Learning Specialist Range 3 - Literacy Specialist

Job posted: 29/06/2024
Applications close: 21/07/2024 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: South West Region | Warrnambool

Job type: Full time / From 28/01/2025 - 26/01/2026

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1423355

Reference: 1423355

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: South West Region | Warrnambool

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.

SC6. Demonstrated ability to identify and determine students at risk, plan for and monitor student progress in response to instruction or intervention, using progress to determine next steps in lessons or an intervention plan.


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 values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. 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

DE 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

Other Information

Learning Specialist Leader:            Literacy

Time Allowance: 5 periods (48 min periods)

 TEACHING & LEARNING AT WARRNAMBOOL COLLEGE : The structure of teaching and learning at Warrnambool College aims to consistently provide a strong foundation from which students' academic and personal development can grow. This will provide a structure that develops an important sense of identity along with academic success, opportunities for participation, involvement and leadership - all key aspects to developing self-esteem, resilience, confidence and maturity.


The school population of approximately 1150 is divided into six Learning Area groups. These groups are English, Maths, Science, PE/Health, Humanities/Languages and The Arts/Tech.  Each Learning Area also has an assistant to build success planning and consistency in learning across the College.   Each Learning Area Manager reports to a member of the Principal class.  Learning Specialists support the work of the curriculum team to embed positive shifts in pedagogical practices across the school, build the capacity of staff around teaching and learning initiatives stemming from the School Strategic Plan and practice Instructional Leadership via coaching, observation and collaboration.


The Literacy Learning Specialist will work to lead a team of teachers and education support staff in supporting the literacy development of all students at Warrnambool College.  This work will include developing and implementing evidence-based literacy resources to support teaching staff across all learning areas to better cater for the wide range of student literacy abilities in their classes. The Learning Specialist will be expected to work closely with Learning Area Leaders, providing them with strategies to coach and mentor their own staff in effective literacy practices across all learning areas. They will also directly coach and mentor teachers and education staff in pedagogical practices that support literacy development for all students at Warrnambool College.  The Learning Specialist will work closely with the literacy support team to develop relevant assessments and analyse whole school data to inform literacy foci for the school moving forward.

The Literacy Learning Specialist Leader will be directly responsible for leading the Literacy Support Team to use a tiered response that improves instruction and learning outcomes to maintain an inclusive learning environment.  The Literacy Support Team will use a combination of student intervention-based program and building the capacity of teaching and education support staff to address literacy needs for students across all learning areas of the school.  Equity Funded students with additional learning needs will be prioritised where significant literacy needs are identified. The Literacy Learning Specialist will be responsible for the documentation of specialist literacy recommendations for the Disability Inclusion Profile (DIP). This specialist will be an active member of the Inclusive Education Team and may be involved in DIP meetings.

The literacy specialist will have oversight of the EAL student program and will support teachers with multiple means of student engagement with their learning.  Partnerships that support this work include the local EAL cluster team and the New Arrivals Program.


The Literacy Learning Specialist Leaders responsibilities and expectations will be to:

  • Work to lead a team of staff in supporting the Literacy development of all students at Warrnambool College.  
  • Investigate, develop and implement evidence-based numeracy resources to support teaching staff across all learning areas to better cater for the wide range of student abilities in their classes
  • Lead the literacy support team to investigate, develop and implement evidence-based literacy intervention programs to specifically support students with low literacy levels.
  • Work closely with learning area leaders, providing them with strategies to coach and mentor their own staff in effective literacy practices across all learning areas. 
  • Directly coach and mentor teachers and education staff in pedagogical practices that support literacy development for all students at Warrnambool College.  
  • Lead the literacy support team to develop relevant assessments and analyse whole school data to inform literacy foci for year levels in the school on an annual basis. 
  • Support the implementation of DE policies and current initiatives.
  • Identify and present initiatives in line with our Annual Implementation Plan.
  • Monitor and support the educational and academic progress and development of students.

Ensuring appropriate strategies are implemented to maximise the learning opportunities of all students.

  • Cultivate and maintain positive staff morale and the moral purpose of 'Every Warrnambool 
  • Establish strong and open communication with parents and students, including coordination

of information evenings regarding supports for literacy learning at home. 

  • Build an effective staff team ensuring common and agreed goals and directions in accordance

with the annual Literacy Support Team Action Plan, with a focus on staff improvement, consistency and growth.

  • Promote and advocate for Warrnambool College and its students and staff within our broader


  • Be an active member of Leadership Committee and Teaching and Learning Leadership


  • Provide academic oversight of EAL students
  • Complete other duties as directed by the Principal.


Areas of specific responsibility, management and involvement:

  • Lead the team of teachers and education support staff in supporting the literacy development of all students in the junior years at Warrnambool College. 
  • Align annual action plan to the Warrnambool College's Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan
  • Oversee and implement an Annual Action Plan in line with the school¿s Annual Implementation Plan
  • Create and uphold learning ethos, mission and values.
  • Specialist recommendations and reports for DIP meetings
  • Develop clear lines of communication linked to:

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.

Location Profile

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in the advertised position at Warrnambool College. At a time of exciting growth and continuous school improvement, this is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, dynamic professional to be part of our team.

At Warrnambool College we achieve success through persistence, resilience and mutual respect.
The College values are:
Resilience, strength, mutual respect, courage, trust, global learners, honesty, accountability and persistence. Our moral purpose to improve educational outcomes and opportunities not just for our students, but for every student. Based on this ethos we promote the ideal that every Warrnambool student should thrive.

School profile

Warrnambool College is a Year's 7-12 secondary school situated within parkland in the eastern area of the city of Warrnambool. Students from the City of Warrnambool and the surrounding rural districts attend the school which has a stable student population of more than 1150 students with boys and girls in approximately equal numbers. Our staffing profile of approximately 150 members includes 3 Assistant Principals, 20 Leading Teachers, teaching and education support staff, wellbeing team members and a separate reengagement staffing complement.

Warrnambool College strives to provide quality pathways for all students.

School values, philosophy and vision

The primary aim of Warrnambool College is to prepare students for life as active, happy, healthy citizens. We provide opportunities to develop the academic, social and personal skills which will allow them to participate in and contribute to the community as competent and informed global citizens. Our College recognises and strives to meet the individual needs and educational requirements of all students.

We make a strong commitment to child safety and consider this the duty of all child related staff workers.

Warrnambool College offers an educational program which is diverse and interesting and allows students to experience success in an environment which is safe and supportive. We are innovative in curriculum development and always look to provide a contemporary, relevant program. This practice is reflected across the College as a whole and all teaching staff take part in Professional Learning Teams. The daily structure of the school operates on a four-period day; each period consists of 70 minutes.

The Warrnambool College Way outlines the school¿s vision and values. This is integral to the work that we do and is the foundation of our school community. Students, staff and members of our school community are encouraged to live and demonstrate our core values of respect, integrity and kindness at every opportunity.

Our school¿s vision is to empower students to reach their personal best, and fully equip them to contribute positively to society as happy, healthy young adults. Our narrative is to work towards 'Every Warrnambool student thrives'. Our value statements are Persistence, Resilience and Mutual Respect. These are embedded into our SWPB framework, student management policies and Attitude and Effort reporting structure.

Student Welfare:

Warrnambool College has a student welfare structure which is based upon the organisation of students into six House Groupings. Each House has a House Leader supported by two Assistants. There is a strong focus on Pastoral Care. Our College Wellbeing centre encompasses our Wellbeing coordinator, Student Counsellors, `Big Life¿ program coordinator, School Nurse and Speech Pathologist who all play a vital role in caring for students at all year levels. Warrnambool College has a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse and safety of children with a disability, from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and students with diverse sexual and/or gender identification.

Parent Involvement:

The College prioritises communication with all families through a range of mediums including the online communication tool, Compass. Parents and guardians are encouraged to become involved in College activities and the education of their children in all areas of the curriculum. Opportunities exist for parents and guardians to contribute at the policy-making level via our College Council and its various sub-committees.

Education Programs:

In Years 7-10 students are able to participate in studies from all areas of VicCurric and where applicable the Australian Curriculum. At Year 7 there is a common curriculum which aims to develop the students' competence in literacy, numeracy, the arts and technology as a foundation for success in future studies. In Year 8 students participate in Elev8 which is an integrated subject of Humanities, English and Health, whilst beginning their elective journey in the technology, the arts and languages area.

In Year 9 students participate in PhoenIX which has student centred inquiry-based learning at the heart of this innovative program. At Year 10 students enjoy an extensive program of semester units which provide diversity, challenge and the opportunity to pursue studies of particular individual interest. The VCE timetable aligns with Year 10 units allowing for advanced study if desired. Students are also able to participate in educational extension and enhancement programs in addition to their normal studies. Students interested in vocational education can opt into the vocational major stream, with the opt-in option of VET being included in their timetable.

The College is accredited to teach the SEAL program and is a founding member of the academy of accredited SEAL schools. Students who enter this gifted and talented program must complete testing in Year 6. 

In Years 9 and 10 students are introduced to the broad range of services available from the Careers Centre and they are encouraged to use this facility in planning for future studies or in preparing for entry to the workforce. 

The College also has a select entry Sporting Pathways Program. Students enter this program via an application process and successful completion of peak fitness and physio testing. The SPP program runs from year 7-10.

Student achievement at the VCE and VM level is outstanding at Warrnambool College. An extensive range of units are offered from mainstream academic studies through to Vocational Education and Training courses in areas such as Automotive, Building, Community Services, Engineering, Electro technology, Beauty, Plumbing, and Hospitality. 

Our College recognises the diverse needs and aspirations of senior students and offers a curriculum that maximises their opportunity for entry into further studies, apprenticeships or career paths.

A thorough careers counselling process is a feature of our school's program which is aimed at meeting the specific needs of each VCE student. Student success at the VCE level is a major objective of our College.

The School operates numerous specialist academies for students to participate in (sport, drama, music, arts, cooking). These academies train regularly and compete at both local and state level.

Students are encouraged to participate in additional College activities which include sport, instrumental music, Performing Arts, public speaking and debating, academic competitions and student leadership amongst others. Opportunities are provided for students to participate in extension programs which include work experience, camps and international language and cultural tours. The achievements of our students in academic, sporting and cultural endeavours have been widely recognised at local, state and national levels.

Warrnambool College has developed a range of strategies to promote engagement, positive behaviour and respectful relationships for all students in our school. We acknowledge that some students may need extra social, emotional or educational support at school, and that the needs of students will change over time as they grow and learn.

Learning Specialist Range 3 - Literacy Specialist

Job type:

Full time / From 28/01/2025 - 26/01/2026

Job classification:

Learning Specialist Range 3


David Clift | 55644444

Learning Specialist Range 3 - Literacy Specialist