The British School in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Position Type: Teacher

Contract Type: Full time

School: Primary

Campus: Shibuya and Showa campuses

Apply by: 2020-02-28

Job Start: August 2020

Deputy Head Teacher of the Primary School - (Nursery to Year 2)


Main Purpose of the role


The Deputy Head of Primary works collaboratively with the Head of Primary and other senior leaders to achieve the highest possible standards, securing improvements and success for the school. As such the post holder has responsibility for learning and teaching and the pastoral welfare of students from Nursery to Year 2. In so doing the Deputy Head leads defined year group, teaching and curriculum teams. The post holder also works with senior leaders in other phases of the school as part of the whole school Extended Leadership Team. The post holder deputizes for the Head of Primary when necessary on one of the school’s two Primary campuses.


Personal Specifications:


  • A degree and professional teaching qualification is essential; a higher degree desirable. 
  • Experience of senior or middle leadership, ideally in an international environment.
  • Experience of successful pedagogical leadership and curriculum development.
  • A clear vision for learning and teaching.
  • Awareness of international best practices in education - Reggio Emilia and Forest Schools approach in particular.
  • A significant understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
  • Committed to fostering an inclusive approach to education.
  • A desire to contribute to a challenging and rewarding environment.
  • A creative and innovative thinker.
  • A highly visible and approachable leader who is able to inspire a strong sense of trust and partnership.
  • Rich knowledge of student wellbeing and personal and social education.
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills.
  • Experience with Child Protection and Safeguarding practices.


Professional responsibilities


Strategic direction and development of the school – to:


  • Support the school’s mission, purpose and aims.
  • Consistently champion and uphold the school’s values.
  • Develop a shared strategic plan for the Primary School with the Primary Leadership Team.
  • Contribute to the articulation of a shared vision for high-quality learning in the Primary School.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the whole school Extended Leadership Team to ensure a one school approach and ethos.


Leading teaching and learning – to:


  • Promote a shared vision for excellence in teaching and learning. 
  • Lead pedagogical change and development.
  • Develop teachers’ professional knowledge and skills.
  • Ensure professional learning through collaboration and self- evaluation.
  • Contribute to external and internal school evaluation processes.
  • Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how students learn best.
  • Contribute to curriculum development across the Primary School.
  • Teach a timetable as determined by the Head of Primary and Principal as required.


Leading staff and building teams: - to:


  • Lead and develop effective staff development opportunities throughout the year.
  • Develop and support effective teams and ensure implementation of team action plans and the Primary School development plan.
  • Develop teachers’ effective use of data to support learning and wellbeing.
  • Review the planning of class and specialist teachers.
  • Line leadership of designated Year Leaders and Subject Leaders.
  • Oversee the pastoral welfare of students in Nursery to Year 2.


Deployment of staff and resources – to:


  • Contribute to the recruitment and deployment of Primary School staff of the highest calibre.
  • In consultation with the Head of Primary, deploy staff and resources effectively in line with the Primary School’s development plan.
  • Ensure the cohesion of the two campuses.
  • Monitor the school’s Performance Development Process for staff in designated teaching teams. 
  • Liaising with Head of Primary and other senior leaders in the production of the Primary School timetable.


Managing the Organisation – to:


  • Develop action plans with teams.
  • Ensure that equal opportunities for students and staff are effectively promoted.
  • Work with Senior Leaders to ensure all school safeguarding policies and practices are up-to-date.
  • Ensure effective Year Group and Subject Team communication and coordination.
  • To contribute to and work with the Principal and Heads of Schools to develop the induction programme for new staff. 
  • Work closely with Admissions and Communications teams to keep a high standing of the school. 
  • Contribute to parent information sessions and community events to raise awareness and promote the school.


Strengthening Community – to:


  • Oversee ECA and other Club Coordinators in the designated year groups.
  • Liaise with parents on student transfer and admissions arrangements.
  • Strengthen partnerships with other schools and local services.
  • Contribute to policies and practices which promote equality of opportunity and tackle prejudice and discrimination.
  • Promote and model good relationships with parents.
  • Attend School Advisory Committee Meetings and Board of Trustees when necessary.
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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.

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2. Availability

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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.