Classroom Teacher - Mildura West Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Mildura VIC 3500, Australia
  • 14 Sep, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1239407
Location: Mildura West Primary School
Department: Mildura West Primary School
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: 01/28/2022
End Date: 01/26/2023
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Anne Robinson
Phone: 035/023-1336
School Website: www.mildurawestps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Mildura West Primary is an exciting school. Our students really do have an active role in their education. Parent participation is promoted through regular communication and an “open door” policy. Teachers, parents/carers and students, work together to ensure a quality education is provided for all. Resilience, Respect, Excellence and Pride are the school values which are truly kept “alive” each day.

Our school, established in 1922, is one of the largest state primary schools in the Mildura Rural City Council. We have approximately 400 students, with many nations represented. We celebrate our diversity and the richness it brings to our school community.

Mildura West teachers are always learning because they want to be the very best teachers possible. They read professionally and every week they collaborate in highly effective Professional Learning Teams. They learn with and from each other, engaging in regular classroom observation, giving and receiving feedback. They plan together, ensuring the curriculum is robust and differentiated. Our experienced and talented teachers coach their colleagues, building the capacity of all staff.

Our School is very proud to be part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in the real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.

We focus on the core areas of literacy and numeracy but we also equip our students for the 21st century. We do so by teaching our students to understand themselves as learners. They learn what effective learners do and how to manage their own learning. Our students learn to collaborate, to work independently and to be critical thinkers. They are also taught to be ethical, critical users of ICT (Information and Communications Technology). Children in grades three to six use I-pads to enhance their learning. Our environmental programs are outstanding, receiving many awards at local, regional, state and national levels.

The International Baccalaureate offers high quality programmes of international education that shares a powerful vision. IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond the intellectual development and academic success.

The school has 31 teachers equivalent to 28 fulltime positions, 3 Principal class staff members, 1 Primary Welfare Officer and 17 Education Support staff whose time fraction equates to 11.5 fulltime positions. 

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.