Learning Specialist - Curriculum

Job posted: 05/08/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 02/10/2024

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1289936

Reference: 1289936

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

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

Parktone Primary School opened in 1961 and is situated in a quiet residential street in Parkdale in the City of Kingston.  The school is on a 2.5hectare site.  Our buildings consist of 24 classrooms, library, inclusion lounge, stadium, and before & after school care area.  Our capital works project worth $4.6 million comprises of:-

  • upgrading multipurpose hall acoustics which comprises of a Japanese room, Visual Arts room, canteen, bathroom facilities and a competition size basketball/netball court. It has been in use since the beginning of 2019
  • Relocating Mod 5 portables to create a learning hub
  • Building a state-of-the-art library that will complement our flexible learning at Parktone primary school

The learning facilities of Parktone are set-in well-maintained grounds which has a variety of outdoor play areas for students.

Enrolments are currently approximately 508. Our student population has 57 students with English as an additional language.  The school supports 20 PSD students to connect with the learning at Parktone.  The Student Family Occupation Education (SFOE) band value is low with SFOE index being 0.2096 in 2022. The staffing profile of Parktone PS comprises of 43.4 equivalent full–time staff including one Principal class, two Assistant Principals, two Learning Specialists, 28.2 Teaching and 11.2 Educational Support (ES) Staff. Literacy and Numeracy are priority school programs. Specialist programs in Visual Arts, Physical Education, STEAM and Japanese provide students with outstanding opportunities to discover and develop their interests and skills.

Parktone Primary has a sister school, Saikyo Gakuen in Matsumoto Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Parktone hosts approximately 40 Japanese students each year and Saikyo Gakuen hosted 19 Parktone students on our inaugural Japan Tour held in September 2018.  This experience is offered to our students every second year.  The extra–curricular activities available to children include after school sports, guitar, piano, drums, vocal tuition, movie making and film production, Art Club, Japanese Club, Aerobics, Glee Club, Lego Club, Science Club and Robotics which adds to skill development and promotes student confidence.

In a stimulating and challenging teaching and learning environment, individual students are supported and encouraged to develop their talents, leadership skills, build resilience and confidence, and have respect for themselves and others. Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ is a character development approach demonstrated by staff across all teaching and learning experiences as part of The Leader In Me program. Teachers explicitly teach and model the ‘7 Habits’ through lessons, academic and personal goal setting and tracking and celebration of student talents and strengths through Leadership Notebooks. Parktone Primary School is recognised as a Leader In Me Lighthouse School and as such has regular Leadership Days where schools from across the state come to observe best practise.

We have transformed traditional classrooms into 21st century global learning centres.  Classrooms have been expanded, painted and re-organised, which caters for a wide range of teaching and learning styles. Teachers and children have continuous access to a world of knowledge through banks of computers, iPod Touch, laptops, iPads and SMARTboards.  The learning environment now matches the outstanding quality of our teachers.  The children are developing a more sophisticated approach to their learning as teachers lead them through targeted like-needs teaching and learning approaches and inquiry-based learning frameworks, in flexible learning spaces.

It is a privilege to receive encouragement and support from the parent community.  We have so many proactive and positive parents who contribute readily to support the school’s values and programs.  Parents in the wider community are also showing their support for Parktone, by enrolling their children in record numbers.  When parents choose to enrol their children at Parktone Primary, they are declaring their interest, respect, and trust in what we do. 

The Parktone school community has a powerful synergy, and its spirit is radiant!

Learning Specialist - Curriculum

Job type:

Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 02/10/2024

Job classification:

Not provided


Genevieve Casonato | 03 9580 1207

Learning Specialist - Curriculum