Classroom Teacher in Science - Preston High School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Preston VIC 3072, Australia
  • 15 Sep, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1239369
Location: Preston High School
Department: Preston High School
Role Type: Secondary Teacher
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Ongoing
Classification: Classroom Teacher
Apply By: 10/03/2021

Other Information
Begin Date: 01/28/2022
End Date: 
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Rohan McCarthy
Phone: 0432 474 808
School Website: https://phs.vic.edu.au/

Location Profile

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with our Principal teams, teachers and community to create our new school. Preston High School is a co-educational secondary school that opened its doors to the first intake of Year 7s in 2019 and will grow rapidly until 2024 at which time the school will be Yr7-12.

Housed in a newly refurbished 1920s 2-storey red-brick school building, Preston High School is located in the heart of Preston and adjacent to the Preston Town Hall, Library, Market, High St and all Public Transport. The school’s designated neighbourhood boundary encompasses parts of Preston, Thornbury, Reservoir.

  • The school’s mission is: Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders.
  • The school’s motto is: Lead, Explore, Inspire.
  • The school’s values are: Excellence, Inclusion, Community.

These statements exemplify the school’s commitment to the highest aspirations for our learners, staff and school. The curriculum prepares learners for a life of success and positive community engagement in the mid-21stC by providing excellent teaching and learning in foundational disciplines alongside deep engagement in meaningful and extending projects that deliver cross-disciplinary learning opportunities. The Year 7 and 8 program includes the explicit teaching of Philosophy and of Engineering/Design Thinking as two key elements for learners’ future success. All students learn to lead, explore areas of passion and interest and undertake work that inspires them and their community.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum and associated pedagogies, and the capacity to create and evaluate curriculum programs that inspire and challenge learners. Demonstrated capacity to utilize curriculum to deliver excellence in student learning growth.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to implement high impact teaching strategies that are guided by evidence on how students learn, and to collaborate with colleagues to evaluate the impact of teaching on student learning growth.

SC3 Demonstrated skill in monitoring and assessing student learning and in using evidence of learning as feedback. Demonstrated capacity to use assessment, feedback and reporting to build excellence in learner growth.

SC4 Demonstrated high-level written and verbal communication skills as well as high-level interpersonal skills. Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with students, families, colleagues and the broader school community that promote student learning, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values, including a proven commitment to reflective practice and to continually improving the quality of teaching.

SC6 Demonstrated ability to contribute to teach in the areas required by the school and to the development of a vibrant school culture that enriches learning and provides opportunities for students to pursue their passions through their learning in contemporary contexts.

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.