The British School in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Position Type: Teacher

Contract Type: Full time

School: Primary

Campus: Shibuya and Showa campuses

Apply by: 2020-01-24

Job Start: As soon as possible

Status of the post

This is a specialist teacher role within the school’s staffing structure. The post holder is accountable to the Japanese Coordinator and the Head of Primary and will work across both Shibuya and Showa sites. The post is initially for 2 terms (to July 2020) with the potential to extend further.


Professional Responsibilities

The post holder will be required to exercise her/his professional skills and judgement to carry out, in a collaborative manner, the professional duties set out below:-


1. Development of the school


  • To support the vision, positive ethos and policies of the whole school and raise standards of the teaching, learning and attainment of pupils from Nursery to Year 6 in Japanese education.
  • To support the creation and implementation of the Primary School’s Improvement Plan related to Japanese.
  • To work with the Japanese team in achieving the priorities and targets which the school sets for itself in implementing innovative schemes of work.
  • To support the evaluation of the effectiveness of the school’s policies and developments in Japanese.
  • To keep abreast of educational developments in line with the needs of the school.


2. Teaching and Learning


  • To be an exemplary teacher, clearly demonstrating effective planning, teaching and organisation, and high standards of achievement and behaviour in Japanese lessons.
  • To Teach with pace, clarity and ensure all children are interested and engaged in their learning
  • To ensure a high focus is placed on all four areas of language learning – reading, writing, speaking and listening, including the learning and use of hiragana, katakana and kanji.
  • To be responsible for the development and on-going review of the primary school’s Japanese curriculum and related schemes of work.
  • To differentiate learning and teaching to meet the needs of all leaners
  • To plan effectively with the team to ensure clear paths of progress through each unit and over the year
  • To provide high quality written and verbal feedback to pupils as formative assessment to engage and extend their learning
  • To support the development of the Primary School’s Japanese summative assessment procedures in liaison with class teachers.
  • To work effectively with the Primary Japanese team on the Showa and Shibuya site, to ensure that there is progression and continuity between Y3 and Y4.
  • To liaise with the Japanese Coordinator with regard to the booking and timetabling of facilities, to keep class teachers fully informed of venue changes and when necessary.


3. Management


  • To inform and manage TAs in support roles in Japanese lessons.
  • To work closely with the Japanese team to secure and maintain excellent communication and high standards within the department.


4. Other Specific Responsibilities


  • To participate in professional development activities
  • In liaison with the Japanese Coordinator, Year Leaders and class teachers, support a programme of language exchanges to enhance the language skills of all pupils.
  • To offer a variety of extra-curricular Japanese language opportunities including kana, kanji, culture, reading and writing.
  • To maintain and develop links with parents, other schools, educational institutions and the wider community, including business and industry in order to enhance teaching, learning and personal development opportunities for the Japanese education of all the pupils.
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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)
Reason for leaving

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

Country Name of School/Company Post Held Number on Roll Reason for leaving 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. The remaining two must be from a position you have held within the past 6 years.

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?*
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.

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Please Note

  • Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.
  • 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.