Classroom Teacher - Special Education (TFI 88)

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • 12/01/2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching

Job Description

Location Profile

Hume Valley School is a special school with a current enrolment of 347 students from 5 to 18 years of age. The school population represents a broad range of socio-economic and multicultural backgrounds.

The main campus in Koroit Avenue accommodates our Prep to Year 2 and Year to Year 10 students, our Narrun campus, co-located with Dallas Brooks Community Primary School, accommodates our Year 3 to Year 6 students, while the Tanderrum Way campus, co-located within Hume Central Senior Secondary College, caters for our Years 11 and 12 students.

School facilities include:

  • a large gymnasium, stage and performing arts centre
  • fully productive school and kitchen gardens in which students work and learn horticultural and environmental sustainability skills
  • a well-equipped food technology centre
  • a school cafe
  • a visual arts room and project room
  • traffic safety education course and teaching facilities
  • eLearning Centre
  • First Aid and change room facilities

Our Vision is to create an inclusive, safe, respectful and engaged learning community where all students are motivated and enabled to maximise their social, personal, educational and post school potential.


The school values, Respect, Responsibility and Resilience are imbedded in all school policies and practices. At the centre of the school’s values are the expectations that all students be ready for learning, respect themselves and others, act safely and care for their school.

Teaching and Learning

The school community is committed to creating a vibrant educational environment where students and their learning are highly valued.

The Prep to Year 9 curriculum is based on the Victorian Curriculum, Year 10 students participate in a PreCAL pre-vocational course, while the Year 11 and 12 students undertake Foundation Level VCAL, a range of VET in Schools subjects and School Based Apprenticeships.

The school offers individual educational planning for each student. The comprehensive curriculum is designed to allow flexible approaches to learning to accommodate the various learning styles and special needs of all students.

Personal Learning Support Plan Goals are set at the Student Support Group meetings held at the beginning of the year and reviewed throughout the year. The individually planned programs are based on the student’s abilities, strengths and interests with particular emphasis on English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Personal and Social Capabilities.

Specialist programs are provided in the areas of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Instrumental Music, Physical Education and Inter School Sport, Traffic Safety Education, Outdoor Education, Food Technology, Gardening and environmental sustainability (Prep to Year 9) and Horticulture (Years 10 to 12), Media & Design, Independent Living Skills, Health & Safety and Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework.

All programs stress the development of literacy and numeracy skills, behaviour and social skills, creative and recreation skills and for older students, independence and work/industry skills. Enrichment programs include travel training, a community access (excursion) program and the highly engaging community connections and mentoring programs.

School Community

The Hume Valley School Community, parents, staff and students, work cooperatively to ensure a safe, professional approach to providing a quality education.

Parent and community group programs and activities are facilitated within the school to provide support for families in coping with the challenges of nurturing children with disabilities. These programs include regular parent group meeting, events and information sessions.

A well-resourced therapy team and a student wellbeing team provide support to students and their families across the school and coordinate the consistent application of School Wide Positive Behaviour Support and Trauma Informed policies and practices.

The school has an excellent history of achievement in meeting the needs of the students. It provides a supportive learning environment in which the students feel secure, and develop self-esteem by experiencing success.

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.

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 Demonstrated ability to develop positive relationships with and deliver effective vocational education programs to Year 10 to 12 students who have an intellectual disability.


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

DET Values

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

Other Information

Special Education qualification is preferred but not mandatory.

Conditions of Employment

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.

Eligibility for incentive payments:

  • The successful candidate must be a new employee to this school
  • A minimum commitment of 2 years employment in this position

Retention payments will be paid at the end of the second, third, and fourth year of employment in this position, subject to successful completion of each year respectively.

For information on relocation and removal assistance, refer to ‘Reimbursement of travel and personal expenses - teaching service’ policy available at

Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at

Program Benefits

This position attracts an incentive payment of $9,000 (pre-tax) for the successful candidate who meets the eligibility criteria set out under conditions of employment.

A $9,000 (pre-tax) annual retention payment is available at the conclusion of the second, third and fourth year of employment.

More information about Targeted Financial Incentives is available at


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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