Teacher of Geography

Job Description

SECTION: Secondary School (Y6 to Y12 – 11 to 18 year-old students).
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Head of Humanities / Head of Secondary.
CONTRACT: International

Main Responsibilities

  • Plan and deliver lessons that are pedagogically sound and are aligned with the School’s Guiding Statements and curriculum requirements
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the geography 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 in accordance with School policy
  • Prepare formal quarterly reports and as required by the Administration
  • Organise and undertake experiential learning activities as defined by the subject area
  • Ensure that the Head of Secondary and affected staff members are informed with sufficient notice of all activities that do not constitute part of the regular timetable
  • Contribute to the ongoing operations and development of the department
  • Contribute to whole-School and extra-curricular activities
  • Comply with all of the Schools 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
  • 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 (Student Development Services) 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
  • Liaise with the Head of Humanities, Deputy Head and Head of Secondary regarding students who present disciplinary or academic concerns
  • Cover classes as reasonably requested by the Head of Secondary
  • Maintain a personal commitment to Professional Development linked to the competencies necessary to be a subject specialist, including being reflective on their own practice and the practice of others

Person Specification

Qualifications Essential Desirable
A Bachelor’s degree in Geography/closely related discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in education    
A recognized formal teaching qualification    
A relevant Master’s degree    
Experience Essential Desirable
At least 2 years teaching experience, preferably in international schools    
Recent experience of teaching the I.B. Diploma programme    
Recent experience of teaching the I.G.C.S.E. programme    
Experience working with students who have English as a second language    
Professional Skills, Knowledge and Understanding Essential Desirable
Fluency or near fluency level of English    
Some knowledge of Spanish    
A developed knowledge and understanding of current pedagogy    
An effective classroom practitioner    
Able to engage with students and to engender enthusiasm for learning    
Comfortable using a range of I.C.T. including the Google platform    
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    


  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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