Specialist Teacher - Physical Education

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • 06/01/2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching

Job Description

Location Profile

Aitken Creek Primary School located at 51-81 Grevillea Street, Craigieburn, opened in 2011. It is located in the Highlands Estate at Craigieburn. The school is a primary school with a current enrolment of 1000 students with a long term enrolment of 1100 students from prep to year six.

Our priority at Aitken Creek Primary School is to meet the individual learning needs of all our students and to enhance their learning opportunities and achievement. There is a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy in the area of student learning. We value respect, teamwork, achievement, responsibility and integrate a range of social learning programs to enhance student wellbeing and engagement. We offer a seamless education with the implementation of specific events and programs to support student milestones and pathways.

Our underlying philosophy is to facilitate the lifelong development and growth of our students so they can achieve their full potential as individuals and as members of a healthy and productive community. Parents, students and staff are strongly encouraged to work together in partnership to support this improvement.

Everything we do is based on current research focusing on:

  • Explicit feedback to all learners acquired through formative and summative assessment
  • Instructional quality being of a high standard based on latest research
  • Direct instruction that is paced, focused and explicit
  • A learning environment that is calm and student centred
  • Setting challenging goals and personalised learning for all learners
  • Mastery of learning through time to practise taught skills and strategies
  • Questioning for deeper levels of thinking and to engage curiosity

The following pedagogical understandings are central to the programs delivered at Aitken Creek Primary School and they drive the development and delivery of the curriculum:

  • Learner-centred classrooms focussed on meeting individual learning needs
  • Flexible multi-use working spaces with access to ICT facilities, to allow for cooperative and collaborative learning
  • Students work on rich tasks and participate in small focussed teaching groups
  • Strong emphasis on self-assessment, reflection, goal setting and focused teaching
  • Belief in professional collaboration between teachers
  • Belief in flexible organisation and the provision of innovative curriculum delivery
  • A true trans-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning

Joining a new setting is an exciting opportunity for employees with outstanding people skills, and who display a genuine willingness to work as part of a co-operative team, to establish and embed the school’s ethos, culture and values. The school team will need to best utilise the facilities to deliver innovative education as well as support the wellbeing of every student so that they can be the best that they can be.

The teachers at our school are dedicated professionals some of whom are commencing their careers. Working at our school requires commitment, dedication and a professional disposition. The successful applicant will be required to work as part of a dynamic and energetic team, be able to embrace change as a result of population growth and work constructively and professionally with the school community.

School facilities include well equipped classrooms, full size gymnasium and performing arts learning areas, library, canteen, two art rooms and the administration area. Breakout flexible spaces connect the classrooms to enable open, flexible and personalised learning. Outside the 3.5 hectare grounds allow for a mix of passive and active play. Outdoor facilities include hard court areas, a large oval, landscaped garden area, protected courtyards, a wetland and a vegetable garden.

Information technology is available throughout the school and all children have access to mobile computing via wireless internet. In addition all students have the opportunity to use a personal device as part of our BYO iPad. There are Apple TV’s installed in every classroom. The school’s classrooms are a flexible, open design featuring large sliding doors that open into common learning areas acting as an extension of the classroom spaces. In the main building teachers have the flexibility to operate in a flexible way that enables them to cater for all children. Teachers are able to work with large or small groups depending on the activity. A number of small breakout spaces, allow specialist staff such as speech therapists to work one on one with students. These rooms are also suitable for small group sessions.

Aitken Creek Primary School is a great example of excellence in government schooling, providing students with every opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated understanding of current DET initiatives and the capacity to implement and evaluate learning and teaching programs in accordance with the Victorian curriculum.

SC2 Demonstrated high level classroom teaching skills in Physical Education and the capacity to work with colleagues to continually improve teaching and learning.

SC3 Demonstrated ability to monitor and assess student learning data and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning.

SC4 Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills and high level interpersonal skills including the capacity to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with parents, other employees and the broader school community to focus on student learning, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values, including a commitment and capacity to actively contribute to and manage major curriculum or student activities and a commitment to continually improving teaching quality and capacity through the application of knowledge, skills and expertise derived from ongoing professional development and learning.


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.


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.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

Other Information

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.


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