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Head Teacher English - Swansea High School

Teaching Service - Newcastle, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Position Information

Swansea High School is a comprehensive, co–educational high school nestled in the picturesque seaside suburb of Caves Beach. With an enrolment of 712 students in 2021, including an Aboriginal student enrolment of 80 students, we are committed to building a culture of high expectations, providing a supportive and innovative learning environment, and fostering strong relationships and partnerships that enable students to realise their potential. 

We are a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) school which is student led with high expectations developed by students, for students. The school's PBL values are Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Learn. Strong student voice and student leadership programs are a cornerstone for ensuring students are engaged and well connected to the school.

We are committed to incorporating a variety of literacy and numeracy strategies across all Key Learning Areas to improve pedagogical practice and student learning outcomes. Our teaching staff range from very experienced to early career and are dedicated, caring, innovative, focused on continual improvement and support curriculum delivery aimed at meeting the academic and social needs of all students. 

Reflecting on our Situational Analysis, the school is currently meeting and exceeding system-negotiated targets in HSC (students attaining Top 3 Bands) and NAPLAN Numeracy (exceeding expected levels of student growth).We are working towards meeting our targets in NAPLAN Literacy and have initiated strategies throughout the School Plan to see improved growth and increase the learning trajectory of students in this area.

Swansea High School is proud of the outstanding Aboriginal Education Programs in place across the school which have proven success in improving student learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy, providing strong partnerships with our local Minimbah Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG), delivering outstanding cultural programs for all students, and ensuring there is strong attendance and transition points in place for all of our students. Our Aboriginal students are supported by two Aboriginal Education Officers and a teacher assigned as an Aboriginal Tutor.

Swansea High School is a proud member of our Galgabba community of Schools. We have a close relationship with our primary schools and aim to build the academic and social readiness of all students and families for high school through our targeted curriculum links and transition programs.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must satisfy the teacher training and academic qualification requirements for this position. In addition to the general selection criteria,

1. Approval to teach English 7-12 and demonstrated deep understanding in leading others to teach the new Stage 6 Syllabus, including English Extension 1 and 2.

2. Proven ability to lead and inspire a wide range of staff in explicit teaching strategies to improve student achievement in literacy with a particular focus on reading and extended writing.

3. Demonstrated innovative classroom practice and capacity to lead colleagues to plan, implement, differentiate and review curriculum and evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning programs resulting in improved student outcomes.

4. Demonstrated capacity to identify, gather and analyse internal and external data to inform, design and deliver targeted initiatives to improve the learning outcomes of students from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal students and high potential and gifted students.

General Selection Criteria

1. Successful teaching experience with capacity to initiate improvement in teaching, learning and classroom practice
2. Knowledge of curriculum, assessment and student welfare with the ability to lead and design quality, inclusive teaching and learning programs
3. Educational leadership skills to build the capacity and manage the performance of individuals and teams
4. Well developed communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships and engage students, staff and parents
5. Ability to plan and manage resources effectively and equitably to support teaching and learning
6. Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education policies


An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity.

Special Notes

The Eligibility Requirements for Head Teacher Positions in NSW Government Schools are located at https://policies.education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/head-teacher-eligibility-requirements-policy

Applicants are to include details of their WWCC clearance number as part of this application.

To ensure that your application complies with the guideline page limits your attachments must be in PDF format.

New merit selection application guidelines for classroom teachers, executives and principals have been introduced to provide greater clarity to applicants and selection panels. The guidelines were in effect on positions advertised from Wednesday 10th June 2020. The guidelines are located at: https://education.nsw.gov.au/about-us/careers-at-education/roles-and-locations/roles-at-education/teaching/addressing-selection-criteria.html

Newcastle, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training


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