Classroom Teacher - Aitken Creek Primary School

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

Job Description

Job ID: 1239008
Location: Aitken Creek Primary School
Department: Aitken Creek 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: Brendan Thompson
Phone: 03 8338 3700
School Website: www.aitkencreekps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Context

Aitken Creek Primary School is located within the City of Hume, approximately 26 kilometres north of Melbourne. The area is under constant development and has become very urbanised over the last few years.

ACPS opened its doors at the start of the 2011 school year with a total population of 67 students from P-5. The school has attained a steady increase of enrolments since its opening and has a current enrolment of over 1000 students. Destination data shows that students come from 124 different schools, 47 of which are from interstate and 32 from overseas. Student characteristics are culturally diverse with 46 identified languages spoken at home other than English, with the majority being Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Assyrian and Sinhalese. Approximately 72% of the student population is identified as English as an Additional Language (EAL) with 48% of the student population attracting EAL funding support.

The school leadership and staffing profile evolves every year to address the growth and directly link with the School Strategic Plan priorities. The staffing profile has a mix of expertise however predominantly teaching staff are in the initial graduate years of teaching. Professional learning, coaching and induction processes have been instrumental in ensuring the development of the school culture and the school wide approach to teaching and learning.

Aitken Creek Primary School is a P-6 school located on Grevillea Street Craigieburn. Built under the new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) development, Aitken Creek Primary School is an excellent state of the art learning facility that brings together the best in contemporary educational design and promotes active student-centred learning through the creation of flexible, functional spaces. All teachers work in professional learning communities, framed around the FISO inquiry cycle. They collaborate in teaching teams so that the individual needs of their students are met. We uphold high expectations of all and provide an exciting and inclusive experience for staff, students and families.

Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

  • Learning and development is a social, collaborative activity dependent on relationships
  • Learning involves active participation, investigation, discovery and construction.
  • Meaningful, authentic and relevant context is central to learning
  • Motivation for learning is strongly dependent on the learner’s confidence in their potential
  • Environments play a critical role in learning where ideas, values, attitudes and culture are mirrored within them.

School Vision

At Aitken Creek Primary School our students will achieve personal success in their learning and become responsible and productive citizens.

An environment that is caring, safe and supportive will be provided so that each student achieves their full potential.

Parents, students and staff are strongly encouraged to work together in partnership to ensure our students succeed.

The core beliefs that we base our work on are:

  • Through effort everyone can succeed and personal achievements are celebrated.
  • Active engagement as well as positive work habits and attitudes are essential to learning.
  • Social skills are fundamental in the way we interact with each other.

School Values

The values which underpin the actions for the whole school community are:

Respect: Showing care and concern for ourselves, other people, property and our environment. Developing a sense of pride, self-esteem and personal identity.

Teamwork: Achieving success by working cooperatively with others to achieve common and personal goals.

Achievement: Setting goals, showing persistence and taking pride in our achievements.

Responsibility: Showing commitment to our learning by being accountable for our actions.

We embed the School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPBS) framework that structures our student management, wellbeing and engagement processes and procedures.

Intent

We aim to offer a service to our students and their carers that is responsive and forward thinking, targeting student needs.

Our core business is to offer the most effective teaching and learning program, in a caring and supportive manner which focuses on the explicit teaching of skills and behaviors so that each child can be the best that then can be.

Our facilities and resources will be aligned to our core business and our priorities so that our educators are well equipped to offer the best service possible.

We endeavour to respond to concerns in a timely manner that is solution focused and were possible with mutually agreeable outcomes.

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.

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