Special Education Teacher - East Gippsland Specialist School (TFI 251)

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • East Gippsland, VIC, Australia
  • 04 Oct, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching - Primary Teaching - Secondary Teaching Aides & Special Needs

Job Description

Job ID 1240371
Location East Gippsland Specialist Sch
Department East Gippsland Specialist Sch
Role Type Primary Teacher/Secondary Teacher/Targeted Financial Incentive
Subjects/Duties  View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 10/24/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 01/27/2022
End Date 01/26/2024
Hours 38.00
Contact Name Andrew Kenyon
Phone 03 5152 5922
School Website www.eastgippslandss.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

The East Gippsland Specialist School provides a comprehensive and innovative curriculum for primary and secondary students with intellectual disabilities. The school recognises that every child is special and that our students require additional resources and individual and innovative support to enable them to succeed.

The school encourages a supportive environment where teamwork between members of the school community is paramount to foster an environment of ability where every student fulfils their full potential. Our belief that every student can achieve is fostered in a strengths based, stimulating, caring and secure atmosphere. We promote the values and attitudes of cooperation, responsibility and respect for self, for others, for culture and religious diversity, for property and environment.

Students are taught in small groups and are supported by a multi-disciplinary team including teachers, assistants, allied health professionals and other specialists. The school is committed to providing a progressive, stimulating and safe school environment that takes into account sound management practices, good communication between all members of the school community, best practice in delivering the curriculum and innovative community partnerships. The school has introduced the STAR and LINKS programs for students with Intellectual Disabilities (including Autism Spectrum Disorder) in 2016. These programs were developed by STAR Autism Support and are comprehensive behavioural teaching practises that incorporate the Applied Behaviour Analysis strategies of: Discrete Trial Training, Pivotal Response Training, Teaching Functional Routines and the Academic Skills.

East Gippsland Specialist School is situated in the thriving town of Bairnsdale which is also the commercial centre of East Gippsland. The town itself has pleasant wide streets set around historical, award-winning, Main Street Gardens. It is the gateway to Australia’s largest and most beautiful inland waterways, the Gippsland Lakes as well as beautiful beaches and Victoria’s High Country. The environment lends itself to many leisure opportunities including fishing, sailing and boating, riding, cycling, bushwalking, climbing and skiing.

The East Gippsland Specialist School was built in 2003 and has been steadily growing since this time. It now has 90 students and 44 staff with state of the art facilities, extensive IT resources and specialist sensory resources.

Key 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 ability to work both autonomously and as a member of a team to produce and/or modify individual learning program/s to meet the needs of students with an intellectual disability and/or challenging behaviours.

SC3 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.

SC4 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.

SC5 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.

SC6 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.

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.


Special Needs

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Job Closing Date

24 Oct, 2021