Teacher of General Science (Chemistry)

Job Description

SECTION: Secondary School 11 to 16 year-old students
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Head of Science / Head of Secondary
CONTRACT: International

Main Responsibilities

  • Plan and deliver lessons that are pedagogically sound and are aligned with School and curriculum requirements
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the Science curriculum
  • Continually assess student’s progress by utilizing both formative and summative assessments
  • Reflect on student performance for future planning and delivery
  • Actively participate in the performance management programme
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records and quarterly reports in accordance with School policy
  • Contribute to the ongoing operations and development of the Science Department
  • Contribute to whole-School and extra-curricular activities
  • Comply with all of the School’s policies and regulations – specifically those relating to discipline, academic honesty, inclusion, assessment and health and safety
  • Maintain positive and supportive relationships with students, staff and parents
  • Fulfill operational responsibilities which include: break duties; exam invigilation; parent-teacher meetings, attendance at department and staff meetings and after-school events
  • Cover classes as reasonably requested by the Head of Secondary
  • Check email at least twice daily and attend morning announcements to communicate arrangements of events
  • Supervise extended essays when appropriate
  • Participate in cross-curricular collaboration activities
  • Support the School’s House system
  • Support Student Council initiatives
  • Contribute to the creation of the department budget
  • Ensure that subject specific books and other relevant resources are in a good condition and available
  • Check SDS records on a regular basis to ensure that the learning needs of all students are being met
  • Liaise with the SDS department regarding students who present social/emotional concerns


Person Specification

Qualifications Essential Desirable
A Bachelor’s degree in Biology / closely related discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in Education X  
A recognized formal teaching qualification  
Relevant Master’s Degree  
Experience Essential Desirable
At least 2 years teaching experience, preferable in international schools    X
Recent experience of teaching the I.B. Diploma and/or IGCSE programme  
Experience working with students who have English as a second language  
Professional Skills, Knowledge and Understanding Essential Desirable
Fluency in English  
Some knowledge of Spanish  
An effective classroom practitioner with a developed knowledge and understanding of current pedagogy  
Able to engage with students and to engender enthusiasm for learning  
Comfortable using a range of ICT including the Google platform X  
Attributes Essential Desirable
Have a flexible approach to working and enjoy being a positive team member  
Have effective communication, organization and time management 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 and develop effective partnerships  
Willingness to share expertise, skills and knowledge and ability to encourage others  
Maintain a personal commitment to Professional Development linked to the competencies necessary to deliver the requirements of the post, including being reflective on their own practice and the practice of others.  

“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” (International Task Force on Child Protection, June 2016 Report: Outcomes and Recommendations). As such this appointment is subject to the provision of an appropriate criminal record check and the satisfactory return of professional referees.


  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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