Keilor Downs College is a large single campus secondary school of approximately 1400 students, situated on the north-western edge of suburban Melbourne. Students and staff reflect the many different cultural backgrounds present within the local community. The school is predicting a period of further growth.
The School’s Strategic Plan (SSP) 2020 -2023 prioritises “Maximising the achievement and learning growth of every student, particularly in literacy and numeracy”, “Improving student learning engagement and learner agency” and “Improving the social and emotional engagement and wellbeing of every student”.
Keilor Downs College has a strong record of achievement in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and provides a broad range of VCE subjects. The numbers of students achieving ATAR scores over 90 has increased strongly in recent years along with the percentage of students accessing University. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is delivered at both the Intermediate and Senior level, with a strong Pathways counselling and an applied learning option from Year 10.
The college also participates in a local Vocational Education & Training (VET) cluster, to enhance the choices available to students by sharing VET classes and provides Cert II Hospitality, Cert II Sport & Recreation, and Cert II Building & Construction on site. The latter in a specifically constructed Trade Training Centre (TTC), which is one of three facilities built as a joint project across colleges in the Brimbank VET Cluster. Recent enrolment levels have demonstrated excellent growth and additional have been introduced to cover a growing demand for VET Cert II Building & Construction.
Year 10 is treated as an introductory year to VCE, with the timetable aligned with Years 11 and 12 and with many of the processes and terminology of VCE introduced this year. There is a specialist pathways support program for Year 10 students who are academically at risk, leading to a VCAL course of study at Year 11.
An emphasis of the college is its strong student support structure with each individual student being known and supported academically and personally. This is achieved by both a House and a Home Group structure. Student engagement and management is based on four vertically structured Houses of Year 7-12 students. Each House has a unique identity and each is resourced with a Principal Class member, House Leader (Leading Teacher), three Student Coordinators and a Secondary Teacher Assistant. Home Group teachers are assigned to each new Year 7 Home Group and follow them through to Year 12. Two SWC’s, a School Nurse, two psychologist, Doctors in School Program, a Careers teacher and MIPs Officer, onsite HeadStart staff and an Industry Engagement Priority Cohorts Coordinator also provide a range of additional supports to students.
Student Leadership is a strong element of the House structure with an extremely active student leadership group, consisting of House Captains, Year Level Leaders, KLA and Co-curricular Program Ambassadors and Peer Leaders.
The college is an original DET accredited provider of the Select Entry & Accelerated Learning Program (SEAL), with a highly successful program for gifted students. The College operates an International Students Program (ISP) and our students have enjoyed considerable success at VCE. We also have a strong relationship with the Shiroi district in Japan, with reciprocal school visits each year, with a correspondingly strong LOTE program in Japanese (and Italian) to Year 12.
Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Keilor Downs College actively promotes 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 the Child Safe Standards. The school’s Child Safety Code of Conduct is available on the school’s website.
For further information please refer to the College website at www.kdc.vic.edu.au
School Vision: To provide a learning community which creates a wide range of opportunities for student growth and development by:
College Values: In our college we value:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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
The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx
Please address the Key Selection Criteria in no more than 5 pages, and provide a current CV which includes the names and contact details (email and mobile phone number) of three Professional Referees.
Conditions of Employment
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.