Classroom Teacher - Macedon Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Macedon VIC, Australia
  • 04 May, 2022

Job Description

Job ID 1276803
Location Macedon Primary School
Department Macedon Primary School
Role Type Primary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 05/16/2022
Other Information  
Begin Date 06/06/2022
End Date 01/09/2023
Hours 38.00
Contact Name Matthew Forrest
Phone 03 5426 1518
School Website www.macedonps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Macedon Primary School is located in the foothills of Mount Macedon, 60 kilometres north-west of Melbourne and 8 kilometres from Gisborne. It serves the semi-rural community of Macedon. Established in 1869, the school maintains a current enrolment of around 260 students mainly drawn from the local area and the area south of Woodend. Macedon is a middle class community and there is limited mobility of students during the year.

The school was rebuilt in 2003 incorporating part of the original building. Currently the school has eleven classrooms, a library and a multipurpose room. The administration unit and the multi-purpose room are located in the re-furbished original building. The building beside the basketball court comprises an art room, kitchen and multipurpose room. This building was completed in 2011 and was named The John Curtin Building after the late Prime Minister who was educated here at the turn of the 20th century.

The school buildings are set in well maintained, landscaped, native gardens. The spacious grounds include Middle Gully Reserve, a unique feature of the school, providing an extensive area dedicated to outdoor and environmental learning experiences. This area also forms an important part of the school's camping program.

The development of the outdoor playground equipment provides the children with exciting areas for active recreation, as well as many quiet areas in the school grounds for more passive recreation. In addition the school maintains a five hectare pine plantation nearby which provides further enrichment for our students and a financial resource for the school. The school has been a proud winner of the State Garden Award on many occasions.

Students share a warm and trusting relationship with a dedicated teaching staff, consisting of nine full time and six part time teachers, and four Education Support staff. The school promotes excellence in all aspects of learning with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy skills whilst still developing the whole child. The staff plan, assess and reflect in regular PLTs to maximise the contribution and expertise of all. Parental participation is encouraged and welcomed in all aspects of the school's operation. A Student Council provides opportunity for the students to participate in the school's decision making process.

We are a KidsMatter school, where we promote positive mental health and wellbeing through whole school initiatives, including weekly lessons which explicitly teach social and emotional learning to all students.

The school motto, “Caring, Learning, Sharing”, encapsulates the ethos of the school community and the following School Purpose Statement underpins the strategic direction and decisions that are made to improve the School as a learning community:

School Purpose Statement

  • To provide comprehensive and innovative programs to enable our children to reach their full potential and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners.
  • To develop in children a sense of resilience and the ability to value themselves and others.
  • To encourage the qualities of initiative, persistence and excellence to be successful in an ever changing world.

School Values

The following school values outline the behaviours and attitude we hope to see in all members of the school community to foster the ideal learning environment for the students:

  • Respect: Caring for yourself, others, property and the environment
  • Responsibility: Being accountable for your words and actions
  • Creativity: Producing original ideas and using your imagination
  • Integrity: Being honest, sincere and trustworthy
  • Teamwork: Working together, sharing and learning collaboratively

The School Council and the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) are committed to maintaining and improving the school and its facilities for the benefit of the children. Before and After School Programs (OSHC) are available to care for students outside school hours.

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.

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.