Classroom Teacher - English

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • 09/12/2020
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching

Job Description

Location Profile

COLLEGE PROFILE

Greater Shepparton Secondary College was formed by the merger of four secondary colleges in Shepparton and Mooroopna, as part of the Shepparton Education Plan. A new College is currently under construction in Hawdon St, Shepparton. This will be completed and ready for occupation in 2022. In the interim period, three of the current school sites are being utilised as campuses of the new school entity. A rural annex is also being added to serve the needs of the students requiring more supports than are available in the mainstream settings.

Greater Shepparton City Council (GSCC), located 180 kilometres north of Melbourne, with a population of 66,000, is the fifth-largest city in regional Victoria and consists of Shepparton City, Mooroopna and Tatura. 75% of the municipality’s population live in Shepparton and Mooroopna. The area is a culturally and linguistically diverse community with almost one quarter of the population born overseas, including recent arrivals and refugees from Africa and the Middle East. It has Victoria’s largest concentration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people outside of Melbourne. There are over 6,000 businesses and a workforce of 30,000.

The establishment of the new secondary college in Shepparton is the initial phase of the Shepparton Education Plan, which aims to improve educational outcomes for P-12 and beyond. The plan will improve transitions, pathways and opportunities for students through improving teacher capacity, resources and a contemporary school infrastructure. The Shepparton Education Plan and the creation of a revitalised secondary school model is the outcome of longer-term work by schools and consultation with the community to collaboratively improve learning opportunities, community engagement and educational outcomes.

The development of the new secondary college in Shepparton provides exciting opportunities for the successful applicant to contribute to the transformation of secondary curriculum, pedagogy and student connection and to build community participation and ownership of the new school.

On completion, the school will include:

  • Approximately 2500 students arranged in nine houses of 300 year 7-12 students.
  • New school facilities with contemporary shared teaching and learning spaces and specialist areas
  • Hubs for specialist subject delivery, including a STEM Centre of Excellence, and student wellbeing

The location of the new College is the site of the existing Shepparton High School in Hawdon Street, Shepparton. The site offers many opportunities being in close proximity to the Shepparton Campuses of Latrobe and Melbourne Universities and Goulburn Ovens TAFE, and to commercial and cultural precincts. This will support the development of student pathway options and community engagement.

This is a significant career opportunity to reframe the trajectory of a community through prioritising the education of its young people with a focus on creating high quality engagement, pedagogy and facilities.

The transformational change involved in the development of the new secondary college will require an applicant with skills that support a high level of engagement and consultation with students, staff, parents and the broader community as the culture, learning focus and organisation of the campus are developed, implemented and refined.

It will need a proven educational leader with high level educational leadership skills and experiences who has the capacity to lead the campus and create a positive educational culture of the campus, while also being a strong contributor to the Senior Leadership Team of Greater Shepparton Secondary College.

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-curricula 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 classroom 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.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

VIT LANTITE

To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.

Subject

English and Literature  

School Type

Secondary