Yoyogi International School

seeks a

Physical Education Teacher 

effective August 19, 2019 – August 13, 2021

The School

Yoyogi International School is a well-respected school in the heart of Tokyo, offering an international education to students from over 30 different counties, aged 16 months to 12 years. Our curriculum has been developed to cover educational standards from both the U.K. National Curriculum and U.S. Common Core States Standards, as well as reflecting the IB’s underlying principles. Our aim is to nurture curiosity and love of learning in all our students.

The school is situated in the centre of Tokyo, opposite Yoyogi Park and walking distance from the ‘scramble crossing’ in Shibuya. The school's prime locations allows teachers to take advantage of local sporting facilities and open spaces; as well as have convenient transport links to a multitude of excursion opportunities in and around Tokyo. Our growing school has 2 campuses, 5 minutes apart, and over 170 students. Our strong and supportive staff includes 27 teaching faculty from diverse teaching backgrounds, each bringing their unique experience and expertise to share with others.
As well as the importance of academics, our school’s Mission, Vision and Core Values reflect our goal to develop the ‘whole child’, teaching children the life skills required to be active learners and respectful young people.

In addition to a large astroturf sports ground next to the Primary school campus, we are also a 10 min walk from an extensive sports facility, the National Olympics Memorial Youth Centre. We use the swimming pool, gymnasiums and tennis, badminton and basketball courts at the sports complex.

The Candidate

  • Candidates are required to hold a Bachelors degree in Education and a teaching certification/credential from the U.S. or U.K.
  • Candidates need to have taught for 2years in a state or accredited school
  • Candidates must obtain police background checks for the country they are currently living/working in, as well as any countries they have previously lived and worked in

Teachers at Yoyogi International School need to be flexible, demonstrating the initiative to work independently, as well as the ability to communicate and interact with the wider school community. Communication, respect and professionalism are vital in all working relationships within the school. They need a warm nature, committed to the wellbeing of all their students, and families. Teachers must reflect the school’s mission and vision in all aspects of their teaching and interactions, illustrating a commitment to supporting each student to exceed their expectations. Teachers also have a responsibility to promote the good name of the school and support the wider school community.

The Position

  • 2 year contract, with option to extend
  • Classes – Kindergarten-Primary 6 (4 – 11 years old)
  • Working hours are 8:30am – 4:45pm; 5:30pm 2 days/week
  • Compensation – from ¥450,000/month
  • Housing aid - ¥30,000/month
  • Transport (between home and work) – up to ¥25,000/month
  • Flight aid - ¥80,000/year
  • Holidays – Saturdays, Sundays and selected Japanese national holidays,
  • Winter break (3 weeks), Spring break (1 week),
  • Mid-term break (2 days), Autumn break (2-5 days: depends on the calendar), Golden Week holiday (1 week)
  • Summer Holiday – 3 weeks (15 working days) paid holiday
  • Heath Insurance – 70% subsidy for annual Japanese National Health Insurance
  • Sick days – 5 days

The expectations of a Physical Education Teacher

  • Classes have PE lessons twice each week; 30min lessons for the Kindergarten and 1hour lessons for the Primary classes.
  • We have a Primary School Sports Day each year, and parents are invited along to watch the events.
  • This teaching position also includes afterschool sports clubs/classes


  • Be professional; respect and practice the school’s Mission, Vision and Core Values
  • Nurture and demonstrate a love of learning; set high expectations and goals for yourself and your students
  • Develop an understanding and acceptance between all students regardless of their cultural background; maintain a courteous professional relationship with students, parents, colleagues and the wider school community
  • Develop supportive and collaborative relationships with all colleagues and have a flexible attitude and willingness to contribute to the smooth running of the school
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm to contribute to whole school events and celebrations
  • Fully understand and adhere to the school’s expectations, policies and procedures, as set out in the Staff Handbook
  • Keep efficient and effective records and student tracking
  • Establish clear lines of communication with staff and parents; through face-to-face meetings, termly progress reports and regular newsletters; use these to inform parents about students learning, anecdotal stories, progress, strengths and challenges


  • Complete class plans in line with the school’s curriculum; and demonstrating a continuity and progression within the unit, and from one year to the next
  • Ensure all lesson materials and resources are appropriate to the students learning and prepared ahead of the lesson; and you have a clear knowledge and understanding of the lesson contents
  • Differentiate lesson expectations and outcomes; and group students as appropriate
  • Ensure learning outcomes are assessed in a variety of ways and use the information collected to inform planning and track student’s progress
  • Use a range of teaching strategies to ensure all children are actively involved and learning during the lesson, regardless of ability or learning style


  • Develop a respectful, honest and nurturing relationship with each student and their family
  • Be firm, fair, consistent and caring towards your students
  • Encourage all students to be Curious, Confident and Compassionate in their learning and social interactions
  • Use appropriate strategies to deal with challenging behavior
  • Encourage children to use correct English throughout the school day
  • Ensure the teaching environment is safe, clean, tidy, organized, inviting and inspiring


Hybrid curriculum; U.S. National PE Standards and U.K. National Curriculum


Kindergarten (4-5 years old) – Primary 6/Grade 6 (10-12 years old)

Application Procedure

Please send your resume with photo and cover letter to: info@yoyogiinternationalschool.com

Only selected candidate will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in Yoyogi International School.

Application Deadline

Ongoing until filled.



Aligned with the recommendations of the International Taskforce on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a higher standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.