Learning Specialist - Early Years

Job posted: 10/07/2024
Applications close: 23/07/2024 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 05/08/2024 - 21/01/2028

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1424061

Reference: 1424061

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Location Profile

Located on beautiful Wurundjeri Country, Strathtulloh Primary School has been educating with HEART since 2022. We are a brand-new state of the art school, located in the suburb of Strathtulloh. We opened in January 2022 with 710 students already growing to over 1000 students and now employing over 100 staff. 

Our students are phenomenal learners, supported by a community which really values and supports education and our school. School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) and Respectful Relationships (RR) feature strongly at our school, along with a culture that supports positive, proactive and passionate wellbeing and learning for students and staff. Our students, staff and community demonstrate outstanding positive behaviours and consistently work to demonstrate and build their #StrathtullohHEART.


We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and progressive school community. Our staff are our most valuable resource and we provide support & recognition accordingly.


Why work at Strathtulloh? 

  • 5hrs non face to face time provided to full time teachers per week;
  • Numerous strategies in place to reduce workload and an improved work life balance;
  • Growth opportunities through Professional Learning, Coaching and Mentoring programs open to ALL staff. We¿re not looking for staff who know everything; we¿re looking for staff who are open to learning and refining their craft; who want to make a difference for every student, each other and our community; 
  • Co-Teaching Environment - you¿re not alone, you have the support, shared planning and camaraderie of a team;
  • Flexible teaching spaces, NOT open plan, purpose built for our co-teaching explicit teaching approach;
  • Access to a school Library, a competition grade full sized indoor Gym, Science Lab, Visual Arts Studio, Kitchen Cooking facilities, Vegetable Gardens and Orchard, Performance Stages, landscaped play areas; 
  • Free before & after school program for children of staff; 
  • Direct access to several local community resources including a full athletics track, bike/traffic education, community centre & kindergarten and wetlands; 
  • Easy access to public transport including Train & Bus - just 40mins by train from central Melbourne. Easy freeway access, generally driving against traffic with plenty of free parking. Bike paths connected to our school with secure bike storage; 
  • Staff shower and change facilities for any staff who want to get active during their break times or travelling to school; 
  • Celebration and recognition of the achievements and milestones of our staff;
  • A terrific team of staff who engage in a variety of social events and functions;
  • Numerous local cafes with great coffee! 

The Strathtulloh community are encouraged to be Helpful, Excelling, Accepting, Resilient and Trustworthy people as they demonstrate, support and strive for a #StrathtullohHEART 

Why do we have so many positions available?

  • We continue to grow - we already know we have an additional 12 homegroups/classes of students for 2024 and the in zone enrolments continue to come in;
  • We have staff starting families and we know that due to our growth we can accommodate making their replacements ongoing positions;
  • We have promotions to cover - these are internal and external positions where teachers are successful with Leading Teacher, Learning Specialist or AP positions;
  • We have staff travelling for all of 2024 and due to our ongoing growth we¿re able to cover their approved leave with ongoing positions;
  • We have staff moving into positions closer to their homes and moving interstate.

Overseas teachers are also welcome to apply for this position. 

You are encouraged to tour the school before applying; please email strathtulloh.ps@education.vic.gov.au with your contact details.

If you are unable to make a scheduled tour please still submit an application.

Selection Criteria


Your application for this position must specifically address each of the selection criteria below:

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.

SC6      Demonstrated capacity and ability to contribute to the successful establishment of a new school by supporting the development of a proactive, positive & passionate school culture.

Please include the name, email address and phone number of at least 3 relevant referees who will need to complete an electronic reference addressing the Key Selection Criteria for you.


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

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:


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:


Other Information

  • 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

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.

Learning Specialist - Early Years

Job type:

Full time / From 05/08/2024 - 21/01/2028

Job classification:

Learning Specialist Range 3


Sam Fleming | 85604600

Learning Specialist - Early Years