English Teacher - Whittlesea Secondary College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Whittlesea VIC 3757, Australia
  • 22 Nov, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1254410 Location: Whittlesea Secondary College Department: Whittlesea Secondary College Role Type: Secondary Teacher Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties Full/Part Time: Full-Time Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term Classification: Classroom Teacher Apply By: 12/04/2021 Other Information   Begin Date: 01/27/2022 End Date: 01/26/2023 Hours: 38.00 Contact Name: Shaun Geerlings-Parker Phone: 03 9719 1200 School Website: https://www.whittleseasc.vic.edu.au/

 

Location Profile

WSC Vision: To empower students to become successful, confident and responsible contributors in a 21st century community. Whittlesea Secondary College is located in the semi-rural suburb of Whittlesea in Melbourne's north. Set in 30 acres with exceptional modern facilities, WSC delivers exciting, diverse and innovative curriculum to meet our student’s needs. Our purpose is to empower students so that they can ‘take control’ of their learning and their lives. We work together to help young people find their voice and discover their passions. We foster the growth and development of the whole person so each student can thrive and contribute positively in the rapidly changing modern world.

Our values Attitude, Application and Achievement solidifies our goal of achieving a high level of educational success in all areas of the curriculum. Whittlesea Secondary College (Years 7-12), with 800 students, it prides itself on being a well-established centre with spacious surroundings and excellent facilities. The campus enjoys an open country style atmosphere.

Whittlesea Secondary College has always taken pride in delivering exciting, diverse and innovative curriculum and has established a strong identity and tradition in fulfilling lifelong learning. Our curriculum offers a broad partnership of learning programs. Senior students have opportunities to pursue diverse pathways in VCE/VET/VCAL and School Based Apprenticeships, leading to further education in University/TAFE and vocational pathways. An operational Trade Training Centre is offering VET courses in Automotive, Engineering and Building and Construction.

The College is always striving to improve student learning in literacy and numeracy at all levels and utilises the monitoring of student assessment to address individual needs. We actively promote students to be motivated and engaged, with curiosity and creativity encouraged, enhancing student results. Improved outcomes across the school are driven by innovative curriculum and inquiry-based student learning supported by extensive computing technologies. The development and use of the COMPASS School Management System is being used to link students, teachers and parents and act as a communication tool for all. Students in Years 7-12 are informed and maximise career opportunities through the career program in line with the Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework.

The College has 80 staff members including three Principal Class.

School community involvement is nurtured at Whittlesea Secondary College with many groups of parents and community members being actively involved in curriculum and extracurricular programs. These programs include Performing Arts/Music performances, sporting events including state level, Scholarship programs, College sponsorship, PAWS (Parents Association Whittlesea Secondary), Whittlesea Men's Shed, Community Health activities, development of the Whittlesea Community Garden, and the Memorial Rotunda built on site by students and community members to honour the memory of those lost in the 2009 bushfires.

At Whittlesea Secondary College we value student centred learning and facilitate and foster strong student leadership across the whole school. Students are empowered to use their knowledge to build individual pathways for their futures and embrace a collective understanding of the global world we live in.

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.