Classroom Teacher - Dandenong North Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Dandenong VIC 3175, Australia
  • 21 Jun, 2022

Job Description

Job ID 1284034
Location Dandenong North Primary School
Department Dandenong North 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 07/03/2022
Other Information  
Begin Date 07/18/2022
End Date 12/30/2022
Contact Name Jenny Mackay or Paul Hilton
Phone 03 9794 7899
School Website

Location Profile

Dandenong North Primary School enjoys a long-standing reputation as a family-friendly and academically successful school. While the school was once North of Dandenong it has to be considered closer to the heart of Dandenong in modern times. In keeping with the re-generation of Dandenong as a thriving multi-cultural hub, the actual buildings of Dandenong North Primary School have undergone a transformation to bring the facilities into the 21st Century. Superb, new learning spaces provide a wonderful learning environment for over 800 students.

Our wonderful and vibrant students come from a wide diversity of cultural backgrounds and provide a model for the adult Australian society of how diversity can deliver a fantastic team and family approach to learning.

Because of the ideal size of our school with over 800 students we are provided with the resources that allow us to offer an ideal mix of specialist programs that include: Physical Education, Art, Library, English as an Additional Language, Extension activities in English Writing, Information Technology, and a number of voluntary lunch-time programs. We are also in a position to provide intervention programs for any student who may need additional support in the key areas of reading and mathematics.

Our school prides itself on the successful development of a family feeling and atmosphere among the students and staff. We believe that when students feel happy and relaxed, as they do at “home”, they will be able to make the most of every available learning opportunity. We strive to give students and their families a strong sense of belonging to a very large family! All of our staff believe in the school philosophy of “treating children as if they were our own”, and a tour through the school is all it takes to experience the feeling of a positive and supportive atmosphere.

We expect that all students should be able to achieve National and State benchmark standards in literacy and numeracy. We direct enormous resources to make sure that our students will perform at expected levels and we are most fortunate to have a team of highly skilled, capable and experienced teachers and support staff working together as a committed team to ensure every child can achieve to as high a level as possible and that no child gets left behind in their learning.

Our school has a consistent record of achieving strong academic outcomes, reflecting the high quality of the teaching and the programs that we deliver in core curriculum areas. We know and understand that children need to develop a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy to guarantee life-long learning success.

We are proud to be able to provide outstanding specialist programs for many students who enrol in an Australian school for the first time after arriving in Australia from overseas. We are highly skilled at providing smooth transitional pathways into the Australian Curriculum for all of our International students. We operate an innovative two-week Reception Program for newly arrived students and an outstanding, three-part English as an Additional Language program (EAL).

Our school encourages and provides pathways to excellence in artistic and sporting fields because we believe that our students should have a love and understanding of the Arts as well as being fit, skilled and healthy in body, mind and soul. We know that fit and healthy children learn faster than those who are not, so we make sure that our physical education and sport program delivers levels of fitness and preparedness that are well above average.

Our School Council and Staff are absolutely committed to delivering an environment where students will be encouraged to be totally engaged in learning, fearless in expressing their creativity and confident in pursuing their personal goals. We want them to grow and develop as happy, independent, confident and resilient young people who will be in the best possible position when they leave us to make the most of the next phase of their education and life journeys.

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.