Teaching Assistant/Substitute Teacher/After School Care Facilitator

Job Description

SECTION: Primary School
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Head of Primary / After School Activities Coordinator
CONTRACT: National


  1. To support the implementation and delivery of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for pupils within the School’s programmes of study
  2. To monitor and support the overall progress and development of pupils (academically, socially, behaviourally, emotionally)
  3. To co-facilitate a learning experience which provides pupils with the opportunity to achieve their individual potential
  4. To share and support the school’s responsibility to provide and monitor opportunities for personal growth and enjoyment
  5. To show commitment to the British School of Costa Rica’s Teaching and Learning Charter (see separate document)


Main Responsibilities

  • Implement agreed school policies and guidelines
  • Support initiatives agreed by the Leadership Team and staff
  • Contribute to the school’s strategic plan and its implementation
  • As a Teaching Assistant (TA), deliver tailored teaching activities to pupils on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups
  • As a TA, ensure that the pupils that you support are able to engage in learning and stay on task during the lesson or activity
  • As a TA, work closely along side the classroom teacher
  • Cover class teachers in their absence assuming full responsibility for that class
  • Support the preparation of learning spaces and experiences
  • Support the social and emotional development of pupils, reporting any issues as necessary
  • Support the management of student behaviour in accordance with school policy
  • Carry out administrative duties such as preparing classroom and after school care resources, taking attendance,
  • Participate in the School’s performance management and professional development programmes
  • Contribute to whole school activities
  • Participate in off-campus excursions that might involve overnight stays
  • As After School Care Facilitator, plan and implement a variety of engaging and educational after school activities

The British School of Costa Rica is committed to the safeguarding of all members of its community. This appointment issubject to the provision of an appropriate Costa Rican and/or international criminal records check.

Person Specification

Qualifications Essential Desirable
Bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Preschool or Bilingual Primary Education (or be in the process of obtaining one)    
Maintain a personal commitment to Professional Development    
Experience Essential Desirable
Experience working with children    
Minimum English and Spanish level: B2    
Professional Knowledge and Understanding Essential Desirable
Knowledge of the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) or InternationalPrimary Curriculum (IPC), or similar    
Understand what constitutes good practice and support for bilingual learners    
Understanding of “21st Century” pedagogical approaches    
Experience using Google Apps for Education    
Professional Skills and Attributes Essential Desirable
An understanding of child-centred learning    
An ability to motivate and inspire children    
An ability to encourage independent learning    
An ability to use ICT confidently to enhance children’s learning    
Personal Qualities Essential Desirable
Have a flexible approach to working and enjoy being a positive team member    
Have excellent oral and written communication skills    
Be able to manage own workload effectively and respond swiftly to tight deadlines    
Good interpersonal skills with the ability to enthuse and motivate others    
Willingness to share expertise, skills and knowledge and ability to encourage others    
Practice equal opportunities in all aspects of the role and around the school, in linewith policy    


  1. In making an application, for both local and international contracts, candidates are asked to make it absolutely clear for what position they are applying. The School will not necessarily reply to speculative applications; only to those sent in response to advertised positions. However we do keep a limited database of previous applications.
  2. We only contract qualified teachers who have at least two years of relevant, prior experience. Also, we teach English throughout the school as a first language and because of this, we do not offer international contracts to EFL or ESL teachers.
  3. If you qualify and are interested in applying for any of our job openings, please email us at staff.applications@bscr.ed.cr with a copy of your CV and a brief description as to why you think your qualifications and experience would make you a good candidate for the advertised post.
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