Classroom Teacher - Orchard Grove Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Blackburn South VIC, Australia
  • 10 Sep, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching - Primary

Job Description

Job ID: 1238808
Location: Orchard Grove Primary School
Department: Orchard Grove Primary School
Role Type: Primary Teacher
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Classroom Teacher
Apply By: 09/23/2021

Other Information
Begin Date: 01/28/2022
End Date: 01/26/2023
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Glenda Harry
Phone: 03 9894 3400
School Website: orchgveps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Orchard Grove Primary School is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that engages curiosity; promotes learning, personal growth and wellbeing for all students; and strives to develop adaptability and resilience. We want our students to become valued members of the local and global communities and be prepared for future life experiences.

Our school community strives to offer excellence in all aspects of primary education. An emphasis upon Literacy and Numeracy at Orchard Grove has resulted in pleasing academic performance. We believe in a synthetic phonics approach to the teaching of literacy skills, and we align ourselves to the Science of Reading research. We strongly believe that we must teach students at their point of need and use assessments to strategically ensure we have the correct point of entry to begin instruction with each child.

We also provide quality learning programs in all other curriculum areas, including Inquiry and Challenge Based Learning. This is enhanced by the embedding of ICT throughout. Our curriculum is designed to cater for the individual needs of a diverse range of students. The students are encouraged to reach their individual potential by the recognition and rewarding of achievement and effort and the celebration of success.

Our core values of Integrity, Respect, Valuing Diversity, Working Together and Fostering Growth underpin the expected behaviours and attitudes of the students, staff and school community. These values are discussed and revisited on some level every day.

We are particularly proud of our exemplary sport and camping programs which offer excellent opportunities for participation by all our students. Our outstanding Visual Arts, Performing Arts/ Music, LOTE (Auslan/Spanish), Physical Education and Library programmes offer students a breadth of curriculum and experience. Our support programs, which include EAL, ensure all students are being assisted to achieve their best.

Orchard Grove places a strong emphasis on developing life-long strategies for sustainability, which is reflected in our working kitchen garden and environmental projects. The school has excellent facilities and expansive grounds and is well resourced by a supportive School Council and parent body. The upgraded Performing Arts Centre and Gymnasium, provide excellent facilities for school and community use and help to cater for our growing student numbers. Current student enrolments at 687

Parents and volunteers are a feature at Orchard Grove and many parents participate in the life of the school in a variety of ways. We offer an excellent Out of School Hours Care program with enthusiastic and caring staff.

All Orchard Grove Primary School personnel are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children.

All staff, parent helpers, volunteers, tradespeople (employed on a regular basis) and School Council members of Orchard Grove Primary School are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children by:

  • adhering to Orchard Grove Primary School’s Child Safe Policy at all times
  • taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse
  • treating everyone with respect
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their safety or the safety of another
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Indigenous children (for example, by never questioning an Indigenous child’s self-identification)
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, by having a zero tolerance of discrimination)
  • promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability (for example, during personal care activities)
  • ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child
  • reporting any allegations of child abuse to Orchard Grove Primary School’s Child Safety Officer (Leeanne King, Assistant Principal), or to a member of the Leadership Team.
  • The above mentioned Child Safety Officer or member of the Leadership
  • Team will ensure any allegation will be reported to the police or child protection
  • reporting any child safety concerns to Orchard Grove Primary School Child Safety Officer (Leeanne King, Assistant Principal) / leadership
  • if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe
  • encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.

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 leadership abilities in leading an effective team. Demonstrated ability to follow school initiatives and whole-school approaches in curriculum in an effort to improve student outcomes and support a strong collaborative and cohesive school culture.

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-curricular 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 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.

Subject

Other Subjects

School Type

Primary

Job Closing Date

23 Sep, 2021