Classroom Teacher - Melton West Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Melton West VIC 3337, Australia
  • 23 Nov, 2021

Job Description

Job ID 1254776 Location Melton West Primary School  Department Melton West Primary School Role Type Primary Teacher Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties Full/Part Time Part-Time Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term Classification Classroom Teacher Apply By 12/06/2021 Other Information   Begin Date 01/28/2022 End Date 01/26/2023 Hours 22.80 Contact Name Michelle Costa Phone 97435818 School Website www.meltonwestps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Melton West Primary School is located in the township of Melton, approximately 38 kilometres from Melbourne. Enrolments have stabilised, with a current enrolment of 560 students. The school has established its reputation amongst the community as a vibrant, committed, professional school community that has a clear direction on continuous improvement.

Melton West Primary School believes in high levels of learning for all. We hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our school and base all our decisions on what’s best for the students. Our commitment is drawn from our School Vision which is to collectively strive to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students so they can achieve their full potential. We believe in creating an inclusive school environment that is nurturing and forward thinking and that is a place where students feel safe, valued and listened to. This approach is reflected in our school guiding principles, which form the basis of our decisions and help us to positively shape our school environment to ensure we reflect this. We have put in place a series of structures, programs and processes designed to promote student engagement, improve student attendance and enhance student connectedness. The school values of Communication, Respect, Trust and Teamwork underpin the way in which we, as a community, interact to ensure children are supported and safe.

All members of the Melton West Primary School staff demonstrate a strong commitment to keeping up to date with the latest educational research with many working alongside our school based coaches and consultants. We have continued our work of using a whole-school approach to Literacy and Numeracy, enabling all students to have a smooth transition between year levels. We work as a Professional Learning Community, where teachers meet multiple times a week to discuss student data and plan for their individual needs, including the use of proficiency scales to ensure differentiation occurs.

The successful applicant will be an exemplary classroom teacher who has a passion for continuous learning and who demonstrates the capacity to be an active member of the school community. They will have a proven capacity of success and a demonstrated capacity to align their instructional practice to whole school practice in summary this includes:

All lessons are taught using a lesson structure known as the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. Every lesson has a clearly articulated purpose. There is a stage of the lesson where the teacher explicitly introduces the purpose and intentions of the lesson to the students; there is a phase where there is collaborative practice; a stage where this is independent practice and a stage where the session is brought to a conclusion through student reflection. While the students are undertaking independent practice the teacher undertakes small group instruction or individual conferencing that is based on ongoing assessment of learner needs and includes goal setting. This is the practice that occurs in every classroom across the school.

Teachers knowing their students. They know their strengths, interests, weaknesses and have an understanding of any factors that may impact on their learning. They have a significant role in enhancing the resiliency and well-being of students within their grade and their cohort. They build a sense of community in their classrooms where every student experiences a sense of belonging.

Teachers carefully monitor and track student learning. A range of assessment tools are used to gain evidence of learning. Teachers collect ongoing evidence of student learning and use it for future planning and to assist them to identify and monitor personal learning goals for their students.

We seek teachers who are highly skilled practitioners, resilient and committed to the work of a Professional Learning Community.

Melton West Primary School will apply a thorough and rigorous screening processes in the recruitment of employees and volunteers involved in child-connected work. Our commitment to child safety and our screening requirements are included in all advertisements for such employee, contractor and volunteer positions, and all applicants are provided with copies of the school’s Child Safety Code of Conduct and the Child Safety Policy.

Applicants wishing to find out information about the school or the position may contact the Principal, Michelle Costa, via email on: michelle.costa@education.vic.gov.au

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.

SC6 Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the chinese Mandarin language in order to effectively deliver a high quality, engaging LOTE program.

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.