Job ID: 1222927
OFFICER SPECIALIST SCHOOL PROFILE
Officer Specialist School is a new purpose built facility servicing the needs of students aged between 5-18, with mild to severe intellectual and associated disabilities in the shires of Cardinia and Casey; two of the fastest growing municipalities in Melbourne The school is built to cater for 272 students, and is fast approaching this number. There are 27 classrooms, visual and performance arts spaces, food technology (including the student run Shivering Chicken Café), multipurpose and withdrawal spaces and extensive therapy spaces. Areas for social gathering are also featured. With the expected growth, however, there is a likely need for these areas and spaces to be increased.
It is expected that teaching staff will work in teams that include therapists and assistants and be prepared to work with a diverse range of students.
Officer Specialist School aims to create reflective and independent learners for life through a learning community that provides a challenging and secure environment responsive to individual learning needs. We believe that effective learning occurs when outstanding and innovative teaching staff provide a variety of tasks that actively engage students who are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. The expectation is that students will be successful and enthusiastic learners capable of building positive relationships.
Officer Specialist School believes that every child, irrespective of their disability, can and will learn in an environment of dignity and respect. It is the role of the school and its community to build on a child's strengths and talents to ensure that each child reaches their full potential. The school aims to develop students who are able to contribute to, and participate in all aspects of community life in a positive way. Students will develop a wide range of skills to enable them to live enviable lives as independently as possible.
The schools mission is to create reflective and independent learners for life through a learning community that provides a challenging and secure environment responsive to individual learning needs. The expectation is that students will be successful and enthusiastic learners capable of building positive relationships.
Officer Specialist School and wider community has engaged in a comprehensive consultative conversation, to clarify its shared vision for education, appropriate for preparing students with additional learning needs for the future.
The outcomes of the consultative process are encapsulated within five key areas describing our vision:
Key underpinnings to each of these areas of our vision for the future include:
Our school will be a family friendly centre of the community. It will be inclusive, valuing the diversity of community members. All members will share responsibility for the development of an inspired, educational community of independent citizens. There will be connections, service to and support from the wider community.
We place importance on the need to be:
Learning will be maximised within a safe environment, where students feel both motivated and empowered as they strive to be the best they can be. Environmental awareness will be promoted across the school community, fostering respect for personal and communal property and our environment
Lifelong learning will be fostered for all members of the school community. It will be both collaborative and independent, following individual pathways to the future. Diverse learning styles, interests and abilities will be catered for through flexible teaching styles. Learning will be through participation in engaging, meaningful curriculum incorporating both broad curriculum and relevant life skills. It will promote creative thinking and problem solving and participation.
Technology plays an important role in accessing the curriculum for students with additional learning needs. Augmentative communication devices, switches and individually tailored computer programs provide support for student learning.
Pedagogical principles identified to support achievement of our vision are:
The child is at the centre of all learning
The school philosophy will be enacted through the following structures:
The school community has a commitment to ensuring that our students are offered a high quality education enhanced by a caring and supportive environment. Parents and members of the community at large are welcomed to the school, and encouraged to participate in a range of activities and programs, including a very active Parents and Friends Association. Much emphasis is placed on educational opportunities, inviting the community to be involved to a greater extent in the school, and establishing the school as a focal point of the community. We value our family friendly culture.
Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction. Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.
Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices. Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction. Assistance is readily available when problems arise. An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.
Does not carry responsibility for the work of others. More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.
An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.
Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1. Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.
Who May Apply
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
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