Classroom Teacher (TFI 417) - Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Echuca VIC, Australia
  • 04 Oct, 2021
Full time - Permanent Teaching - Primary Teaching - Secondary Teaching Aides & Special Needs

Job Description

Job ID 1241578
Location Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School 
Department Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School 
Role Type Primary Teacher/Secondary Teacher/Targeted Financial Incentive
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Ongoing
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 10/24/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 01/28/2022
End Date
Hours 38.00
Contact Name Paul Marshall
Phone 03 5410 7700
School Website

Location Profile
Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School is seeking applicants who display an understanding of the learning and teaching of students with special needs and who are committed to their profession.

Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School is a rapidly expanding school, providing education for children ages 5-18 years with intellectual and associated disabilities. The school enrolment is approximately 120 students. We follow Victorian Curriculum using ABLES to assist assessment. The curriculum is based on individual needs and abilities and designed to be motivating, challenging and flexible with a significant focus on life skills and personal development.

The school successfully met all standards for Professional Development Culture and was accredited in 2008. Our 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan has a student learning focus on Literacy, Numeracy and excellence in Education. The major emphasis is on literacy with a focus on reading, developing oral language and social skills. We believe that all our students need to be given a voice and the staff are dedicated to making the most of the school resources to achieve this goal.

Our Strategic Plan has a major teaching and learning focus on Literacy, Numeracy and Communication. All students work with iPads to strengthen literacy and numeracy skills. We offer a significant P.E.C.S program to build communication skills across different areas of the school.

The school has a strong wellbeing culture. In 2016 the school launched The Koorie Inclusive School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (KI SWPBS) program This evidence based approach supports positive school culture by creating safe, inclusive learning environments defined by proactive whole school systems to define, teach and support appropriate student behaviours.

Inclusion is of vital importance to our Community and links with mainstream schools and local sporting clubs are facilitated through community partnerships. The school promotes inclusion of all cultures, religion and gender identities and where local history, heritage and the values of the nation’s first people can be explored and celebrated. Inclusion is promoted in our community and links with mainstream.

Family connections are vital and their continued support is greatly valued. Student wellbeing is a high priority and contact with most families on a daily basis provides holistic support not only to students but to caregivers. Our families come from a diverse background spread over a large geographical area.

Many of our students have high paramedical needs. Access to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychologist services is provided as required. Specialised therapy and augmented communication equipment is available to support these programmes.

The school prides itself on having an open and welcoming environment that encourages parent and community participation. Links with the community are encouraged. The school plays host to students on work experience, or community service programmes as well as providing onsite training for staff from local mainstream schools. We recognise and appreciate the challenging nature of the job and are proud of the professional commitment of all our staff.

Our school offers:

  • Excellence in Education - High quality teaching tailored to the individual
  • A curriculum designed to allow students to develop to their full potential.
  • Highly trained and dedicated staff, highly respected by the greater community.
  • A safe and supportive environment catering for all physical, emotional and intellectual needs.
  • A strong emphasis on assisting the students to develop interpersonal skills readying them for life beyond school.
  • A strong student wellbeing culture, where each child’s needs are of top priority.
  • An outstanding team approach to teaching and managing the students.
  • Strong partnerships with parents, local disability services and the broader community.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum, including the capacity to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated capacity to respond to student learning needs.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to implement high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3 Demonstrated capacity to monitor and assess student learning. Demonstrated capacity to use data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4 Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated capacity to reflect upon practice and engage in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.

SC6 Demonstrate and model a high level of professional practice and capacity to create a learning environment that is safe and inclusive for students with special needs and challenging behaviours.


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.


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Job Closing Date

24 Oct, 2021