Classroom Teacher - Westgarth Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Westgarth Street, Northcote VIC, Australia
  • 13 Oct, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching - Primary

Job Description

Job ID 1243176
Location  Westgarth Primary School
Department  Westgarth 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  10/26/2021
Other Information  
Begin Date  01/28/2022
End Date  01/26/2023
Hours  38.00
Contact Name  Jo Wheeler
Phone  03 9481 5577
School Website

Location Profile

Westgarth Primary School is located in the inner-city suburb of Northcote approximately eight kilometres north of the city. The school was founded in 1924 and is located on two adjacent sites. The Prep/1/2 classes and administration centre are located at the Brooke Street site and the 3 – 6 classes and specialist facilities are at the Clarke Street site.

Buildings include refurbished open planned learning spaces, studio learning spaces, modular five portables, a kitchen garden centre, STEM centre and an indoor gymnasium. School grounds include a kitchen garden, playgrounds at both sites and areas for passive play and seating.

There are approximately 600 students enrolled. The Student Family Occupation Education (SFOE) index is 0.07.

The staffing profile of Westgarth Primary School includes a Principal and Assistant Principal, a leading teacher, a numeracy and English learning specialist, 25 classroom teachers, 6 specialist teachers, 13 Education Support (ES) staff in various roles.

Our school values are:

  • Respect: We appreciate diversity and the worth in others
  • Integrity: We aim to be consistently honest and trustworthy
  • Excellence (Being your best): We accept the challenge of new learning and always try our best
  • Working together: We work with others to achieve and promote the involvement and contribution of all
  • Responsibility: We recognise we are accountable for our actions towards ourselves, others and the environment

It is our aim to:

  • Improve learning growth in literacy and numeracy
  • Empower all students as learners and leaders
  • Enhance student collaboration, inclusion and positive relationships in a supportive community

Our Focus is on:

  • Excellence in teaching and learning - Building practice excellence / Curriculum planning and assessment / Evidence-based high impact teaching strategies
  • Professional leadership - Instructional and shared leadership / Vision, values and culture
  • Positive climate for learning - Empowering students and building school pride / Intellectual engagement and self-awareness / Setting expectations and promoting inclusion
  • Community engagement in learning – Parents and carers as partners

Our school provides an approved curriculum framework aligned to the Victorian Curriculum. There are specialist classes in performing arts (music), visual arts/Spanish, physical education, Spanish language, and a kitchen garden program.

Our school provides an accredited Out of School Hours Care Program and an array of extra-curricular programs including, clubs such as chess and sporting opportunities such as triathlon.

Our school has a visiting psychologist, speech therapist and links with allied health services to meet the needs of students and families. External consultancy services are available for families on site.

The school community supports the school through partnerships in school programs, fund raising events and social events.

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.


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

26 Oct, 2021