LOTE (Mandarin) Specialist Teacher

Job posted: 24/06/2022
Applications close: 07/07/2022 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 26/01/2028

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1283851

Reference: 1283851

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1    Demonstrated knowledge of the Chinese (Mandarin) curriculum, including the ability to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated experience in responding to student learning needs. 

SC2    Demonstrated experience in planning for and implementing high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluating the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth. 

SC3    Demonstrated experience in monitoring and assessing student learning. Demonstrated experience in using data to inform teaching practice and providing feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4    Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5    Demonstrated behaviors and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated experience in reflecting upon practice and engaging in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.

SC6   Demonstrate capacity as a member of a high performing professional learning community to be a global learner and leader, striving to exceed expectations and achieve international standards of excellence.


The classroom teacher classification comprises two salary ranges- range 1 and range 2.  The primary focus of the classroom teacher is on the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes.  The classroom teacher engages in critical reflection and inquiry in order to improve knowledge and skills to effectively engage students and improve their learning. 

As the classroom teacher gains experience his or her contribution to the school program beyond the classroom increases. All classroom teachers may be required to undertake other duties in addition to their rostered teaching duties provided the responsibility is appropriate to the salary range, qualifications, training and experience of the teacher.

Classroom teacher Range 2
Range 2 classroom teachers play a significant role in assisting the school to improve student performance and educational outcomes determined by the school strategic plan and state-wide priorities and contributing to the development and implementation of school policies and priorities.

A critical component of this work will focus on increasing the knowledge base of staff within their school about student learning and high quality instruction to assist their school to define quality teacher practice.

Range 2 classroom teachers will be expected to:
- Have the content knowledge and pedagogical practice to meet the diverse needs of all students
- Model exemplary classroom practice and mentor/coach other teachers in the school to engage in critical reflection of their practice and to support staff to expand their capacity
- Provide expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
- Supervise and train one or more student teachers
- Assist staff to use student data to inform teaching approaches that enable targets related to improving student learning outcomes to be achieved.

Classroom teacher Range 1
The primary focus of the range 1 classroom teacher is on further developing skills and competencies to become an effective classroom practitioner with structured support and guidance from teachers at higher levels and the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. These teachers teach a range of students/classes and are accountable for the effective delivery of their programs.  Range 1 classroom teachers are skilled teachers who operate under general direction within clear guidelines following established work practices and documented priorities and may have responsibility for the supervision and training of one or more student teachers.

At range 1, teachers participate in the development of school policies and programs and assist in the implementation of school priorities. 
The focus of a range 1 classroom teacher is on classroom management, subject content and teaching practice.  New entrants to the teaching profession in their initial teaching years receive structured support, mentoring and guidance from teachers at higher levels.

Under guidance, new entrants to the teaching profession will plan and teach student groups in one or more subjects and are expected to participate in induction programs and other professional learning activities that are designed to ensure the integration of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy across the school.

Teachers at range 1 are responsible for teaching their own classes and may also assist and participate in policy development, project teams and the organisation of co-curricula activities.


The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:

  • Direct teaching of groups of students and individual students;
  • Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of a curriculum area or other curriculum program within the school;
  • Undertaking other classroom teaching related and organisational duties as determined by the School Principal;
  • Participating in activities such as parent/teacher meetings; staff meetings; camps and excursions;
  • Undertaking other non-teaching supervisory duties.

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

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Dear Applicant,

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

At Essendon North Primary School, our vision is to be ‘Global learners and leaders, exceeding expectations.’ Our mission is ‘We maximise the potential of all; empowering independence, excellence, innovation and critical engagement with the world.’ We believe in our Guiding Statements, and as a learning community, are committed to embedding these within the fabric of our school. We are Brave, Bold and Connected. Our school has an International Accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is authorised as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP). This is reflective of our commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Essendon North Primary School believes is important for our students. 

The entire school community is actively involved in the life of the school and shares a commitment to being an innovative leader in education. School Council and the Executive Team are partners in providing a unified purpose and direction for achieving a quality education for every child. Parent involvement and engagement in student learning is valued and actively promoted. Parents are encouraged to assist with classroom programs and are involved in regular whole school events.

Our school officially opened on September 9th, 1920 and is located on Keilor Road in the suburb of North Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In 2020, we celebrated our school’s centenary and continue to be very proud of our rich history and community connections. 

Essendon North Primary School is approximately 12 km north-west from Melbourne’s Central Business District and our Local Government area is the City of Moonee Valley. A total of 610 students are enrolled in 2022. Our evolving demographic now boasts 36 percent of students with English as an Additional Language (EAL). In 2022 there are twenty-six grades from Foundation to Year Six.

In 2022, our school is in the fourth year of a five year strategic plan (2019 to 2023). Our strategic focus moving forward in 2022 is: 

  • Enhance student engagement with learning, embedding a consistent, whole school approach to instructional practice in Literacy and Numeracy, within an inquiry framework
  • Improve student learning outcomes, building capabilities to use data to differentiate and plan for learning
  • Enhance student wellbeing, embedding a school wide approach that reflects the ENPS vision, values and culture.

Our school continues to offer a broad curriculum and an extensive co-curricular program that enables our students to experience new challenges and opportunities beyond the classroom. From Foundation to Year Two, our focus is on establishing solid foundations in Literacy and Numeracy, and from years Three to Six our focus builds breadth and depth. This approach, complemented by a clear focus on student achievement, provide solid foundations for students to access a rich and diverse learning experiences. The focus on an inquiry-based curriculum that utilises and extends the application of contemporary learning technologies in collaborative learning environments provides engaging and stimulating opportunities for students to extend themselves and maximise their potential. These learning opportunities and improvements are supported through a lens of wellbeing. 

Our school offers a range of specialist and extracurricular programs including languages education in Chinese (Mandarin), Visual and Performing Arts, Health and Physical Education, English as an Additional Language (EAL) support, interschool sport, Perceptual Motor Program (PMP), choir, instrumental music tuition, student agency, leadership and voice, Buddy Program, Lunch Clubs, Camping Program, incursions and excursions, and an Out of School Hours Care Program. We have developed a comprehensive program and service structure for students with additional and complex needs including participation in the Victorian Student Excellence Program and external opportunities (Gateways, ICAS, Science Talent Search) and comprehensive support for students with disabilities (PSD) and students at risk. 

Our school has two principal class members, two Leading Teachers, two Learning Specialists and nine Professional Learning Communities (PLC). The Executive Team and all nine Professional Learning Communities regularly plan and evaluate teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes, and participate in team based professional learning. The organisation of the school remains fluid and flexible so that our school’s resources (human, physical and financial) can be strategically aligned to cater for the emerging learning needs of all our students.

At the very heart of our purpose is to provide every child with the best possible education. We recognise that this will be achieved by our staff, and are committed to delivering high quality teaching practice so that every child learns and achieves high standards. High quality professional learning is one of the cornerstones of our school. In 2022, our school continues a commitment to the Department of Education’s initiatives including the Professional Learning (PLC) Communities, Respective Relationships, and the Transforming the First Years of Teaching initiatives. In 2022, we will also launch a partnership program with The Resilience Project. 

Our Performance and Development Program (PDP) is viewed as an investment in the growth and development of our staff. With clear links to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards, regular review of goals (individual and collective) and active support in the achievement of these professional goals is valued. Our model for Professional Learning prioritises coaching, peer observation and feedback.

Please visit our school website at www.enps.vic.edu.au for further information about our school. Applicants are also welcome to contact our school’s office on 03 9379 3979 to speak with Kate Barletta (Principal).

Applicants should include a curriculum vitae detailing relevant qualifications and experience, responses to the selection criteria, and the names and contact details of three professional referees. Following receipt of your application and shortlisting process, you may be contacted for an interview.

Thank you again for your interest in the position available at our school. 

Yours sincerely,

Kate Barletta



LOTE (Mandarin) Specialist Teacher

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 26/01/2028

Job classification:

Not provided


Kate Barletta | + 61 3 9379 3979

LOTE (Mandarin) Specialist Teacher