, prior to taking up your post, you will be required to undergo a Formal Disclosure process through the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB). This will require you to complete a separate DBS application form and to provide a range of more than one piece of documentary evidence of your identity.
  • Although a criminal record involving offences against children is likely to debar you from appointment of this type of post, the existence of other criminal convictions will not necessarily be a bar to employment.
  • Any criminal record information arising out of the disclosure process will be discussed with you before any final decision is made about your employment.

Only complete applications, including all the documents listed above, will be considered. It should be understood that nothing in this form constitutes a contract.