English Teacher - Springside West Secondary College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Fraser Rise VIC, Australia
  • 03 Sep, 2021
Full time - Permanent Teaching - Secondary

Job Description

Job ID 1236966
Location Springside West Sec. College
Department Springside West Sec. College
Role Type Secondary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Ongoing
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 10/03/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 01/28/2022
End Date
Hours 38.00
Contact Name John Goodman
Phone 03 8357-7100
School Website www.swsc.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Springside West Secondary College is a school recently established in the growth corridor of the north western suburbs in the new suburb Fraser Rise. It is anticipated that the school will grow to an enrolment of well over a thousand students in the coming years.

The school opened at the beginning of the 2018 school year with an enrolment of 171 students- 35 in Year 10 and 136 in Year 7. In 2019 the enrolment profile of the entire school grew to over 400 students, with cohorts at Years 7, 8, 10 and 11. Stage 1 of the building program was completed at the start of 2018. Stages 2 and 3 were completed in April of 2019. In 2021 the school has grown to an enrolment of approximately 1000 students. In term 3 2019 SWSC conducted a review and develop its first strategic plan.

Students are housed in Learning Neighbourhoods, with their core teachers. There is full access to 21st Century learning tools through internet connectivity and this is central to the teaching of a dynamic curriculum. The current facilities are three Learning Neighbourhoods, the Arts & STEM building, a Performing Arts and Music centre, the administration building comprising classroom spaces and a large library and a Gymnasium. The total capacity of the permanent buildings is 1100 students, with an estimated peak enrolment of 1500 students in coming years to be catered for with additional relocatable classrooms.

Springside West Secondary College seeks to be a high achieving school for students by insisting on high standards and evidence based practice in the classroom. In 2018 the school developed its three values: Growth: We are motivated learners, always striving for personal development and academic excellence; Challenge: We take responsibility for our learning and seize new opportunities with determination and optimism; Community: We treat all members of our community with respect and are responsible for our actions and environment. The school seeks a dynamic staff committed to adapting and evolving with the challenges of a rapidly growing school.

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 Capacity to teach the great texts of the English language in a manner which makes them relevant to the world of today.

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-curricular 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 classrooms 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.

Other Information
The successful applicant will be a versatile English teacher with the capacity to teach to Year 12 in English. A passionate dedication to literature and the way the study of great writing and texts can enrich the lives of students is central to the role of being an English teacher at Springside West Secondary College. As the school develops and grows the importance of building a strong foundation of literacy among a wide variety of students will be essential in this role. English learning area staff at Springside West Secondary College are will be skilled at working effectively in learning teams and will have a commitment to using this approach to refine and share ideas. Note: there is a staff dress code that staff are asked to abide by. Contact John Goodman at John.Goodman@education.vic.gov.au or by phone on 8357 7103 if you have any questions about this role.

Applications are due by the 3rd of October 2021. There is an online tour and key documents relevant to this role in the recruitment information section under the tab school on the SWSC website: https://www.swsc.vic.edu.au/


English and Literature

School Type


Job Closing Date

03 Oct, 2021