Teacher of Science (Chemistry)

Job Description

SECTION: Secondary School (Y6 to Y12 – 11 to 18 year-old students).
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Teacher of Science (Chemistry)
CONTRACT: International


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

Main Responsibilities

  • Plan and facilitate learning experiences that are pedagogically sound and are aligned with curriculum requirements
  • 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
  • Manage student behaviour in accordance with school policy
  • Report on the development, progress and attainment of pupils
  • Communicate and co-operate with outside agencies or professionals, as necessary
  • Manage the work of support staff within the classroom
  • Participate in the School’s performance management and professional development programmes
  • Contribute to whole school and extracurricular activities
  • Participate in off-campus excursions that might involve overnight stays

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

Person Specification

Qualifications Essential Desirable
A Bachelor’s degree in Education, or Bachelor’s degree in Science/Chemistry and PGCE (or equivalent)  X  
UK Qualified Teacher Status / International teachers only)  
A relevant Master’s degree  
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 X  
Experience Essential Desirable
At least 2 years teaching experience    X
Minimum English level C1 (for non-native, English teachers) X  
Experience living abroad   X
Some knowledge of Spanish    X
Professional Skills, Knowledge and Understanding Essential Desirable
Knowledge of, or experience using the IGCSE and IB Diploma curricula   x
Understand what constitutes good practice and support for bilingual learners X  
Demonstrated experience with “21st Century” pedagogical approaches  
Experience using Google Apps for Education   X
Professional Skills and Attributes Essential Desirable
An excellent classroom practitioner X  
An understanding of child-centered learning X  
An ability to motivate and inspire children X  
An awareness of the principles of Assessment for Learning X  
An ability to encourage independent learning  X  
An ability to create an appropriate, effective, stimulating learning environment X  
An ability to use ICT confidently to enhance children’s learning and embed cross curricular learning X  
A commitment to providing co-curricular activities   X
Personal Qualities Essential Desirable
Be willing and enjoy engaging parents in order to encourage their close involvement in the education of their children X  
Have a flexible approach to working and enjoy being a positive team member X  
Have excellent oral and written communication skills X  
Be able to manage own workload effectively and respond swiftly to tight deadlines X  
Good interpersonal skills with the ability to enthuse and motivate others and develop effective partnerships X  
Willingness to share expertise, skills and knowledge and ability to encourage others X  
Willingness to lead in-school Professional Development X  
Practice equal opportunities in all aspects of the role and around the school, in line with policy X  


  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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