Classroom Teacher (Classroom Teacher)
Koo Wee Rup, VIC
Bayles Regional Primary School is situated on Ballarto Road, Bayles, approximately 15 minutes south east of Pakenham and 5 minutes travelling east from Koo Wee Rup. Bayles is approximately 70 km from the Melbourne CBD and is in a predominantly rural farming area. The school is well maintained and offers excellent facilities for its students. The current enrolment of the school is 158 and is expected to increase slowly over the next five years. We have 8 classrooms and offer specialist subjects in Auslan, Physical Education, Performing Arts and MARC Library Van. Bayles Regional Primary School serves the educational needs of the small townships of Bayles, Catani, Caldermeade, Yannathan, Cora Lynn and Koo Wee Rup. The school is increasingly enrolling students from the south-eastern corner of Pakenham. Aspects of the traditional culture of BRPS are changing as the population and demographics are changing. At present, no students at the school identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and no students speak English as their second language.
We believe that direct instruction should remain a primary focus. This means that particular skills of reading, writing, and mathematics are taught to children using evidence-based pedagogical strategies. We recognise that children become engaged in learning when tasks have a purpose in their lives. Therefore, creating meaningful student-centred tasks that allow children to explore their passions and interests is also of importance at this school. Whilst the unique and individual qualities of every teacher in delivering the curriculum in their classroom is recognised and celebrated, the school will aim for consistency of teaching approaches across each year level as a further focus point. Having this as a primary focus will also assist children’s development in specialist programs and extra-curricular activities.
A variety of intervention and extension programs, both within and beyond regular classrooms are designed to cater for the individual needs of our students. There is a strong environmental focus within the school. Students are involved in a variety of projects including litter reduction, caring for live animals and cultivating the wetlands (The Frog Bog). The physical environment of the school is well developed and attractive, with both passive and active areas for students and community use.
The school has excellent learning and teaching facilities including an open plan building which currently houses our junior students. The school has two relocatable buildings, a science room, Administration area and staff facilities, a dedicated visiting teacher/support service officer room, a music and assembly room and a Physical Education building. Bayles Regional Primary School effectively utilises open-plan style classrooms to make use of flexible learning spaces. This configuration is ideally suited to the family orientation of the school, and assists our students in using mobile digital devices within our learning spaces.
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-curricula 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 classroom 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.
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.
The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.
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The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx
- All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
- Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
- A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx
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