St Albans East Primary School caters for a culturally diverse student population and is located in a well-established residential area of St Albans in the City of Brimbank. At the 2019 census, school enrolment was 440 students. The school currently comprises of 19 classes; the average number of students per class is 23 across the school. The school has a combination of straight and composite classrooms. The SFO (Student Family Occupation) is 0.75 and LBOTE 68.9%.
St Albans East Primary School staff comprises of 31.8 EFT teaching staff made up of Classroom Teachers, Teachers of the Deaf, 5 Leading Teachers, Principal and two Assistant Principal.
There are 10.25 EFT Education Support Staff comprising of Office Administration, Integration Aides and Auslan Interpreters. The school has the services of a Psychologist and Speech Therapist through the Region, but also employs an additional 0.8 Speech Therapist from within the school budget to support the Deaf students and the large number of students on the Language Support Program.
St Albans East Primary School hosts the Primary Deaf Facility in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne that caters for the specific learning needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. There are currently 14 students enrolled. The current staffing profile comprises of four Teachers of the Deaf (3.0 EFT) and two trained Auslan interpreters (1.2 EFT). To support our Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, we teach Auslan as the Language other than English.
The school offers a comprehensive curriculum program based on Vic Curriculum and has been focusing on implementing the High Impact Teaching Strategies across the school. In addition to this we offer the following specialist programs – Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education, STEM, LOTE (Auslan), Literacy Support (Reading Recovery, Bridges and Fountas & Pinnell Levelled Literacy Intervention) and English as an Additional Language. The school also offers Keyboard, Language Support Program, Interschool Sport, Excursion & Camping Program, PMP, P – 6 Swimming, Life Education, Vietnamese Dance Group, Library, Healthy Skills for Life and Clubs.
We have a strong commitment to the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy and this will remain a priority for the school.
The school has a focus on:
- Building teacher capacity to ensure improved student learning in literacy and numeracy.
- Meeting the individual learning needs of all students through Individual Learning Plans.
- A growing focus on digital learning and increased access to digital devices.
- The range of social development programs that complement the formal curriculum.
- Community support for children and parents.
The school was comprised of three main teaching blocks built in 1956, a separate art room and separate hall. The Building the Educational Revolution allowed the school to demolish one of the teaching blocks and build a modern, up-to-date open-planned learning environment consisting of a new Library/Multimedia area and six new classrooms. The design supports the understanding of how space best facilitates teaching and learning. This is very exciting for the school community. A significant amount of school resources have allowed the school to upgrade its ground surfaces and refurbish the classrooms. Recently, the Victorian Government has allocated $8.169million to St Albans East PS to fund new permanent modular school buildings to continue its commitment to remove asbestos from all government school. This is a welcomed and exciting opportunity for our students and community with construction to commence in end of term 4 2019 and completed in December 2020.
SC1 Demonstrated understanding of initiatives in student learning including the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) 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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