Literacy - Learning Specialist Range 3 | [UH451]

Literacy - Learning Specialist Range 3 | [UH451]

14 Sep
Victorian Government

14 Sep

Victorian Government


Melbourne VIC

Reference: 1166993

Location Profile

Doveton College is a unique, diverse and vibrant learning community. It is unlike any other educational setting in Australia. Located in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Doveton College resides in one of the most disadvantaged metropolitan regions of Australia. It is the first of a number of settings to be developed which link the Victorian Government and Philanthropic funding organisations.

In 2009, the Colman Foundation approached the Victorian Government with a desire to become directly involved in the education of young people who come from a background of disadvantage, including high migrant and refugee groups.

The Colman Foundation provided a financial contribution and continues to provide an annual financial contribution to allow for additional services to be provided which are over and above the normal funding regime for the College. The Foundation has a goal of changing the life opportunities of young people by supporting families and communities access education, health and wrap around services with the school at the centre of the services.

Doveton College is complex in its operation; it seeks to support, foster and develop opportunities for all members of the Doveton Community including children, young people, and adults. The focus is on providing high quality teaching and learning programs across the 0 – 15 range with additional learning opportunities for parents and the wider community members. It provides a wide range of wrap-around educational and allied health support for Baby College, Maternal and Child Health services, and Adult Learning opportunities. Early Learning has been accredited as a Centre of Excellence operating a long day setting, with a focus on intentional learning through explicit teaching in a structured learning environment.

On any week, the College is a vibrant learning hub with 130 children in early learning, 620 students in Foundation to Year 9, 150 involved in play groups, 70 regular volunteers and 150 participants in adult education courses. Each week students from Foundation to Year 9 participate in the Doveton Engagement and Enrichment Program (DEEP) which operates as an extension to the school day and includes sports, performance, technology and artistic programs.

The community expectation is that the college will provide a safe and secure environment where the individual student can learn and develop to their full potential. In the school setting, high quality teaching and learning is non- negotiable. All staff are expected to commit to driving this agenda by their professionalism and dedication to the Doveton College vision. The Doveton College vision is clear and is based on the belief that every child will succeed. There is a commitment to:

- student growth in their learning :
- empowering all our children and young people to be creative, curious, to explore, and discover - to strive and to excel
- a rigorous and dynamic curricula to meet the needs and promote the growth of every child and young person
- a strong learning culture and team approach based on the values of respect and tolerance, high achievement and excellence, engagement, participation and leadership
- the belief that learning occurs in partnership with parents and the support of the community

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 excellence in classroom teaching of numeracy and demonstrated capacity to work with other staff to improve their teaching practice in numeracy.

SC6 Demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching of literacy and demonstrated capacity to work with other staff to improve their teaching practice in numeracy.


Demonstrate and model the implementation of the Doveton College Teaching and Learning Framework

Develop and implement appropriate instructional approaches for Literacy

Demonstrate and model such instructional approaches for Literacy

Demonstrate and model High Impact Teaching Strategies

Track the data associated with teachers observing classroom practice (number of and focus)

Provide professional development for whole staff, sector or PLT in Literacy

Provide input to the development of curriculum planning for Literacy

Review budget and expenditure proposals for Literacy

Build staff capacity to use Peer Observations and feedback to improve their practice

Contribute to whole school curriculum planning and review

Contribute to whole school data analysis

Liaise closely with Learning Specialist Numeracy and Learning Specialist Student Agency

Be an active member of the Learning Leaders team

Identify opportunities for improved practice and share with learning leaders

Be an active member of the PLT/curriculum leaders meetings

Support and encourage effective use of the Action Research cycle to improve practice in portfolio

Support the implementation of the Annual Improvement Plan

Any other duties as directed by the Principal class


In recognition of the importance of exemplary teaching practice for improved student learning outcomes, responsibilities of the Learning Specialist include but are not limited to:

Demonstrating high-level expertise in teaching and learning practice

Modelling exemplary classroom practice including through teaching demonstration lessons

Leading and modelling the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery in Literacy

Providing whole school, sector, PLT professional learning as required

Contributing to the development of processes and protocols for peer observation, teacher feedback and peer collaboration

Modelling exemplary professional learning practice including seeking feedback from other teachers and leaders on their own classroom practice as part of critical reflection and inquiry to improve practice

Modelling effective learning practice and support teachers to seek, analyse and act on feedback on their practice

Providing evidence-based feedback to staff to inform their effectiveness and improved practice

Providing expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning

Mentoring and/or coaching teachers

Modelling exemplary use of student data to inform teaching approaches

Promoting and modelling school-wide norms and protocols through Professional Learning Teams

Contributing to the strategic planning and review for the College

Who May Apply

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. Learning Specialists will provide a child safe environment in accordance with the 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. The school’s Child Safety Code of Conduct is available on the school’s website.

The role of the Learning Specialist will 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 builds excellence in teaching and learning within the Teaching Service.

The Learning Specialist will play a key role in the development of outstanding teacher practice at Doveton College in order to impact upon, and significantly improve student outcomes. Working closely with other Learning Specialists, PLT leaders and staff the Learning Specialist will develop and enhance teacher practice in order to improve student outcomes. The Learning Specialist will ensure that all classroom teachers embed the Doveton College Teaching and Learning Framework, which includes the appropriate use of Berry Street Education Model (trauma informed practices) to establish a safe, inclusive and engaging learning environment. The Learning Specialist will ensure that peer observations are used to engage in professional learning, are regularly utilised to improve teacher practice, and that appropriate data informs and drives improvement. When mentoring/coaching others the Learning Specialist will utilise the GROW coaching model.

Learning Specialists will be supported with structured professional learning to develop their leadership and a time allowance to support them in fulfilling their responsibilities. Learning Specialists should demonstrate the AITSL standards of a Lead Teacher when undertaking their role and responsibilities. The Learning Specialist will engage in his/her own professional development as a leader and within the allocated portfolio. This will involve being up to date with current research and the Department of Education priorities, policies and guidelines.

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

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

Other Information

- 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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