Learning Specialist Literacy

Job posted: 11/07/2024
Applications close: 24/07/2024 (Midnight)
9 days remaining

9 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 05/08/2024 - 04/08/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1424095

Reference: 1424095

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Location Profile

The school was established in 1850 and has served the Essendon community for 168 years. A full restoration and modernisation of the buildings was competed in 2017. The refurbishment provided increased learning spaces that can be configured according to different teaching and learning purposes, such as a video screen room, wet areas, project spaces and cooperative learning spaces. Currently there are 5 main learning areas in the school comprising of Foundation, Year 1/2, Year 3/4, Year 5/6 and Specialists.  Our school grounds offer students opportunities to explore, socialise and be active. It includes passive play and seating areas, highly utilized sandpits and play equipment, a synthetic turf soccer oval and running track and basketball, netball and down-ball courts.  The school also has access to Windy Hill football oval each lunchtime and for specific sporting activities. 

A high demand for places has led to the endorsement of an enrolment ceiling of 475 students. Our student population is culturally and linguistically diverse which reflects the characteristics of the Essendon community. Over 22 linguistic backgrounds are represented at the school with Hindhi and Japanese being the prevalent language backgrounds other than English. Other languages spoken by students in our school include Arabic, Turkish, Mandarin, Cantonese and Urdu. The leadership profile consists of two Principal Class, the Business Manager, 2 Learning Specialists and 5 Professional Learning Team Leaders responsible for the 4 Year Level and 1 Specialist Teaching teams. ¿

The Victorian Curriculum informs the development of Essendon Primary School¿s curriculum and provides a solid foundation for students¿ future learning. The school places a strong emphasis on the delivery of high quality Literacy, Numeracy and Integrated Inquiry Curriculum in a 21st Century learning environment with teachers committed to developing their skills through professional learning programs and coaching. As part of our ongoing commitment to achieving the highest standards we take into account individual student learning needs and circumstances, and regularly review and reflect on our progress and future direction. ELearning is integrated across the curriculum in order to support improvement of teaching and learning outcomes. As part of the school¿s rich eLearning program a B.Y.O iPad program is in place for students in Years 5 and 6.

Teachers plan the curriculum in year level teams where the focus of a balanced and comprehensive program reflects best practice and provides students with a wide range of opportunities to develop thinking and problem-solving skills. Our students are developing a more sophisticated approach to their learning as teachers lead them through negotiated curriculum tasks and provide inquiry-based learning frameworks, including the use of the 1:1 i-Pad program. 

Specialist programs are offered in Science, The Arts, Physical Education and Japanese. These programs provide outstanding opportunities for students to discover and develop their interests, talents and skills in these areas.  A range of evidence-based strategies have recently been introduced to support the learning and development of our students with high potential. Extra curricula activities and opportunities for students include instrumental music tuition, mathematics competitions, Essendon Primary School choir, Code Camp holiday programs, Chess Club and Kelly Sports lunch time and after-school Sports program.

Further information about the school can be obtained from our website:  http://www.essendonps.vic.edu.au including the following key documents 
- Schools Strategic Plan
- School's Annual Implementation Plan
- Annual Report to the school community

Learning Specialists at Essendon Primary School are highly skilled classroom practitioners who will have the responsibility of leading the implementation of MultiLit across a 1/2 composite year level cohort and teaching team 4 days a week 0.8 in the classroom and 0.2 time release devoted to Literacy Leadership responsibilities such as coaching, modelling,  mentoring, providing feedback, facilitating school-based professional learning and leading the whole school Literacy Professional Learning Team to implement the Literacy version 2.0 curriculum.

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 implementation of school priorities.

SC2      Demonstrated expertise in the implementation and modelling of high impact teaching strategies, high impact well-being strategies and inclusive education practices 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      Ability to provide leadership, professional learning and coaching that informs and influences the work of others involved in the engagement and wellbeing of children and young people.

SC 6    Demonstrated ability to lead the Literacy PLT to implement the Literacy version 2.0 curriculum. Demonstrated ability to model best practice and support teams in developing their pedagogical understanding of the science of reading and 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

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 Literacy

Job type:

Full time / From 05/08/2024 - 04/08/2027

Job classification:

Learning Specialist Range 3


Christine Nash | 9370 7816

Learning Specialist Literacy