Classroom Teacher - Doncaster Gardens Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Doncaster East VIC 3109, Australia
  • 13 Sep, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1239164
Location: Doncaster Gardens Primary Sch
Department: Doncaster Gardens Primary Sch
Role Type: Primary Teacher
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Classroom Teacher
Apply By: 09/26/2021

Other Information
Begin Date: 10/04/2021
End Date: 12/29/2021
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Carolyn Elliot
Phone: 03 9848 5282
School Website: https://www.dgps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Doncaster Gardens Primary School is situated in an established eastern residential suburb of Melbourne. The school is in a restricted enrolment zone with an enrolment of 750 students. We celebrate and embrace our truly multicultural school community with our students originating from 33 different nationalities. The school also caters for a small number of international students.

Our school SFOE is .15 and there are approximately 70 staff in a mixture of full time and part time roles. The school currently has 33 classes and Specialist classes consisting of Music, Performing Art (Music and Drama), Physical Education, Visual Arts and LOTE (Chinese Mandarin). Extension classes in Numeracy in addition to Literacy Support and English as a Second Language provide opportunities for students to ‘be their best’. Extra curricula opportunities such as Dancing, Chess, Tennis, Public Speaking, Choir, Orchestra, Instrumental Music, Tennis and Basketball tap into student’s passions and build strong, confident citizens. The development of a STEAM Centre enables teams to access the Maker Space and ICT Centre each week whilst a BYOD program for Year 3 – 6 students provides opportunities for Robotics, Coding and a multifaceted approach to learning.

Academically our school achieves outstanding results and this is driven through a commitment to high expectations, monitoring and responding to data, implementing best practice and teaching each child at ‘point of need’. At Doncaster Gardens, all practises within the school are driven by our vision to achieve high standards and have high expectations “To Be the Best We Can Be”. The values which underpin the actions of the whole school community are: compassion, curiosity, creativity and courage. Teachers plan in teams using one work program and there is a strong use of learning intentions, success criteria and individual learning goals to drive individual student improvement. A clear instructional model is embedded in the structure of the lessons we teach.

The school’s Strategic Plan priorities are:-

  • Development of a consistent instructional model throughout the school
  • Developing problem solving and thinking skills through S.T.E.M
  • Using data to drive improved student outcomes
  • Development of a consistent literacy program that promotes creativity of thought

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-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.