Learning Specialist

Job posted: 04/08/2022
Applications close: 17/08/2022 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Cranbourne

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 26/01/2026

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1289901

Reference: 1289901

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Cranbourne

Selection Criteria

SC1      Demonstrated expert knowledge of the relevant curriculum. Demonstrated ability to model exemplary teaching practice, including the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum, and implement school priorities.

SC2      Demonstrated expertise in the implementation and modelling 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 model the monitoring and assessment of student learning. 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 communication skills. Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the broader school community to support student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5      Demonstrated ability to model behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated ability to support others to reflect on their practice and facilitate school-based professional learning.


Learning Specialists will be highly skilled classroom practitioners who continue to spend the majority of their time in the classroom delivering high-quality teaching and learning and have a range of responsibilities related to their expertise, including teaching demonstration lessons, observing and providing feedback to other teachers and facilitating school-based professional learning.  Learning Specialists are expected to have deep knowledge and expertise in high quality teaching and learning in delivering improved achievement, engagement and wellbeing for students. The role of the Learning Specialist will be to model excellence in teaching and learning through demonstration lessons and, mentoring and coaching teachers in improving the skill, knowledge and effectiveness of the teaching workforce.

The Learning Specialist role is aimed at building excellence in teaching and learning within the Teaching Service.


In recognition of the importance of exemplary practice for improved student learning outcomes, the key roles of the Learning Specialists may include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrating high-level expertise in teaching and learning practice
  • Modelling exemplary classroom practice including through teaching demonstration lessons
  • Working with the school leadership team to develop a shared view of highly effective teacher practice
  • Leading and modelling the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery
  • Playing a key role in the provision of professional learning, including through developing processes and protocols for observation and feedback of teacher practice and peer collaboration
  • Modelling effective learning practice and supporting teachers to seek, analyse and act on feedback and on their practice
  • Providing evidence-based feedback to teaching staff to inform their effectiveness and development
  • Providing expert advice about the context, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
  • Supervising and training one or more student teachers and mentoring and/or coaching teachers
  • Modelling exemplary use of student data to inform teaching approaches
  • Developing and promoting school-wide professional learning structures, processes and protocols through Professional Learning Communities
  • Modelling exemplary professional learning practice included through seeking feedback from other teachers and leaders on their own classroom practice as part of critical reflection and inquiry to improve practice

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

Courtenay Gardens Primary School is located in Cranbourne North, in the City of Casey. Student enrolment is currently at 820 from Prep to Grade 6. Students come from a range of backgrounds with an increasing proportion having English as an additional language.

The school vision is: To provide educational opportunities for our students, enabling them to identify their passions, experience success and have the confidence to pursue future learning.

The school mission is: To provide an outstanding holistic educational experience for all of our students.

The school values of honesty, respect, resilience and responsibility form an integral part of our school life.

The teaching and learning program includes a reader’s and writer’s workshop approach in literacy and an engaging hands-on maths workshop model. We implement a play-based Discovery Learning approach to inquiry in prep and year 1. A project-based inquiry approach is implemented for years 2-6.

Underpinning our teaching and learning is a whole-school Teacher Instructional Model. The school operates a Professional Learning Community (PLC) approach to support the teaching and learning, as well as, wellbeing school goals. All PLCs engage in focused cycles of inquiry to enhance teacher practice and improve student learning outcomes.

The school has a Wellbeing Team, comprising two full-time teachers and an ES member, to support the wellbeing and inclusion of all students, using the Multi-tiered system of supports for Learning and Wellbeing. There are two full-time EAL teachers and a Multicultural Education Aide, supporting our English as an additional language students and families, including recent arrivals and refugees. The school provides significant literacy and numeracy support through a range of intervention programs. There is a dedicated Program for Students with a Disability (PSD) co-ordinator supporting students with disability and additional learning needs.

Specialist areas include physical education, science, STEM, art, music and LOTE- Indonesian. Our facilities include a full-size gym, science lab, performing arts centre, and a new food garden. There are two digital learning coaches supporting teachers and students in the learning of digital technologies. Environmental science is an emerging learning area in relation to our food garden.

The school’s leadership team comprises the principal, three assistant principals, leading teacher- curriculum, acting leading teacher- wellbeing, and three learning specialists- attached to sub-schools and each out of the classroom three days per week.  Peer observations, coaching, mentoring and collaborative approaches are key improvement strategies. The School Improvement Team oversees the performance of the school in relation to school goals and priorities.

The school offers an Out of Hours School Care and Vacation program and has an active Parents’ Association. 

The school’s current School Strategic Plan is from 2021-24. The current school goals and key improvement strategies (KIS) are:

Goal 1: To improve student learning growth in literacy and numeracy.

KIS 1: Develop a whole school instructional model that is consistently implemented throughout the school.

KIS 2: Build and develop effective PLCs through a culture of collaboration.

KIS 3: Build teacher capacity to deliver a consistent approach to assessment and reporting.

KIS 4: Document and implement a guaranteed and viable curriculum.

Goal 2: To improve student engagement in learning and life at school.

KIS 1: Define, develop and implement what student voice and agency means and looks like in the classroom.

KIS 2: Define, develop and implement a consistent whole school inquiry learning approach.

Goal 3: To improve the health and wellbeing of all students.

              KIS 1: Develop and implement agreed whole school practices to ensure the health and wellbeing of all students.

              KIS 2: Build parent partnerships to enhance student learning, engagement and wellbeing.

The school is committed to Child Safety practices and actively works to ensure the safety of all students at all times.

For applications, it is preferred there is only one attachment with both CV and response to the key selection criteria. Please put your name in the attachment file name for reference.

This Learning Specialist role involves 3 days out of the classroom in a coaching/support role to a sub-school. 

For any enquiries about this position, or to request a school tour, please contact Marc de Ley, Principal, ph: 5995 7139

Learning Specialist

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 26/01/2026

Job classification:

Not provided


Marc de Ley | 5995 7139

Learning Specialist