The British School in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Position Type: Teaching Assistant

Contract Type: Full Time

School: Primary School

Campus: Shibuya

Apply by: 2019-05-31

Job Start: August 2019


Responsible to: The Head of Primary School


Job purpose: Under the direction and control of the classroom teacher or line manager, to provide support and assist teachers in the development and education of children at BST, by undertaking tasks related to classroom activities and providing supervision and care skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support for children

  • To assist through supervision of children inside and outside the classroom including in the playgrounds, sibling pick up, whilst eating lunch/snack or on visits outside the school premises.
  • To provide simple first aid, when necessary, and take all reasonable measures to ensure health and safety in the classroom and other relevant areas within and outside the school premises.
  • To provide care, attend to children's personal needs and undertake activities necessary to meet the physical, emotional and educational requirements of individual or groups of children, utilising a basic range of skills, with a need for only limited experience and under close supervision from teaching staff.
  • To assist in supervising the activities of groups of children or individual children, in order to ensure their safety, facilitate their educational development and develop a supportive and caring relationship.

2. Support for teachers

  • To undertake other relevant duties allocated at the discretion of the classroom teacher, Head of Primary or other designated supervisor.
  • To maintain records of children's progress as instructed by the classroom teacher or other designated supervisor, with limited input to only the monitoring and reviewing of work programmes.

To undertake the following roles:

  • Record-keeping and filing
  • Classroom display - teachers will make professional decisions in determining what material is displayed in and around the classroom
  • Collating child reports
  • Preparing and maintaining equipment and materials

3. Support for the school

  • To observe children as individuals and in groups and report progress and problems to the classroom teacher or other designated person.
  • To prepare and operate computers and other equipment and undertake any other simple practical tasks on equipment used as teaching aids.
  • To prepare display materials and teaching aids, undertake simple maintenance and repair, and clean and tidy up after use.

4. Support for the curriculum

  • To assist in the delivery of educational work programmes by undertaking individual, predetermined learning activities, in order to further the educational development of children
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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.