Learning Specialist Range 3 Teacher Development - WVO-884

Learning Specialist Range 3 Teacher Development - WVO-884

04 Jun
Schools (Government)

04 Jun

Schools (Government)


Reference: 1191360

Location Profile

Woodlands is located in a beautiful treed enclave on the fringe of Langwarrin, 40 kilometres to the south of the Melbourne CBD. The school has been open for twenty two years. There are new housing estates within the area and further local residential developments are planned.

The school enrolment continues to increase with numbers reaching the 900 student mark in 2019. Further enrolment growth is anticipated. A zone has been established to assist with the increase in enrolment demand from students residing outside of the local area.

As a result of the last school review a new organizational structure was established. Currently,

one Leading Teacher supports the Principal and Assistant Principal, assuming the role of overseeing curriculum development and teacher training for all areas of the curriculum. A psychologist oversees the school’s Student Wellbeing programs and procedures and they, along with the Business Manager, make up the School Leadership Team. Year Level Leaders lead curriculum development in their areas and, along with the Teaching & Learning Leading Teacher and Mathematics and English leaders, form the Curriculum Team. Experienced teachers lead year level teams and form the Team Administrators Group. Non-teaching staff include the Business Manager, three office clerical staff, a library technician and five integration aides.

There are 38 classes supported by co-curricular programs in Physical Education, Visual Art, Library, ICT, Performing Arts, Science, Media Studies and LOTE (Italian). In addition to formal lessons in these areas, students benefit from timetabled access to a wide range of programs including Woodlands FM and Woodlands TV, swimming, choir, recorder group, camps, interschool sports, excursions, and school based activities plus performances. The local community also enjoys the school’s facilities with clubs and sporting groups holding training sessions before and after school.

Woodlands actively encourages a partnership with parents. Parent involvement in the school is welcomed and includes an active Parent and Friends Group and many opportunities for parent involvement in the classroom programs. The school is an active member of the Central Peninsula Network and has close relationships with other Langwarrin schools, recently forming the Langwarrin Wellbeing Network with a focus on Positive Education. The local secondary school is Elisabeth Murdoch College and the school works closely with the college to support the transition of students into this and other secondary schools.

Woodlands boasts functional, well maintained, attractive and well-equipped buildings that blend into the bush land setting. Many of the 38 classrooms can operate as open double rooms to enable staff to team-teach. All classrooms have interactive white boards or televisions, iPads, laptops and desktop computers for individual or small groups use. Specialist facilities include a large Resource Centre that incorporates a computer lab, library and teacher resources; a Performing Arts Hall incorporating music, media, LOTE and art rooms; a Stadium with a basketball court, change rooms, kitchen and science room; two synthetic sports fields and two outdoor basketball courts; an intervention centre, staff and administrative facilities.

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

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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