Classroom Teacher - Aitken Hill Primary School

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

Job Description

Job ID 1244017
Location Aitken Hill Primary School
Department Aitken Hill Primary School
Role Type Primary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 10/23/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 01/28/2022
End Date 01/26/2023
Hours 38.00
Contact Name Peter Hansen
Phone 83771000
School Website aitkenhillps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Aitken Hill Primary School neighbours rapidly growing residential areas in the suburb of Craigieburn. The school is located at the intersection of Elevation Boulevard and Rhyolite Drive. The school will work in partnership with the community to provide authentic learning opportunities and best academic outcomes for all students.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with staff to develop the new Aitken Hill Primary School. The successful applicant has a unique, exciting and rare opportunity to contribute to the development of the school community.

Aitken Hill Primary School is a new school (2019), built to accommodate 475 primary students with a current enrolment of 585. The school truly presents as an innovative, unique and contemporary school. The curriculum, approach to pedagogy and culture that the new school develops will work in harmony with the design of the school buildings.

At Aitken Hill Primary School, architectural form and educational ethos align to emphasize creativity, collaboration, innovation, wellbeing and community engagement.

The Learning Communities have been carefully designed to allow for a flexible learning space incorporating a variety of different educational modes to take place in the one building. There are 2 Learning Community buildings which can each house up to 200 students. This P-6 Learning Community incorporates a rich array of educational activities including messy wet areas, quiet reflective areas, withdrawal spaces, some library spaces and small classroom spaces.

Each learning community building houses 8 groups of 25 students with the key focus on flexible spaces. Below is further information regarding the layout of the Learning Community buildings.

Focus on Teaching and Learning

The quality of classroom teaching at Aitken Hill PS will be a significant indicator of the school’s effectiveness. Effective teachers know how students learn and build on the knowledge their students bring with them. Purposeful teaching will ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn in a classroom environment that has clear learning objectives, challenging learning goals and ongoing and systemic monitoring and feedback.

Curriculum links include:

  • Science: wet and messy activities (freezing, melting) basic physics (dropping objects)
  • Art: painting, drawing, sculpting etc.
  • All learning areas: model-making, experiment and investigation.

High Expectations for All Learners

Aitken Hill PS has high expectations for all members of the school community. Teachers and students will be challenged to take advantage of all opportunities to learn and to persist when confronted with situations that require new learning. An explicit focus on effort rather than ability underpins learning interactions and the modelling of desired behaviours as there is a shared belief that all students can learn to high levels.

High expectations are also evident in the quality of the relationships between all members of the school community and their engagement and contribution to the wider community. A commitment to continuous improvement will be reflected in the way that the schools consistently communicate the importance of self-improvement and higher standards when initial targets and goals are met.

Accountability

The school is establishing a rigorous and intelligent system of accountability through which school, teacher and student performance can be monitored and evaluated. The school will use performance data to identify, support and monitor all students and plan professional learning activities for staff. Valid and reliable accountability measures will also allow the school leadership team to provide parents with meaningful information about the progress of the school and their children.

Learning Communities

Aitken Hill is aspiring to become a learning community that shares a common vision and goals, where all members work collaboratively to enhance the teaching and learning environment. Learning communities comprised of individuals with diverse expertise and knowledge which is valued, and through collaboration, drawn out, shared and used to solve school-based challenges. The learning community fosters openness, dialogue, inquiry, risk-taking and trust. In this environment, teachers feel they can make informed and responsibly decisions about innovative teaching strategies.

Stimulating and Secure Learning Environment

Aitken Hill PS understands that the nature and quality of the environment in which students and teachers work in has a significant impact on their learning. Effective schools are stimulating places to those learning, working and visiting. The design of the environment embodies the values and principles of the school and fosters creativity and a culture of learning. Quality relationships contribute to an environment where all members feel safe, secure and valued.

Staff will be expected to contribute to:

  • Creating a professional learning community
  • Developing a shared practice where all are engaged to continually improve
  • Developing a pedagogy and curriculum reflective of 21stcentury learning which maximises the use of flexible spaces
  • Developing safe and supportive learning communities based on School Wide Positive Behaviour Support
  • Community engagement and involvement in the life of the school

School contact details: Aitken.hill.ps@education.vic.gov.au

Phone: 8377 1000

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 capacity to work as part of a Professional Learning Community to design, plan and implement effective teaching approaches for a community of learners within open and flexible learning spaces.

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 Oct, 2021