Classroom Teacher - Preston Primary School

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

Job Description

Job ID  1245338
Location  Preston Primary School
Department  Preston 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  10/27/2021
Other Information  
Begin Date  01/28/2022
End Date  01/27/2029
Hours  38.00
Contact Name  Janet Paterson
Phone  03 9470 1167
School Website  www.preston-ps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Preston Primary School is located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne in a quiet residential area some ten kilometres from the CBD. It was established in 1875 and has a rich and proud history of state education. In the 1950s it was one of the largest schools in the State. In previous times it has also been known as Tyler Street Primary. Preston Primary is unique in that it is a multi-site school. We have a separate junior school site for Foundation and Year One students who are located at the Bowden Street site, whereas our Year Two to Year Six students are located at the Tyler Street site.

Changing demographics in the area over recent years has seen an increase in enrolments and led to an enrolment cap of 750 in 2019. Student enrolments have remained relatively stable- from 741 in 2015 to 700 in 2021. Currently, the gender breakdown is 52% girls and 48% boys. The proportion of students with a Language Background Other Than English is 30%. The proportion of English as an Additional Language (EAL) students is 14%.

Preston Primary places great emphasis on academic outcomes and as such is a high-performing school. We consistently perform above state benchmarks in all areas. The school’s core objective is to develop numerate, literate and well-rounded students who have the skills, confidence and desire to continue learning throughout their lives. Our school community takes great pride in the depth of the curriculum and the quality of teaching and learning delivered by our staff.

Our school values are Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, and Learning Success. We are committed to creating an encouraging environment that promotes and supports excellence in learning, recognizes and celebrates individual success, and demonstrates respect between students, staff, parents and the wider school community. We actively promote students to take personal responsibility for their learning, social interactions, personal behaviour and belongings. All stakeholders strive to develop skills, knowledge and confidence which promote personal resilience. We foster positive mutual interaction so all stakeholders can show respect and honesty with each other.

Preston Primary puts emphasis on as small as possible straight grades. We currently have an average of 21 students per grade across the school. The allocation of resources has been directed at the employment of classroom teachers to enable us to maintain these small classes. Our commitment to small classes ensures the best possible basis upon which to build further learning.

We have- 2 Principal Class, 4 Lead Teachers, 2 Learning Specialist 34 classroom, 9 specialist teachers and 11 ESS Staff. The school believes its curriculum leaders should be classroom-based and model from the front. The school is organized into Year level teams who work closely together to plan all aspects of the curriculum.

Currently, there are 31 classroom teachers supported by 9 specialist teachers who provide a structured and broad curriculum. There is a comprehensive Physical Education program that includes one specialist session a week in Foundation to Year 6 and an inclusive sports program for Years 4 to 6. We compete against schools in our local area in interschool sport. Individual students compete in swimming, cross country and athletics sports. Summer and winter teams are selected from students in Years 5 & 6. We regularly have individuals and teams make it through to Regional and State Finals in a variety of school sports. Due to the size of the school, two teams are entered in all interschool sports. Italian is offered as a

Language Other Than English.

The school made a commitment to the development of The Arts. Over many years we have embedded the Arts into the fabric of the school. The Arts is about students developing new skills, in visual and performing Arts. An annual highlight of the school calendar is the Art Show which showcases all of the Arts programs including visual art, dance, drama and music. Students are exposed to each of the elements of the Arts Program throughout the year. This allows them to experience new activities and opportunities to develop their sense of self. Our Foundation to Year 3 students have a session of music each week and Year 4-6 students have a session of drama each week.

We are an accredited eSmart school and as such acknowledge and promote the need to educate all of our students on the safe and responsible use of technology. All Grade 5 students complete the Digital Passport program and the Grade 6 students complete the eSmart Digital License program. Cyber safety is consistently promoted across all year levels

The Before and After School Hours Program offers parents care facilities for two and a half hours before school and three hours after school. This accredited high-quality before and after-school care program caters for 150 places and is run by School Council.

At Preston Primary we are passionate about education and determined to be a school that children love to attend, where the staff is proud to work, and the aspirations of parents are met. Embedded in the culture of our school is the ethos that every child should be challenged and encouraged to reach their full potential.

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.

Conditions of Employment

This vacancy is to replace an employee on parental absence and is for a period of seven years or until the employee absent on leave returns to duty at the school.

Subject

Other Subjects

School Type

Primary

Job Closing Date

27 Oct, 2021