Classroom Teacher, Range 2 - Merri Creek Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Fitzroy North VIC 3068, Australia
  • 13 Sep, 2021

Job Description

Job ID 1239346
Location Merri Creek Primary School
Department Merri Creek Primary School
Role Type Primary Teacher
Full/Part-Time Full Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term
Classification Classroom Teacher Range 2
Apply By 09/26/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 08/23/2021
End Date 09/17/2021
Hours 15.20
Contact Name Kerri Gibson
Phone 03 9481 0177
School Website www.merricreekps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Merri Creek Primary School was established in 1891 and is situated on the banks of Merri Creek in Fitzroy North, an inner urban Melbourne suburb. Currently, enrolment is 445 students. Classes include Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and composite 5-6 groupings.

The school strategic planning reflects the school community’s high expectations for literacy and numeracy learning and through engaging students to be curious, innovative, globally aware and contributing citizens. Inquiry based learning is beginning to be explored. Merri Creek Primary School strives to provide a student-centred, stimulating learning environment that promotes rigour, curiosity, diversity and actively engages students in their learning through developing their physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

We are proud to be an accredited sustainable school and actively engage in energy saving and waste reduction practices.

Specialist teachers provide Italian Language program, Music program (rock bands and musical performances), a Visual Arts program and Library. Merri Creek Primary School students are very creative, and we proudly celebrate their talents through displaying their work and conducting music performances at weekly assembly. We have a school musical and arts festival on alternate years.

All class teachers work together in their teaching and learning teams to provide Physical Education. The teaching staff share ideas, knowledge and plan together in professional learning teams focused on team and whole school planning and improvement. Students in Years 3, 4 and 5/6 participate in annual camps, 5/6 students participate in inter-school sports, Foundation – Year 6 students participate in swimming lessons annually. An Out of School Hours Music program employs teachers of piano, flute, violin, guitar, drums, voice and recorder to teach students after school in individual or shared lessons.

The school values are CARE – Creativity, Acceptance of diversity and difference, Responsibility and Effort and school rules simply allow everyone to learn and to feel safe at school.

Community

We have a community of families who collaborate for the benefit of all the students, school programs and facilities. Parents, carers and grandparents participate in a wide range of ways in the daily life of Merri Creek Primary School. These include formal and informal participation through membership of School Council and its committees; working in classroom programs; actively working to improve the physical environment; fundraising and assisting with parent information and education. The high level of parent involvement in the school is greatly valued and encouraged.

Selection Criteria

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

SC2 Demonstrated high level of ability to plan for and 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 high level of ability to monitor and assess student learning. Demonstrated high level of ability to use data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4 Demonstrated high level of interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated high level of ability to establish and maintain 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 high level of ability to reflect upon practice and engage 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.