Classroom Teacher - Pinewood Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Mount Waverley VIC 3149, Australia
  • 15 Sep, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1239966
Location: Pinewood Primary School
Department: Pinewood Primary School
Role Type: Primary Teacher
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Classroom Teacher
Apply By: 09/28/2021

Other Information
Begin Date: 01/28/2022
End Date: 01/27/2023
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Karen Jenkin
Phone: 8847 3200
School Website: www.pinewood-ps.vic.gov.au

Location Profile

Pinewood Primary School situated in Mount Waverley is proud of our history of outstanding achievement. We continue to provide high quality education to students from various backgrounds and with a range of educational needs and abilities.

The school has a current enrolment of 873 students. Pinewood is set in a peaceful environment of natural, landscaped grounds.

We have a reputation for high academic achievement in English and Maths but also place a high emphasis on sport, physical education, STEM and the Arts. The School Strategic Plan emphasises Literacy, Numeracy and the skills required for our students to be 21st Century Learners. Developing high quality ICT skills through an inclusive curriculum will enable students to thrive in an Inquiry Based learning environment. All year levels have access to sets of iPads in addition to desktop and notebook computers.

High school connectedness levels are a result of a highly supportive and enthusiastic community, an effective School Council, committees and a Parents Association which successfully coordinates a range of community and fund raising activities. Parents participate in school maintenance activities and contribute directly to learning programs such as literacy, numeracy, sport and school camps and excursions. A strong partnership between home and school encourages school community members to work together to provide a quality educational facility for the Pinewood community.

A strong culture of teamwork exists within the staff team at Pinewood. Teams of teachers work together, actively sharing knowledge and expertise and providing support and feedback to one another. Professional learning is collaborative with a focus on whole school improvement through the development of individual teaching capacity. More recently, we have placed an emphasis on explicit teaching, assessment, and student feedback and differentiated learning tasks. Enrichment and support occurs in each classroom and through external programs including Reading Recovery and English as an Additional Language (EAL) intervention. Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities.

We place great emphasis on providing a caring and supportive environment for students, staff and parents. Our whole school values are Respect, Self-Confidence, Optimism, Integrity and Responsibility. We encourage students and staff to reach their individual potential by recognising and rewarding achievement, effort and excellence and sharing our learning. We promote student wellbeing through a proactive focus on relationship development utilising Restorative Practices, providing opportunities for students to develop qualities and life skills through the explicit teaching of our school values as well as an emphasis on resilience, team work, problem solving, creativity and innovation.

The grounds of Pinewood Primary School are extremely well maintained. Large areas of synthetic turf, quiet garden spots and naturally shaded grounds feature highly and encourage all members of the school and community to be part of a continually developing, sustainable environment.

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.