English Teacher - Coburg High School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Coburg VIC 3058, Australia
  • 11 May, 2022

Job Description

Job ID 1278171
Location Coburg High School
Department Coburg High School
Role Type Secondary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Ongoing
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 05/23/2022
Other Information  
Begin Date 07/11/2022
End Date  
Hours 38.00
Contact Name Brent Houghton (Acting Principal)
Phone 9353 1700
School Website www.coburg.vic.edu.au


Location Profile

In 2015 Coburg High School was re-established as a Years 7 to 12 school with the inaugural group of Year 7 students. Prior to 2015 the school was a senior-only Years 10 to 12 school for several years. In 2021 there are around 1130 students enrolled at CHS and in 2022 we expect this to grow to above 1200 students. The first cohort of Coburg High students that began in year seven graduated in 2020 with a median VCE study score of 27 and a mean study score of 28.1. We are currently running 28 different VCE subjects. Attendance rates have increased from below state average to above state average and student connection to the school is strong. The SFOE was 0.2993 in 2020.

The original Coburg High School was one of the first high schools in Melbourne and we have a long and proud history. Through the involvement of staff and students, in recent years a set of four core values have been established—Excellence, Integrity, Curiosity and Community—and these values underpin expected behaviours, policies, practices, communication and decision-making at the school.

Coburg High School is structured around a sub–school system with the student support team responsible for the engagement and wellbeing of all students. The dedicated wellbeing team has two counsellors, a mental health practitioner, school medical officer and two school based private psychologists. Coburg High School is a School–Wide Positive Behaviours School, Respectful Relationships lead school and adheres to the tenets of restorative justice. The school has undertaken significant work in establishing an online curriculum management system called Coburg Online Google Sites (COGS). Alongside the development of the COGS to establish a guaranteed and viable curriculum, the school has adopted an instructional model with the acronym GANAG. This model has the key components of goal setting (G), accessing prior knowledge (A), introducing new information (N), applying the new information (A) and finally reviewing the goal (G). Our challenge is to continue to embed the application of High-Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) within the instructional model paradigm, underpinned by a comprehensive program of professional learning to ensure that strategies are implemented with rigour and fidelity.

As outlined in the School Strategic Plan, the school’s central purpose is to foster voice and agency and equip students them with skills for lifelong learning. We empower students to thrive in a complex and changing global society. To this end, Coburg High School offers a broad range of subjects, courses and programs for the Victorian Curriculum and the VCE including Food Technology, English and literacy, Humanities, Mathematics and numeracy, Science, STEM, Digital Technologies and Applied Computing, Visual Arts and Design, Digital Technology, Performing Arts, Dance and Music, Spanish and Mandarin, Health, Physical Education and Sport. The school also offers a wide range of electives in Years 9 and 10. In 2020 we are offering for the first time VET Community Services on site.

We offer students a wide range of co-curricular programs including inter-school sport, music, drama, dance, student leadership, debating and public-speaking, science talent searches and fairs, mathematics competitions, art exhibitions, community service, camps, tours and a range of interest-based clubs.

Coburg High School is an interconnected community hub that serves the diverse needs of our students. The school is situated on expansive grounds with an oval and four recently upgraded netball/basketball courts. The four main buildings incorporate generously sized classrooms and specialist spaces (including a theatrette, performing arts space, gymnasium as well as art studios and laboratories). There are a number of sustainability features including a 99.9kW solar array, several large water storage tanks and a thriving greenhouse for horticulture. The school is located in proximity to Merri Creek, Coburg Olympic Pool, Coburg Athletics Track, and Moreland Library.

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.


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.


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.