Classroom Teacher (Classroom Teacher)

Schools (Government)

Benalla, VIC

Posted 8/21/2019

Location Profile

SCHOOL PROFILE

Greta Valley Primary School opened in 1993 as the result of the merger of the two remaining local schools and following the closure of several others over the preceding years. As a result the children are all bussed to school from a wide area around the school comprising Greta South, Hansonville, Greta, Greta West, Lurg, Upper Lurg, 15 Mile Creek, Ryan’s Creek, Upper Ryan’s Creek and Molyullah. These far flung districts support two major centres, Wangaratta and Benalla. Our exit students will complete secondary school at any one of five secondary schools in one of these two locations. Our intake of prep students each year may have attended any one of nine different kindergartens. Parents work in either city if they commute to work, or have local employment or rural businesses. They support four different local fire brigades, several different football teams, churches in a number of centres and community activities in their own local districts. Many of our families have only met one another through the Greta Valley Primary School. In all other aspects of their daily life they have a common link with only a section of our wider school community.

The support the school receives from our families is fabulous. They are committed to creating and maintaining the best possible local school they can. Fund raising is enormous with between 10-15% of our cash budget created by locally raised funds. Working bees are very well attended and our grounds are well maintained and improving every year as a result. Support is evident in classroom programs and curriculum programs such as our outdoor education activities.

Our 2018 enrolment is 55. The students are broken into three cohorts - Foundation/1, Grade 2/3 and Grade 4/5/6. Our weekly specialist programs include Italian and Music and fortnightly we have a mobile Art and Library van visit.

Our school has made outdoor education a major feature of its curriculum, with a strong belief that our children benefit enormously from this program. They are able to practise the very important life skills of persistence, organisation, resilience, getting along and confidence through these activities. Their overall level of fitness is raised and they are highly engaged in school as a result of the extensive program.

Greta Valley is one of five schools in the King Valley cluster and we share time together for sport, curriculum enrichment, planning and professional development. Our school is a member of the Ovens and Murray Network which also offers curriculum and professional support, shared planning and professional development. These two avenues of contact with the wider teaching community are very important for our small staff to develop and extend their professional knowledge and support.

ADDED TO REGULAR, DIFFERENTIATED LITERACY AND NUMERACY LESSONS GRETA VALLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL ALSO PROVIDES:

  • Comprehensive use of ICT by the students.
  • Outdoor Education Program.
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
  • Staff participation in continuing education programs.
  • Education designed for the individual student.
  • Reinforcement of life skills that emphasise persistence, consideration, confidence, organisation and continuous individual improvement.
  • Language Other Than English - Italian.
  • Physical Education.
  • Music Specialist.
  • Visiting Art and Library Vans with specialist teachers.
  • Significant support for children with Special Needs

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


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


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

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http://www.northeastvictorianjobs.com.au/job/12640050