Teacher - Oakwood School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Frankston VIC, Australia
  • 18 Nov, 2021
Full time - Permanent Teaching - Secondary

Job Description

Job ID: 1253718
Location: Oakwood School [Multiple Location Campus]
Department: Oakwood School
Role Type: Secondary Teacher
Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Ongoing
Classification: Classroom Teacher
Apply By: 12/01/2021
Other Information  
Begin Date: 01/28/2022
End Date:  
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Rhonda Warburton
Phone: 97037404
School Website: www.oakwoodschool.vic.edu.au


Location Profile

This position is currently located at the Frankston Campus

We believe that all students should be able to thrive in mainstream school however we know that for a small percentage of students this is not always possible. Oakwood School provides opportunities for young people, of secondary school age who have disengaged from school or where a mainstream school learning environment is seen to be inappropriate to meet the young person’s needs

The background of students at Oakwood School is diverse but they have in common the experience of trauma in their lives through for example, violence, family breakdown and associated mental health issues. Often young people have not engaged in learning as a result of chronic anxiety, or specific learning or language difficulties.

Young people seeking enrolment at Oakwood School will usually be connected with a range of mental health, child protection or youth workers but have been disconnected for some time from schools and teachers.  Oakwood School provides a safe and supportive learning environment that enables young people to reconnect with teachers and learning as embodied in Oakwood’s intent of “Learning, Respect and Empowerment”.

We believe that all students would like to be attending school and learning. We have a further strong belief that “students will give the best that they have got”, in other words, if they could do better at school, they would.  The intention of Oakwood School is to re-introduce students to learning to the extent that they are able to be successful and to build upon these successes to develop their learning potential and journey to a successful adult pathway.

The program is centred around a developmentally responsive personalised learning and pathway plan with a focus on the development of literacy, numeracy, social development, pursuing student’s interests and studies of Art and Physical Education. 

Oakwood School has campuses in Caulfield Park, Noble Park and Frankston and satellite schools at community venues in Hastings, Rosebud, Pakenham and Mornington.

Oakwood School also runs a satellite VCAL program at Longbeach Place in Chelsea.  This is a re-engagement program where students are enrolled in a VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program at Foundation, Intermediate or Senior level.  Students also have the opportunity to complete a VET Certificate.  Delivery of the program is flexible to allow students to complete their certificate over several years, if required. This unique program is delivered in a non-mainstream educational setting and gives students the opportunity to experience success with learning.

The program at the Caulfield Park Community campus of Oakwood School includes Music, Home Economics and Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs.  Integral to the program at Caulfield Park are significant events such as camps, excursions and whole school activities.

Prior to enrolment at Oakwood School the student attends a series of meetings that enable Oakwood School staff to better understand the young person in a case managed approach alongside parents, carers and other professionals. This gradual process also allows the student time to become accustomed to the school and teachers and to become aligned with the school values and processes.  This intake process is designed to ensure that when the young person starts at Oakwood School they are prepared and ready to focus on learning.

The Oakwood School team comprises the educational leadership team of principal, campus principals, student wellbeing and teaching and learning leaders, teachers and allied health professionals, such as psychologists, mental health nurse, youth workers and administrative staff.

Oakwood School is continuing to develop across the South East Victoria Region as a coordinated approach to engaging our most vulnerable young people with learning.

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 understanding of high level educational practices in Literacy and/or Numeracy and the capacity to engage students who are at educational risk in relevant learning.


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.

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.


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Job Closing Date

01 Dec, 2021