|Location||Balliang East Primary School|
|Department||Balliang East Primary School|
|Role Type||Primary Teacher|
|Ongoing/Fixed Term||Fixed Term|
|Contact Name||Caryn Fox|
Balliang East Primary School is a rural school located on the Werribee plain about 15 km south of Bacchus Marsh. The township of Balliang East consists of a public hall and the school. The surrounding properties are generally small 12-15 acre blocks. There are also several large working farms in the area which are mainly crop and sheep farms.
The school was established in 1913. Currently we cater for children from Balliang East, Rowsley, Bacchus Marsh, Wyndham Vale, Manor Lakes, Werribee, Melton and Corio. Student enrolment figures have increased over the past 5 years. Up until 2016 enrolments generally sat in the mid to high 30's, however since 2017 they have grown steadily each year. In 2022 we currently have 77 students. The success of the increase of enrolments can mainly be attributed to our Be PREPared Transition Program. Students are invited to attend 10 Prep transition sessions across Semester 2 which allows the students and their families to build a rapport with the staff and the school community and establish a sense of belonging before their school journey begins. Due to limited teaching space our aim is to keep enrolment figures manageable by keeping our total enrolments per year to around 80 students across P-6.
Our average intake of Prep students from 2014 – 16 was approximately 6 students. In 2017, this figure doubled with an intake of 13 new students and 2 students repeating, giving us a total prep enrolment of 15 students. Our ‘Be PREPared’ Transition Program attributed to this increase. Enrolment figures for 2018 are already above expected intake, with 14 tours already having taken place and 7 enrolments confirmed at this stage. This is expected to increase once the 2017 ‘Be PREPared’ program commences.
The staffing profile at Balliang East has remained fairly stable with new staff members joining the team whilst others have remained at the school providing experience and stability. The Principal has been at the school for 24 years; 10 years as a classroom teacher and 14 years as Principal Class. The current EFT of 11.50 is made up of the Principal, 8 teachers, 5 Integration Aides and a Business Manager.
All teaching staff are involved in fortnightly PLT meetings. We also hold weekly staff meetings which alternate morning and afternoon to allow the ES staff the opportunity to attend every 2nd meeting. We have an ICT committee which meets regularly and weekly planning meetings.
Balliang East Primary School is an active member of the Central Highlands Network (CHN) and the Moorabool Collegiate Group Network (MCG) The principal attends regular meetings and is currently working with other schools to develop a Community of Practice, focusing on Respectful Relationships. The MCG holds an annual Teacher’s Conference which provides Professional Development for staff across all MCG schools. We are the base school for the MARC van program and are responsible for the coordination of the program across 7 small schools. Our LOTE program has enabled joint planning and employment between 2 MCG schools.
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.
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:
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.
The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:
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.
A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.