Hands on Learning Teacher - Wangaratta High School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Wangaratta VIC 3677, Australia
  • 22 Jul, 2021

Job Description

Job ID 1232204
Location Wangaratta High School
Department Wangaratta High School
Role Type Secondary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part-Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 08/01/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 08/09/2021
End Date 12/29/2021
Hours 38.00
Contact Name Michelle Bootes
Phone 03523-0500
School Website http://www.whs.vic.edu.au/

Location Profile

The vision for Wangaratta High School is to empower all students to grow academically, socially and emotionally. An outstanding learning environment built on high expectations for success will enable all students, with support, to experience quality teaching within a positive climate for learning. Our graduates will be independent, lifelong learners who are equipped to make a positive impact on the world around them.

We are proud of our 650 students at Wangaratta High School and the variety of pathways they pursue post-secondary school.

Throughout all stages of schooling at Wangaratta High School we aim to develop learners that strive to:

  • Achieve their Personal Best
  • Be Ready to Learn
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Safe

To achieve this goal, we offer quality teaching and learning programs delivered by highly skilled, innovative and enthusiastic professionals.

Our contemporary buildings and grounds are second to none and provide a stimulating learning environment where students are able to maximize their potential.

As students transition into their schooling at Wangaratta High School, they experience a challenging curriculum designed to allow them to demonstrate their abilities and progress in their learning.

Our Year 7 to 9 programs build strong foundations for future success. We emphasise the core literacy and numeracy skills across all subjects in the curriculum and students access Italian as their language study. As they progress through the High School, students have growing opportunities to refine their own pathways by selecting an increasing number of electives.

Over the past decade, a significant amount of research has been conducted into engaging Year 9 students and preparing them for the demands in their final years of school. Wangaratta High School has responded to this research, in conjunction with our school data, to develop a Year 9 specific program centred on developing the academic, creative, physical and emotional aspects of our students. Our flagship, Community Leadership Challenge program is an engaging, inquiry based learning experience that fosters greater independence and reignites a passion for learning.

Ensuring our Year 7 students are happy, secure and confident with a strong sense of belonging is a priority for all staff at Wangaratta High School. Students are supported by a dedicated team of experienced teachers in a cluster of rooms in our dedicated Flexible Learning Centre. It is within these spaces that the majority of Year 7 classes are held allowing students to develop a sense of ownership and pride over their environment and a sense of belonging and community amongst themselves and their teachers.

As students transition into later years (Years 10-12) the opportunities to refine their pathways open up and students are provided with a diverse range of subjects from all areas of the VCE/VET and VCAL curriculums. Year 10 students are encouraged to undertake VCE/VET units of study to assist in preparing them for the rigors of a full VCE/VET program the following year.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated ability to teach a wide range of vocational skills enabling the completion of student hands on learning projects and tasks.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work productively with colleagues and the broader community to continually improve teaching and learning in relevant programs.
  3. Demonstrated high level written, oral and interpersonal skills with an ability to relate effectively with a range of stakeholders.
  4. A proven ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity at all times. With a commitment to supporting students with diverse backgrounds in alignment with school values.
  5. Demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for teaching young people and an ability to inspire students in relevant industry programs.

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.

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.