Science 0.6 Classroom Teacher - Upper Yarra Secondary College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Yarra Junction VIC, Australia
  • 16 Jul, 2021
Part time - Fixed Term Teaching – Secondary

Job Description

Job ID 1231881
Location Upper Yarra Secondary College
Department Upper Yarra Secondary College
Role Type Secondary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time Part-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 07/28/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 08/09/2021
End Date 12/29/2021
Hours 22.80
Contact Name Scott Tully
Phone 03 5967 1877
School Website www.uysc.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Upper Yarra Secondary College is located in Yarra Junction in the Yarra Valley, 65 kilometres from Melbourne. Our current enrolment is 560. Many of our students travel extensive distances to attend school from outer rural communities. The College is well regarded for supporting its students with a safe, healthy and supportive environment that nurtures self-esteem, leadership qualities, talent, curiosity and optimism for the future, providing them with a base to become responsible members of the College and the broader community. Our students come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, with an SFO of 0.64.

The College leadership profile includes 5 Leading Teachers (Curriculum, Junior, Middle and Senior-Sub-School). The College staff supports our students by working in Year Level teams led by a Team Leader. The teams are responsible for overseeing curriculum, pedagogy and wellbeing and student management for students within their Year Level. We have a strong wellbeing team and run a Youth Clinic one day per week, and work on a five day timetable consisting of five 1hr periods.

We provide a range of curriculum choices including VCE, VET and VCAL that support pathways to a wide range of destinations including Universities, TAFE, apprenticeships and employment. Students develop close relationships with staff via daily contact in our Year Level teams approach. Student leadership is promoted within a range of opportunities within the College, SRC, College Captains, Peer Support, Duke of Ed and Sports Leadership programs.

Innovation and Future Directions

The College completed their review in 2017 with future directions being linked to Literacy and Numeracy, community engagement and promotion of high expectations in all areas of the College.

A model of Inquiry Learning developed at Upper Yarra Secondary College is now well established in Years 7 and 8. FLIP (Future Learners Inquiry Program) has elements of an Open Plan learning environment, closer attachments of fewer teaching staff for more time with students, an integrated inquiry-based approach to curriculum delivery, and enhanced processes that focus on more personalised learning for students through engagement of activities that relate to a variety of learning styles.

Innovations in reading and writing programs including Independent Reading, Readers and Writers Workshops have been developed and are having an impact on teaching practice and student engagement and achievement. A Sharing Classrooms program has also had an impact on improving pedagogy. Teachers engage in Professional Learning Teams and, via the focus on research outcomes, employ strategies discussed into classroom practice, in an Action Research model.

Selection Criteria
SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum, including the ability to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated experience in responding to student learning needs including. an understanding of education in the Alternative setting environment.

SC2 Demonstrated experience in planning for and implementing high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluating the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3 Demonstrated experience in monitoring and assessing student learning. Demonstrated experience in using data to inform teaching practice and providing feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4 Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated experience in reflecting upon practice and engaging in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.

SC6 Demonstrate high level knowledge of approaches to the teaching of literacy and use of an Inquiry model with the ability, willingness and capacity to implement these into your teaching

Role
The classroom teacher classification comprises two salary ranges- range 1 and range 2. The primary focus of the classroom teacher is on the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. The classroom teacher engages in critical reflection and inquiry in order to improve knowledge and skills to effectively engage students and improve their learning.

As the classroom teacher gains experience his or her contribution to the school program beyond the classroom increases. All classroom teachers may be required to undertake other duties in addition to their rostered teaching duties provided the responsibility is appropriate to the salary range, qualifications, training and experience of the teacher.

Classroom teacher Range 2
Range 2 classroom teachers play a significant role in assisting the school to improve student performance and educational outcomes determined by the school strategic plan and state-wide priorities and contributing to the development and implementation of school policies and priorities.

A critical component of this work will focus on increasing the knowledge base of staff within their school about student learning and high quality instruction to assist their school to define quality teacher practice.

Range 2 classroom teachers will be expected to:

  • Have the content knowledge and pedagogical practice to meet the diverse needs of all students
  • Model exemplary classroom practice and mentor/coach other teachers in the school to engage in critical reflection of their practice and to support staff to expand their capacity
  • Provide expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
  • Supervise and train one or more student teachers
  • Assist staff to use student data to inform teaching approaches that enable targets related to improving student learning outcomes to be achieved.

Classroom teacher Range 1
The primary focus of the range 1 classroom teacher is on further developing skills and competencies to become an effective classroom practitioner with structured support and guidance from teachers at higher levels and the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. These teachers teach a range of students/classes and are accountable for the effective delivery of their programs. Range 1 classroom teachers are skilled teachers who operate under general direction within clear guidelines following established work practices and documented priorities and may have responsibility for the supervision and training of one or more student teachers.

At range 1, teachers participate in the development of school policies and programs and assist in the implementation of school priorities.

The focus of a range 1 classroom teacher is on classroom management, subject content and teaching practice. New entrants to the teaching profession in their initial teaching years receive structured support, mentoring and guidance from teachers at higher levels.

Under guidance, new entrants to the teaching profession will plan and teach student groups in one or more subjects and are expected to participate in induction programs and other professional learning activities that are designed to ensure the integration of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy across the school.

Teachers at range 1 are responsible for teaching their own classes and may also assist and participate in policy development, project teams and the organisation of co-curricula activities.

Responsibilities
The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:

  • Direct teaching of groups of students and individual students;
  • Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of a curriculum area or other curriculum program within the school;
  • Undertaking other classroom teaching related and organisational duties as determined by the School Principal;
  • Participating in activities such as parent/teacher meetings; staff meetings; camps and excursions;
  • Undertaking other non-teaching supervisory duties.

Who May Apply
Teachers currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and qualified to teach and/or have demonstrated experience in the curriculum area(s) specified for the position.

Subject

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and other Sciences

School Type

Secondary

Job Closing Date

28 Jul, 2021