Elwood College is a co-educational secondary college situated in the heart of the leafy, seaside suburb of Elwood. We offer our students a strong academic grounding in all areas of the curriculum as well as enhancement activities to develop and extend their skills and interests. Elwood College has a dedicated and professional team of teachers and support staff who work in teams to provide a comprehensive and challenging education in a happy and caring learning environment. An emphasis is placed on building strong professional relationships between students and staff.
Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest assets.
Our cosmopolitan population is further enhanced by our highly successful International Student Program. Students are provided with rich and rewarding opportunities to learn from each other, appreciating similarities and respecting difference and understand the power of unity. Students are taught to respect others and to contribute to the creation of a harmonious and caring learning community
Elwood College has an emphasis on excellence in teaching and learning. Students have opportunities for personal growth through involvement in a wide range of extra curricula programs and a broad range of student leadership opportunities. Inter - House competitions, a full sports program, local and international school ‘camps’, public speaking and debating, instrumental music, choir and student performances ensure students become involved in learning above and beyond the classroom.
A strong and motivated Student Representative Council ensures that student voice is heard. In addition to being an active subcommittee of school council the SRC hosts a number of events each year, including a wonderful Student Talent Show.
Curriculum is designed to allow all students to participate in a wide range of purposeful learning experiences. Its structure ensures that students can build on their achievements and plan for the development of specialised skills in later years.
Elwood College provides a comprehensive, challenging, academic and technically enhanced curriculum. A strong work ethic is expected from all students. Positive work habits are encouraged from Year 7 to best prepare students for their VCE years and thereby maximise students' tertiary education options. Students are expected to grow into independent learners and to seek the support they need to be successful.
Elwood College identifies and supports accelerated learning for those students of high intellectual potential - individual and small group tuition programs are becoming central to our developing learning programs. A VCE early entry program at Year 10 is strongly encouraged for those students identified as ready to step up. In addition to undertaking VCE many students take up a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject at Year 11.
Our learning focus is based on the construction and delivery of consistent and documented curriculum, a rigorous assessment program and the delivery of high quality learning and teaching programs (from Years 7 to 12) through best practise pedagogy and the utilisation of technology.
With the completion of the first stage of our building program in Term 2 2018 students and staff learn and teach in a sophisticated, technologically well-equipped environment to meet the 21st century educational needs of teachers and students.
SC1 Demonstrated understanding of initiatives in student learning including the Standards, the Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 and Assessment and Reporting Advice and the capacity to implement and evaluate learning and teaching programs in accordance with the Victorian curriculum.
SC2 Demonstrated high level classroom teaching skills and the capacity to work with colleagues to continually improve teaching and learning.
SC3 Demonstrated ability to monitor and assess student learning data and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning.
SC4 Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills and high level interpersonal skills including the capacity to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with parents, other employees and the broader school community to focus on student learning, wellbeing and engagement.
SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values, including a commitment and capacity to actively contribute to and manage major curriculum or student activities and a commitment to continually improving teaching quality and capacity through the application of knowledge, skills and expertise derived from ongoing professional development and learning.
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 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
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
- 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.
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