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Classroom Teacher In English/humanities - Oberon High School

VICTORIA STATE GOVERNMENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING - Armstrong Creek, VIC

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Job ID: 1223129
Location: Oberon High School
Department: Oberon High School
Role Type: Secondary Teacher
Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Classroom Teacher
Apply By: 04/25/2021
Contact Name: Mr. Tim McMahon
Phone: 03 4241 8000
School Website: www.oberonhs.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Oberon High School is located in the Geelong growth corridor of Armstrong Creek, after being relocated from Belmont for the beginning of the 2021 school year. Oberon High School is a co-educational secondary school with an enrolment of 830 students, however there is expected to be significant increase in student enrolments for the foreseeable future.

The SFOE of the school is 0.37 rating the school as medium in terms of the socio-economic background of our students and families.

The Oberon High School student population is from the southern suburbs of Geelong, the Surf Coast areas and rural locations. All students are encouraged to build on their talents, expand their horizons and develop a culture of learning through participation in a variety of academic, applied learning, sporting, artistic and social programs. This is reflected in the school mantra of ‘Shape Your Future….Go One Better’.

Oberon High School provides a learning environment in which students strive for and respect high achievement, and they develop social skills based on the principles of tolerance and understanding.

The school has a belief that all students have the ability to learn and should be progressed in their learning at a faster rate than which is occurring across the state, no matter what their socio-economic background or their educational capability. This philosophy is also reflected in the school mantra.

To support this philosophy and ensure greater consistency in teaching practice the school has an effective learning framework ‘The Oberon Good Lesson’. This framework is based on the Professor David Hopkins ‘Powerful Learning Framework’ and incorporates elements of John Hattie’s research including teaching strategies that have proven to achieve large effect sizes on student learning outcomes.

Reflection of the implementation of this framework occurs through once a term classroom observations and also from being a pivotal point in teacher performance reviews. To monitor student learning outcomes and to ensure that differentiation of student learning is occurring in all classes for all students, staff are expected to use an approach called ‘Target 3’. This approach involves staff members identifying three students within each of their classes, one who is below the expected level, one at the expected level and one above the expected level with a focus on ensuring that the work/tasks that are being set are challenging all students no matter what their ability level.

This approach to learning has resulted in above average growth in NAPLAN from Years 7-9 and very good results/outcomes in VCE (well above the state and regional results). The teacher quality variables in the student attitude to school survey reflect high quality teaching occurring within the school.

Whilst academic results are a priority of the school and are always emphasised within the school community, the development of social skills including communication, tolerance, empathy, fundraising for social disadvantage and positive interactions is also a priority.

The school has a very positive culture which exists between staff, students and parents. This is reflected in the student attitude to school results, parent opinion and the staff opinion survey. All results are above the state average, whilst staff opinion survey is in the top quartile in all areas, indicating the importance of ongoing staff professional learning for teachers, underpinned by the ability to learn from each other and regularly observe implementation strategies associated with the learning framework.

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.

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