St. Michael's International School

Kobe, Japan

Position Type: Teaching Assistant

Contract Type: Full-time

Campus: Kobe

Apply by: January 31, 2020

Job Start: 30th March 2020 or earlier

JOB DESCRIPTION - Teaching and Learning Assistant (ELL)

RESPONSIBLE TO: The Head of School, LES Coordinator

Applicants for a teaching assistant position should be fluent English speakers, a high proficiency of written English is also required. Experience of working with children will be an advantage, as will holding an English language teaching certification e.g. TESOL, CELTA. Work visa requirements mean that non Japanese applicants should hold a degree.

Please read the Teaching Assistant Recruitment Information & FAQs in the Links box for further details. 


- Support children identified as beginning or developing their English language learning.

- Work in partnership with staff to promote the well being of ELL children and to ensure that the language learning needs of this group of students are met.

Specific Responsibilities: The Role of the ELL Teaching Assistant is divided into five areas:

Standard 1: Professional Attributes contributing to the School as a whole:

- Support and promote school policies and school values

- Be a professional role model for colleagues and students

- Develop and maintain positive, professional working relationships with colleagues

- Provide effective, collaborative support for colleagues

- Be flexible and adaptable as required

- Liaise effectively but professionally with parents

- Promote a positive image of SMIS both within and outside school

- Review and develop your own professional practice


Standard 2: Professional Knowledge contributing to the school as a whole

- Actively seek and engage with professional development

- Understand the key factors that affect children’s language learning and progress

- Understand the objectives, content and intended outcomes for the learning activities you are involved in

- Promote positive attitudes to language learning

- Know how to use ICT effectively to support professional duties


Standard 3: Supporting the overall learning process

- Assist in preparing and maintaining a positive learning environment

- Contribute to planning and evaluation of lessons

- Observe and report on ELL pupil performance

- Identify gaps in learning which hinder pupil progress

- Provide feedback to the teacher on language learning

- Support the assessment and reporting of the development of ELL students in collaboration with class teachers and others where appropriate.

- Prepare, maintain and organise ELL resources


Standard 4: Supporting learning through targeted intervention

- Confident to deliver ELL activities and  lessons to individuals or small groups under the guidance of other professionals

- Support ELL pupil’s access to the curriculum through restructuring and rephrasing the teacher’s instruction

- Use appropriate questioning techniques to extend and support learning or clear up misconceptions

- Provide for or direct students to select the most suitable scaffolds or support materials to enhance learning

- Collaborate with class teachers to help ensure that ELL pupils receive the most appropriate support and resources in the classroom.

- Model and explain appropriate language and vocabulary 

- Use positive language, encouragement and specific praise where relevant


Standard 5: Supporting the pastoral development of pupils:

- Help with the care and support of all pupils within the school

- Support pupils in developing positive relations with others

- Contribute to pupil development of self reliance and self esteem

- Promote pupil’s social and emotional development

- Support new ELL students in adjusting to the SMIS setting

- Promote effective communication amongst peers and with adults

- Promote independence rather than over reliance on adult help

- Ensure pupils are maintaining school expectations supported through school values

- Uphold safeguarding and child protection procedures within school


Other Duties and Responsibilities:

Any other reasonable duties/responsibilities that the Head of School may from time to time ask the post holder to perform.

St. Michael’s International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults.

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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


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) or your national equivalent. You will be required to provide a range of more than one piece of documentary evidence of your identity.

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