Head Teacher in English - Great Lakes College Forster Campus

$124,038 - $137,486 yearly
  • NSW Department of Education
  • Forster NSW 2428, Australia
  • 17/02/2021
Full time - Permanent Teaching – Secondary

Job Description

Position Information

Great Lakes College Forster Campus is one of the two 7-10 campuses that with the senior campus form Great Lakes College. The student population has hovered around 600 in the last three years, inclusive of an average of seventy Aboriginal students or Torres Strait Islander students.

The Campus’ staffing entitlement for 2021 is: Teachers - 54.558, which includes Principal, two Deputy Principals, eight Head Teachers, HSLO, Careers Adviser, Librarian, and School Counsellor. Non-teacher entitlement 15.482 and corporate staff which includes a Student Support Officer, Business Manager and Technical Support Officer.

The majority of the Campus’ Equity funding will be used to support the 2021-2024 Strategic Improvement Plan’s key initiatives through targeted staffing or activity implementation.

The Campus offers a high-quality education in a young adolescent learning environment, where wellbeing programs provide the support for every child’s learning successes. Beginning in 2021, in support the Campus’ Strategic Directions new externally provided teacher professional learning will focus on trauma informed and high potential and gifted teaching and learning strategies. Specific in-school professional learning for key initiatives will also have a planned strategy in the areas of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy support through improved data collection, and analysis to improve personalised and differentiated learning.

The College structure provides a wide curriculum, with many productive pathways for students, and opportunities for staff to work across the College. This could be as a College sporting team coach, curriculum teacher, on promotion, or for experience through the College staffing EOI process.

The Campus has a large support unit comprising of six classes: two emotional disturbance (ED) classes, one mild intellectual (IM), one behaviour difficulties (BD/Tut), one autism (Au) and one multi-categorical class. These classes are staffed with highly trained expert teachers and SLSOs.

Forster Campus has a diverse sporting program which encompasses both competitive and leisure-based activities. Cultural excellence is encouraged through a wide range of well-developed programs in drama, public speaking, debating, creative dance and music. The Campus enjoys strong links with the local Aboriginal community and is supported by its representatives. Forster Campus is also fully supported by the Great Lakes College Parents and Citizens Association.

Forster Campus is a part of the strong Great Lakes Learning Community which comprises of all Public Education schools in the Great Lakes. The Learning Community works collaboratively to provide opportunities for all young people to learn and grow together within a seamless educational journey.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must satisfy the teacher training and academic qualification requirements for this position. In addition to the general selection criteria,

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to lead teachers in developing and implementing high quality programs and assessment tasks that are engaging and differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Demonstrated capacity for strong, collaborative faculty leadership with a focus on management processes, to inspire and build the capacity of all faculty members, including early career teachers.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of whole school initiatives that support the cultural and educational needs of Aboriginal students.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a dynamic member of the school executive leadership team to lead initiatives that address whole school strategic directions and nurture positive, quality relationships across the school and the wider community.

General Selection Criteria

  1. Successful teaching experience with capacity to initiate improvement in teaching, learning and classroom practice
  2. Knowledge of curriculum, assessment and student welfare with the ability to lead and design quality, inclusive teaching and learning programs
  3. Educational leadership skills to build the capacity and manage the performance of individuals and teams
  4. Well developed communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships and engage students, staff and parents
  5. Ability to plan and manage resources effectively and equitably to support teaching and learning
  6. Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education policies


An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity.

Special Notes

The Eligibility Requirements for Head Teacher Positions in NSW Government Schools are located at https://policies.education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/head-teacher-eligibility-requirements-policy

Applicants are to include details of their WWCC clearance number as part of this application.


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