Job ID: 1228229
Location: Thomastown Secondary College
Department: Thomastown Secondary College
Role Type: Secondary Teacher
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Classroom Teacher
Apply By: 06/17/2021
Begin Date: 07/12/2021
End Date: 07/11/2028
Contact Name: Leonie White
Phone: 03 9465 0844
School Website: www.thomassc.vic.edu.au
Thomastown Secondary College has a unique and proud history. Designed in 1971 on a mini-College model with a strong focus on engagement and student voice, we have retained our core values while responding to the changing needs of our community and that of the broader society. Central to our core values is the pursuit of Individual Excellence for each member of the College and this is embedded in our rich learning environment which values and supports diversity, excellence and teamwork. We foster a spirit of mutual respect and support, where every student is expected to strive to reach his or her potential. The College mission is to empower students to develop strong social, emotional and academic skills essential for all citizens in this global world and we encourage all students to participate in shaping and improving our learning environment while taking every opportunity to participate in enrichment and extension programs.
Founded on the understanding that effective Colleges are centred on the individual student as a learner and as a person, the vertically structured curriculum and distinct teaching teams in each of the Year 7-10 mini-Colleges allows enrichment at all year levels and in all learning areas. Underpinning this belief is the unique Home Group structure, which provides each student with the same teacher-mentor from Year 7 to Year 10. This supports a dynamic partnership between students, Home Group teacher and parents and provides continuity and effective monitoring of the social, emotional and academic needs of each student.
The College works to provide senior education for all students in a comprehensive and inclusive structure. A separate senior mini-College encourages an adult approach to learning. Students complete their VCE, selecting from a variety of models on offer including a combinations with VET, Work Placements and three- year programs. This flexibility allows students to complete their VCE to their best standard while also allowing them to meet the financial and personal needs of their families and their individual circumstances. The VCE successful completion rate and the percentage of students taking up tertiary offers are above the State median.
The College has a staff of 60 consisting of 44 EFT teachers and 16 EFT support staff. This strong growth in student numbers enables us to strengthen and broaden curriculum while sharpening our focus on each students individual need for a strong, positive connectedness combined with personal encouragement to achieve continual growth in both knowledge and skills
Thomastown Secondary College provides a safe and friendly learning environment as evidenced in the Attitude to School Survey over many years. There is a strong emphasis on celebrating the diversity of our community not only through our formal celebrations but continually in our day-to-day interaction. A strong level of connectedness, student motivation and successful post school transition are all evidence of this.
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 behaviors 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 ability to support the philosophical framework of the College through collaboration within a mini school structure.
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:
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 organization of co-curricular activities.
The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:
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.