Graduate Teacher - English/Humanities

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • 17/12/2020
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching

Job Description

Location Profile

Werribee Secondary College is a highly regarded school in the Wyndham Education Precinct. A consequence of the College's outstanding results in VCE, IB (International Baccalaureate), VCAL and NAPLAN is that applications for enrolments far exceed the Colleges intake capacity. Werribee SC students have enjoyed recognition such as VCE All-rounder, IB High Achievers and VCAL competition winners. More recently, 97 % of the College's senior students have achieved tertiary pathways. Werribee Secondary College has over 70 International Students who have selected the College to complete their secondary education.

The College is a TAASS accredited provider of a Select Entry Learning program, which operates across the curriculum in years 7- 12. The College attained accreditation as an International School with the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2006 and in 2013 became the first state secondary college in Victoria to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and authorised to offer the Diploma Program (DP) of the IB. Werribee Secondary College has instilled a culture which embraces hard work, academic achievement and learning growth. All students wear the traditional uniform of blazer, shirt and tie.

The College has implemented a number of curriculum structures and programs which have further enhanced an exciting teaching and learning environment. The ENGAGE Teaching and Learning cycle embeds the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) and is a research- based pedagogical framework that the College has implemented based on evidence gathered from the students and the school community. In 2020, the college will embark on the implementation of the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) using the inquiry cycle to achieve continuous learning growth.

A broad range of co-curricular activities includes amongst others, music, drama, chess, debating, public speaking and Leadership Programs. Further leadership opportunities for male and female students are provided through the College's Australian Army Cadet Unit, which was formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard in early 2012 and is only the 2nd school based AAC Unit in a Victorian state school.

A re-building program upgraded the level of many facilities in 2010 and these have been augmented by the completion of a new Recital and Performance Centre in early 2016 and the construction of a further $7 million-dollar stage completed in late 2018.

Resources, Wellbeing and other Features

The College has implemented a BYODD program across all Year levels. All classrooms are equipped with projectors. There is a well-resourced Student Wellbeing and Leadership Program which is implemented through a House system and a weekly Pastoral Leadership program. The College's resources are well allocated and provisioned. The College also enjoys a healthy financial status.

The Colleges modern facilities include 5 new Science rooms, a Music recital centre and auditorium, flexible English and Humanities area and a Numeracy block. These spaces provide for dynamic learning experiences across Year 7-12.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum, including the capacity to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated capacity to respond to student learning needs.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to implement high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3 Demonstrated capacity to monitor and assess student learning. Demonstrated capacity to use data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4 Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated capacity to reflect upon practice and engage in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.

Role

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

Core responsibilities include:

  • Planning and implementing a range of teaching programs or courses of study
  • Teaching an area of the curriculum or a general curriculum to a year level
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting student progress in key learning areas
  • Implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student learning outcomes
  • Maintaining records of class attendance and recording student progress
  • Implementing effective student management consistent with the school charter.
  • Working with a mentor to participate in professional development planning, implementation and reflection developing a professional portfolio

Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising a range of student activities including support and welfare programs
  • Contributing to a range of co-curricular programs

Who May Apply

For the purpose of the Teacher Graduate Recruitment Program, graduate applicant eligibility is defined as a four-year trained qualified teacher who has completed all course requirements and graduated within the last four years; and not employed as a teacher by the Department at the time of the commencement of the advertised vacancy. Applicants must also be currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

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

Other Information

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

Application Instructions

Applicants may structure applications in the manner they choose, but should ensure that the following are addressed and included:

  • A Cover Letter
  • A response to the key selection criteria and position details.
  • a CV with a summary of experience and qualifications
  • the names and contact details of three referees in relation to the key selection criteria

Please submit an application through Online Registration at www.education.vic.gov.au/schooljobs

Applicants may apply with an emailed copy of their application to werribee.sc@education.vic.gov.au.

Further information about the College is available on our Website (www.werribeesc.vic.edu.au) including the “College Strategic Plan”.

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