Learning Specialist Range 3 Educational Leadership - (GYZ703)

Learning Specialist Range 3 Educational Leadership - (GYZ703)

14 Sep
Victorian Government

14 Sep

Victorian Government


Melbourne VIC

Reference: 1167070

Location Profile

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.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated ability to successfully lead the implementation and evaluation of learning and teaching programs, inclusive of evidence based pedagogical approaches, curriculum implementation, and effective assessment and reporting, in accordance with the relevant (or equivalent) Victorian Curriculum F–10, Victorian Certificate of Education and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

SC2 Demonstrated outstanding classroom teaching skills and capacity to model high impact classroom teaching strategies and lead colleagues to improve their teaching and learning to enable all students to achieve their full potential.

SC3 Demonstrated outstanding ability to monitor and assess student learning data at the individual, cohort and whole school level and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning.

SC4 Demonstrated outstanding written and verbal communication skills and high level interpersonal skills including the ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with parents, other employees and the broader school community focused on student learning, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated capacity to reflect critically upon their own professional practice and apply the knowledge, skills and expertise derived from ongoing professional learning to enable the further development of others’ professional practice.


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

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.

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