The British School in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Position Type: Teaching Assistant

Contract Type: Full time (part time considered)

School: Secondary

Campus: Showa

Apply by: 2020-07-03

Job Start: August 2020


Science Technician/Laboratory Assistant


Job Title: Science Technician/Laboratory Assistant

Reporting to: Faculty Leader for Science


Support the practical and technical aspects of the Science curriculum by preparing, providing, maintaining, organising and managing the resources required for healthy, safe and secure, exciting practical activities to be carried out by staff and students. This post is one of two laboratory assistants in the Secondary School. A Part-Time appointment may be considered although applications for a Full-Time would be advantageous.


Key Areas of Responsibility


Logistics and Preparation


  • Delivering equipment to laboratories and collecting, checking and returning equipment to stores.
  • Taking care of laboratory equipment and apparatus, including maintenance and repair. 
  • General laboratory cleaning (bench surfaces and fixed equipment including sinks).
  • Organising, storing and stocktaking and ordering of chemicals and equipment.
  • Disposing of waste materials.
  • Making up solutions.
  • Constructing, modifying and assembling apparatus.


Health and Safety


  • Carrying out risk assessments for technician activities.
  • Keeping up to date with health & safety requirements.
  • Carrying out health & safety checks on laboratories, prep rooms and stores.
  • Carrying out safety checks, which may include electrical equipment, fume cupboards, first-aid kits, pressure vessels and the condition of Bunsen burner tubing, eye protection, glassware, and chemicals that deteriorate.
  • Attend and contribute to regular training and assessment as required.


Teaching and Learning


  • Photocopying and laminating teaching resources required by Science teaching staff.
  • Ensuring all teaching and practical resources required by teaching staff are delivered on time with the correct numbers.
  • Discussing and trialling practical activities with teachers if necessary.
  • Providing technical support to experienced and trainee teachers including health & safety guidance.
  • Providing technical support to students, including health & safety guidance.
  • Assisting in practical classes.
  • Carrying out and maintaining a high standard of display in the Science department.
  • Other roles and responsibilities –


The scope of these can be discussed with the successful candidate and some of them may be optional


  • Ensuring the delivery of practical and teaching resources for extra-curricular activities such as field trips and science clubs.
  • Participating in department meetings.
  • Participating in department and whole school trips, including residential trips.
  • To act as a Co-Tutor as part of our Vertical Tutoring pastoral system.


Other reasonable requests made by the Subject Leader for Science and Senior Leadership Team of the Secondary School

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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.