Leading Teacher - Head of Health and Wellbeing - Riverdale East Primary School (interim name)

Job posted: 04/08/2022
Applications close: 17/08/2022 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne

Job type: Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 02/10/2025

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1289891

Reference: 1289891

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne

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.


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.


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

The Department of Education and Training 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.

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 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

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

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


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.

Vaccination Requirement

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Are you flexible in your thinking, hard-working, approachable, friendly, and collaborative… our school wants you!


What an opportunity! A once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the leadership team in establishing a brand new school. Together with the Principal and Assistant Principal, you will establish and document the health, well-being and inclusive practices, lead the implementation of the new Disability Inclusion Policy, develop positive relationships with families and the community, support the transition of all students, work with families of students with disabilities (including applying for further funding), purchase resources, employ staff and a lot more, all in Term 4, 2022 in preparation for the beginning of the 2023 school year.


A little about our Principal… Ashley is extremely collaborative, easy-going, approachable, trusting and staff-and-student focused. The results below are a quick snippet of the Staff Opinion Survey results from his previous school where he was Principal.


School Leadership

XXX Primary School (2021)

93% positive

Similar Schools (2021)

73% positive

Cultural Leadership

XXX Primary School (2021)

95% positive

Similar Schools (2021)

74% positive

Trust in Colleagues

XXX Primary School (2021)

98% positive

Similar Schools (2021)

77% positive


The new facilities are coming along nicely. Located in Tarneit, adjacent to Dianella Community Centre, 25 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, Riverdale East Primary School (interim name) is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built school designed for the specific needs of the community to ensure all students reach their full potential. 


At Riverdale East Primary School (interim name) we will provide a stimulating, creative and challenging learning environment where students achieve their personal best. They will be supported to grow socially, emotionally and academically, and become respectful, responsible and resilient members of a global community. We will offer a robust educational experience for all students through effective communication, strong collaboration and high-impact, research-based teaching. 


Riverdale East Primary School (interim name) will establish an outstanding, comprehensive teaching and learning program in all curriculum areas. Additional programs will include visual and performing arts, physical education, and science. Outside School Hours Care (OSHC), water experience, camps for years 2-6, lunchtime clubs, incursions, and excursions will be provided with the aim to enable every student to reach their full potential. 


We are privileged to have such culturally diverse students at our school. Our students are intelligent, resilient, creative, imaginative, disciplined, dedicated to lifelong learning, respectful and ethical. They will leave Riverdale East Primary School (interim name), with the skills, mindsets and qualities that will best equip them for success in the world of the future. They are the future leaders and role models of society. 


Staff will work collaboratively to provide a challenging and stimulating broad-based curriculum, which is grounded on a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy skills. We will offer high quality, strategic professional development, utilising expertise within and beyond the school. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) will accelerate the continuous improvement of teaching and learning at our school. 


The active participation of parents and carers within the school community will be a highly valued feature of our school. A strong partnership with parents will be developed and considered essential in our endeavours to ensure the successful learning achievement for every child.  


We will have state-of-the-art buildings and infrastructure, which will further support the high-quality experiences our students will receive. These buildings have been purposely designed, based on the latest research to ensure success for all students. The space includes: 

  • an administration building with a library, staff offices and conference spaces 
  • two learning neighbourhood buildings with general purpose classrooms, flexible and collaborative teaching spaces and staff offices (these buildings are not open plan, but rather individual classrooms with common spaces)
  • a specialist learning neighbourhood for subjects such as art and science 
  • a community hub with a competition-grade gymnasium, canteen, music and drama space 
  • two outdoor hard courts 
  • a sports field 
  • a bike shed. 


If you have any questions, we encourage you to make contact with our Principal, Ashley Craig, via email or by calling him on 0419 578 739.


Put your hat in the ring, because this is pretty exciting!

Leading Teacher - Head of Health and Wellbeing - Riverdale East Primary School (interim name)

Job type:

Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 02/10/2025

Job classification:

Not provided


Ashley Craig | 0419 578 739

Leading Teacher - Head of Health and Wellbeing - Riverdale East Primary School (interim name)