Learning Specialist Range 3 - [RWL-147]

Learning Specialist Range 3 - [RWL-147]

14 Sep
Victorian Government

14 Sep

Victorian Government


Melbourne VIC

Reference: 1166368

Location Profile

Templestowe Park Primary School was established in 1977 and is ideally situated in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. The current enrolment of 505 students is growing and in 2020 it is expected that there will be over 550 students. The school is led by the Principal, Mr Mark Roberts.

Templestowe Park PS is a thriving and innovative learning community. Every student is provided with the opportunity to achieve their personal best through an exciting learning environment, comprehensive curriculum and an extensive wellbeing program that focus on developing positive and resilient young people.

A key feature of Templestowe Park PS is the focus on developing the Science, Technology,

Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) capabilities of its students. There is a long history of excellent science teaching and learning programs at the school. This includes the Dr Scott Ayton STEM Discovery program that all students participate in with a specialist STEM teacher in a dedicated STEM room and Outdoor Eco Education Centre (OEEC). The focus on developing the use of technology to enhance the learning experience has led the school to have its very own TV studio for students to create programs, a Lego Robotics program from Gr 3-6, a 1:1 iPad program for Year 3-6 students and computer coding classes.

Templestowe Park PS students have achieved outstanding success in State and National Science and Mathematics competitions. This has included State winners in the Science Talent Search and High Distinctions in the Maths Talent Quest.

The school values guide the decisions and behaviours of all members in the Templestowe Park learning community. These values are essential elements of all aspects of school life at Templestowe Park PS. The schools values are:

- Respect - for others and ourselves.
- Responsibility - demonstrating ownership of our actions and words.
- Integrity - always striving to be fair and honest.
- Pride - achieving and celebrating personal and school goals.
- Optimism - focusing on positive experiences and being confident about what the future holds.

Templestowe Park PS provides a comprehensive and stimulating learning environment that focuses on developing student curiosity, knowledge and talents in a range of fields. The teaching of English and Mathematics is supplemented by specialist classes in Science, Mandarin-Chinese, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Physical Education.

Additional programs at Templestowe Park include camping, swimming and a perceptual motor program. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of enrichment, leadership and extension activities including: the Junior School Council (JSC), school choir, school production, Art Show, interschool sport and lunchtime interest clubs.

The school facilities comprise 21 classrooms, a large hall, a multi-purpose space, an Out of Hours School Care room, a Library Resource Centre, a Visual Arts room, a STEM Discovery room, a Mandarin-Chinese room and a Performing Arts room. The well-developed grounds include a synthetic grass surface for multiple sports and two ovals that provide extensive space for play and interschool sport use. Shaded play equipment is provided for all year levels as well as an outdoor classroom within the OEEC. The Templestowe Park community prides itself on maintaining and improving these facilities through a cooperative effort.

Parents play a key role in the school, working closely with classroom and specialist teachers to support their children’s learning both within the school and at home. A class representative scheme facilitates communication and parent involvement within classrooms. Parents are also involved in the more formal structures of School Council, its sub committees and the Parents & Friends Association. The school benefits from the experience and skills of parents and links with the local community.

Templestowe Park Primary School’s highest priority is the care, safety and wellbeing of all students at our school. Our policies, procedures and strategies are developed to keep students safe from harm, including all forms of abuse in our school environment, on campus, online and in other locations provided by the school. Please see our Child Safe Policy for further details.

Templestowe Park is a thriving learning community where learning is valued and supported by all. The entire community continually strives to be the best that they can be.

To learn more about Templestowe Park PS please visit the school website at http://www.templestoweparkps.vic.edu.au/

Strictly adhering to the school’s Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct. These are available at http://www.templestoweparkps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/child-safe

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.


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

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

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