Teacher of Computer Science

Job Description

SECTION: Secondary School: Y6 to Y12 - 11 to 18 year-old students
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Head of Science / Head of Secondary
CONTRACT: National

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 Computer 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

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

Important

  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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