St. Michael's International School

Kobe, Japan

Position Type: Primary Class Teacher

Contract Type: Full-time

Campus: Kobe

Apply by: January 06, 2023

Job Start: August 2023

Primary Class Teacher

Are you an inspirational teacher looking to join a well-established, family-friendly primary school and be part of a successful and highly skilled team? St. Michael’s International School welcomes applications from enthusiastic and reflective professionals with a passion for teaching and learning who are looking to thrive in a supportive, international learning environment.  
The successful candidate will be experienced in delivering the National Curriculum of England  for Mathematics and English and familiar with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC.)  You will be an excellent communicator and strong team player, who gets on well with colleagues, students and parents. Amongst other things, you will be confident in using technology to maximise learning, be well organised, have a good sense of humour and want the learners in your care to be the best they can be. You should have at least two years experience in a UK or British International School. Candidates should demonstrate that they have undergone child protection and safeguarding training within the last two years.

A close knit team, proud of the achievements of our young people, we support our learners to become confident, caring, global citizens.  With 160 learners from Nursery to Year 6, serving families representing 23 nationalities, the language of instruction and shared playground language is English. The only accredited British curriculum school in Western Japan, the excellent reputation of our school is well established both at home and abroad, spanning a period of more than 75 years. Come and join us!

How to Apply

St. Michael’s International School uses an online recruitment system designed to streamline the application process for candidates and to ensure that we handle candidate’s data with care and privacy. Application details will only be viewed by the recruitment panel for the purposes of making an appointment.  Our Safer Recruitment Policy is available in the Links. 

Application requirements

  • - Letter of motivation outlining why you want to join the team at St. Michael's International School. Please include your educational philosophy and teaching strengths as well as your professional goals. 
  • - An up to date CV and recent photograph
  • - Online application form, available on this page below
  • - Contact details of two professional referees, one of whom should be your current Head of School.
  • - All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers. The successful candidate will be asked to provide identity verification, original copies of professional qualifications and an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and barring Service) check or national equivalent (criminal record check.) 

Recruitment Process

  • - Closing date is Friday 6 January 2023, 16:00 JST. 
  • - Each applicant will receive an email response confirming their application. 
  • - Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Friday 13th January 2023
  • - Selection activities including a Zoom interview are scheduled to place by 22 January 2023 
  • - St. Michael’s International School reserves the right to make an early appointment should we receive an exceptional application.  We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Applicants for teaching positions should hold a UK teaching qualification with Qualified Teacher Status or an international equivalent. Applicants should have at least two (2) years teaching experience in a UK or British International School. Applicants with IEYC/IPC experience will be at an advantage.

St. Michael’s International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults.  Please read our safeguarding information before making your application.


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Application Form

Section 1

1. Personal Details

2. 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 Yen
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.