Classroom Teacher in English and Humanities - Warracknabeal Secondary College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Warracknabeal VIC, Australia
  • 17 May, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching – Secondary

Job Description

Job ID 1226261
Location Warracknabeal Secondary College
Department Warracknabeal Secondary College
Role Type Secondary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part-Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 05/27/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 07/12/2021
End Date 09/17/2021
Hours 38.00
Contact Name Therese Allen
Phone 03 5398 1433
School Website warracksc.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Warracknabeal Secondary College is a rural government school based in a prosperous country town in the heart of Victoria’s wheat belt. Due to the closest secondary college being at least 55 kilometres away, Warracknabeal Secondary College services an extensive rural community in the Yarriambiack Shire. Warracknabeal has approximately 2,500 residents, which is situated 60 kilometres north of Horsham (population of approximately 18,000.) The town is situated on the Henty Highway, by the gum-lined banks of the Yarriambiack Creek. The town’s name derives from an Aboriginal expression relating to the large red gums along the creek. It is approximately a four-hour drive from Melbourne.

We are a vision-oriented school, with our own mission and values. We aim to empower students who come to Warracknabeal Secondary College to ‘be able to choose a life that has meaning.’ We reinforce our values of Honesty, Excellence, Respect, Resilience and Perseverance through awarding students with Young Achiever Awards for displaying these values. Being part of a close community, results in a strong relationship centred education, based on high expectations of behaviour and learning.

In 2020, there are approximately 180 fulltime students enrolled. Most of our students live in town with approximately 30% arriving by bus across five bus routes. There is a strong sporting culture in the school with many students and staff playing at local clubs. Some of the sports offered in Warracknabeal include:

Football, Netball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Roller Derby, Boxing, Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Table Tennis and Swimming.

There are currently 22 EFT (Effective Full Time) teachers, which includes the Principal, Assistant Principal and three Leading Teachers supported by 6 Education Support Staff. We have several staff who are local to Warracknabeal or the greater region. The staffing profile is complemented by teachers from the ‘Teach for Australia’ program and ‘Melbourne University Graduate’ Program.

Warracknabeal Secondary College has a strong commitment to the implementation of an agreed Instructional model (the 3E model), Learning practices and School Wide Positive behaviours. We use data to inform our decisions, both at a strategic level and at a classroom level.

ICT is embedded through the curriculum, as the school has a BYOD (bring your own device) program. We extensively use Edmodo for sharing of information, communicating with and providing feedback to students and parents, as well as submitting work. The school also utilises the Xuno student management system.

We are committed to a rigorous and diverse curriculum for those with academic and/or practical pathways. Year 7-9 is based on the Victorian Curriculum. English, Mathematics and Personal Development are core subjects.

Students also can modify their timetable to support their individual pathway. In the senior years we are committed to providing as many opportunities for our students as possible. We run a three year VCE program, beginning in Year 10, in order to increase subject options for students. We usually have small Year 12 classes and we support students enrolled in virtual classes or subjects by Distance Education.

For students following a practical pathway, we have a rigorous VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program with strong links with the local community for work placements. VET (Vocational Education & Training) is operated out of Horsham, which provides many opportunities to prepare for the workforce.

We also have a Hands On Learning group that operates where students give back to the College and the community through practical improvements and social enterprise. This program enhances our extensive and well-maintained grounds and provides an avenue for students to connect more strongly with their school.

Each classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard to enhance learning opportunities. The current buildings cater for a larger student population, resulting in students being able to feel more comfortable and have access to larger classrooms and grounds.

In 2020 the school obtained a funding allocation of $19.8 million to complete the relocation to the Primary School site along with the Special Development School. This exciting ‘Education Precinct’ development is intended to be completed by 2023 and the staff and students will be relocating to this site. Staff and students will be teaching and learning in ‘state of the art’ facilities purpose built to meet our needs.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the team at Warracknabeal Secondary College, as a staff member.

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.

Subject

English and Literature, History and Social Sciences

School Type

Secondary

Job Closing Date

27 May, 2021