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Leading Teacher - Disability Inclusion

Job posted: 07/07/2024
Applications close: 20/07/2024 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 19/08/2024 - 26/01/2028

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1423830

Reference: 1423830

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Location Profile

Jackson School is a collaborative learning community for all. We aim to develop independence through safety, respect and responsibility. We aspire to offer authentic, quality educational experiences that develop futures, create opportunities and inspire student potential; enabling our students to be valued and contributing members of the wider community. We share and celebrate our successes and achievements.

Our values are learning, independence, safety, respect and responsibility. These incorporate our PBIS (SWPBS) expectations.

Jackson School was established in 1976 and is situated in the suburb of St Albans, in the South-West region of Victoria and Brimbank-Melton area as part of the Keilor-St Albans network. The community is well established with a total of 318 students enrolled in 2024. The Student Family Occupation and Education Index (SFOE) is 0.5233 (High) which reflects the socio-economic position of the community. The school is a Special School for students with a mild intellectual disability. All students must have a mild intellectual disability with a FSIQ within the 50-70 range and be funded under the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) or Disability Inclusion (DI).

Some students also have a secondary disability such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome and ADHD with a small number of students with a minor physical disability. 72% of students are male and 28% are female. 6% identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 68% of students are identified as disadvantaged. 57.5% of students were born in countries other than Australia. 24.53% of all students speak a language other than English at home of which 19.5% are Australian born. Overall, only 40.33% of all students are Australian born with 17% of students born in Vietnam. 31 language backgrounds are represented by our families with 37% of EAL students speaking Vietnamese at home. Only 5.66% are eligible for EAL funding. 1.6% are refugees.

50% of students arrive to school by eight school bus lines funded by DE Student Transport, 44% are either brought/collected by families some or all of the time, and 6% are independent travellers to and from school. The majority of families live within a 10km radius from school. Out of the three networks within the Brimbank-Melton area, around 50 feeder schools fall within Jackson School's Designated Transport Area (DTA).

As a collaborative learning community, our school improvement priorities are aligned with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) and our SSP goals and targets to enable us to meet our aspirations. The 2020-2024 SSP is focused around the following goals:

1. Achievement/Learning: Improve educational outcomes for all students.

2. Engagement: Improve student engagement and participation in learning.

3. Wellbeing: Improve student health and wellbeing.

The school has four Principal Class Officers (Principal and three Assistant Principal, three Leading Teachers, two Learning Specialists supported by eight Assistant Learning Specialists (PLT Leaders). We have 48 teaching staff and 72 Education Support staff. Our distributed leadership structure was implemented in 2021 and is aligned to FISO 2.0. Following our 2024 AMP capital works, our school is now structured into three collaborative learning communities (Junior School, Middle School, Senior School).

In 2024 we are running 29 classes with between 8-12 students in each class supported by a Teacher and at least one Education Support Staff.

Our curriculum programs are firmly developed from the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (including A-D) to educate our students to be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to be independent, responsible, respectful and safe members of the community.

Learning in our foundation classes is focused around an inclusive and integrated play-based learning program influenced by the transition from VEYLDF. Learning in Years 3 to Year 8 is strongly focused around English, Mathematics, Integrated Learning (Science and Humanities), PBIS, RRRR and eSMART.

DE Careers Curriculum Framework has influenced our school designed World of Work program for Years 9-10 to prepare our students for their 2-year VPC or ASDAN transition programs. We offer a diverse range of onsite and offsite experiences with our school-ran cafe, travel training, supported work experience opportunities, VET and SBATs (including Head Start) to support our students towards the creation of their Career Action Plans.

We also offer a wide variety of specialist programs, including: Physical Education, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Design Technology & STEM.

Jackson School is committed to fostering a meaningful relationship with our parent and carer community to build a strong partnership of trust. We offer a number of engaging community opportunities and seek to support our families to partner with us in striving for the best outcomes for their child.

The school is committed to child safety. Students learn best when they are safe, happy and empowered. We are committed to our legal and moral obligations when concerned about the safety of our students. Our policies, procedures and training support us to achieve these commitments.

Selection Criteria

SC1      Demonstrated expert knowledge of the relevant curriculum. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage the implementation of school priorities, and the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.

SC2      Demonstrated ability to lead the planning and implementation of high impact teaching strategies that respond to student learning needs. Demonstrated ability to support teachers to evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3      Demonstrated exemplary ability to monitor and assess student learning at a class, cohort or whole-school level and use this data to lead improvement initiatives. Demonstrated ability to support others in using data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4      Demonstrated exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to lead collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the broader school community focused on student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5      Demonstrated ability to model behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values and support colleagues to adopt these behaviours and attitudes. Demonstrated ability to reflect upon their own, others and whole-school practice and contribute to the provision of whole-school professional learning.

Role

Leading teachers will be highly skilled classroom practitioners and undertake leadership and management roles commensurate with their salary range.  The role of leading teachers is to improve the skill, knowledge and performance of the teaching workforce in a school or group of schools and to improve the curriculum program of a school.

Typically, leading teachers are responsible for coordinating a number of staff to achieve improvements in teaching and learning which may involve the coordination and professional support of colleagues through modelling, collaborating and coaching and using processes that develop knowledge, practice and professional engagement in others.

Leading teachers are expected to lead and manage a significant area or function within the school with a high degree of independence to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program.

Leading teachers will be expected to make a significant contribution to policy development relating to teaching and learning in the school. A leading teacher has a direct impact and influence on the achievement of the school goals.

Leading teachers are usually responsible for the implementation of one or more priorities contained in the school strategic plan.

Responsibilities

In recognition of the importance of leadership and management combined with exemplary teaching practice for improved student learning outcomes, the key roles of the leading teachers may include but are not limited to:

  • Leading and managing the implementation of whole-school improvement initiatives related to the school strategic plan and school priorities
  • Leading and managing the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery;
  • Leading and managing the provision of professional development and developing individual and team development plans for teaching staff within the priorities of the school;
  • Leading and managing staff performance and development (review of staff);
  • Teaching demonstration lessons;
  • Leading and managing the development of the school's assessment and reporting policies and practices;
  • Leading and managing the implementation of the school operations and policies related to student welfare and discipline;
  • Leading the development of curriculum in a major learning area and participating in curriculum development in other areas;
  • Responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers;
  • Contributing to the overall leadership and management of the school;
  • Contributing to the development of proposals for school council consideration;
  • Developing and managing the school code of conduct.

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.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

Applicants seeking part-time employment are encouraged to apply for any teaching service position and, if they are the successful candidate, request a reduced time fraction. Such requests will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to the operational requirements of the school.

The Department of Education is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms - gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department. 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. It is our policy to provide reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability (see Workplace adjustment guidelines).

Additional support and advice on the recruitment process is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders from the Koorie Outcomes Division (KOD) via marrung@education.vic.gov.au

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the department's exemplar available at:

 https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/child-safe-standards/policy

DE Values

The department's employees commit to upholding the department's Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. The department'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 department values is available at:

 https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/values-department-vps-school-employees/overview

Other Information

Teachers who do not have an approved special education qualification but do have current provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching may apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have an approved special education qualification

Advice for Applicants

Applicants are free to structure applications in any manner they choose, but must ensure that the following are included:

  • specific response to all of the Selection Criteria and position details.  It is suggested that applicants limit their response to not more than 7 pages
  • A Cover Letter introducing yourself and providing your name, record number (if currently employed by DE), home address, telephone numbers (home, work and mobile) and the vacancy number of the position.
  • A summary of experience and qualifications.
  • The names and contact details of three referees who can provide information regarding the applicant in relation to the Key Selection Criteria.

Please note: The selection panel may contact referees other than those listed.

Applications to be submitted via Recruitment Online in preferably a .pdf format.

The Selection Process will involve at least the following steps:

  1. Receipt of application by closing date
  2. Shortlisting of applications
  3. Interview process (applicants may be invited back for a second interview)
  4. Referee checks (these may occur prior and/or after the interviews)

Note: the panel reserves the right to contact others outside of the list of referees provided by the applicant.

On making a decision to appoint, a job offer will be made to the successful applicant.

Conditions of Employment

  • 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

VIT LANTITE

To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.

Leading Teacher - Disability Inclusion

Job type:

Full time / From 19/08/2024 - 26/01/2028

Job classification:

Leading Teacher Range 3

Contact:

Anthony Jackson | (03) 9366 4322

Leading Teacher - Disability Inclusion