(VHW-823) Site Principal - North East Flexible Learning Network (Assistant Principal-Range 2)

(VHW-823) Site Principal - North East Flexible Learning Network (Assistant Principal-Range 2)

15 Sep
Schools (Government)

15 Sep

Schools (Government)


Location Profile

North East Victoria Flexible Learning Network has campuses in Wodonga, Benalla, Seymour and Shepparton. We believe that all young people should be able to thrive in mainstream school however we know that for a small percentage of students this is not always possible. Our Flexible Learning Centres provide educational opportunities for young people who have disengaged from school or where a mainstream school learning environment is seen to be inappropriate to meet the young person’s needs.

We believe that most young people would like to be attending an educational setting and learning. We have a further strong belief that “students will give the best that they have got”, in other words,

if they could do better at school, they would. The intention of our Flexible Learning Centres is to re-introduce students to learning to the extent that they are able to be successful, to build upon these successes, to develop their learning potential and plan for a successful adult pathway.

The background of students at our Flexible Learning Centres is diverse but they have in common the experience of trauma in their lives through for example, violence, family breakdown and associated mental health issues. Often young people may have not engaged in learning as a result of chronic anxiety, depression or specific learning or language difficulties.

Young people seeking enrolment at one of our Flexible Learning Centres will usually be connected with a range of mental health, child protection or youth workers and have been disconnected for some time from schools and teachers. Our Flexible Learning Centres provide the opportunity for young people to reconnect with teachers and learning.

The programs are centred around a developmentally responsive personalised learning and pathway plan with a focus on the development of literacy, numeracy, social development, pursuing student’s interests and the development of a career pathway through planned skill development and carefully managed workplace experiences.

Prior to enrolment at one of our Flexible Learning Centres the student attends a series of meetings that enable our staff to better understand the young person in a case managed approach alongside parents, carers and other professionals. This gradual process also allows the student time to become accustomed to the school and teachers and to become aligned with the school values and processes.

This intake process is designed to ensure that when the young person starts at one of our Flexible Learning Centres they are prepared and ready to focus on learning.

Our Flexible Learning Centre teams comprise the educational leadership team of principal, campus principals, student wellbeing and teachers.

Selection Criteria

(a) Educational leaders

(i) Outstanding capacity for visionary and exemplary educational leadership of a school or college.

(ii) Highly developed skills in leading and managing change including the leadership of others in the process of change.

(b) Financial, managerial and administrative ability

(i) Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.

(c) Planning, policy and program development and review

(i) Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.

(ii) Demonstrated ability to implement Department policies to a high level.

(iii) An understanding of, and a commitment to, the use of learning technologies to improve teaching and learning

(d) Leadership of staff and students

(i) A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.

(ii) A clear capacity to foster a learning environment that takes account of the individual needs of students and helps students to develop their special abilities and talents.

(e) Interpersonal and communication skills

(i) Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts.

(ii) Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.

(iii) An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.


The Assistant Principal (referred to as a NEFLN Site Principal) will manage one of three Flexible Learning Centres, Benalla, Shepparton, or Wodonga. The NEFLN has four campuses, with Seymour being added to those listed above. The aim of NEFLN is to re-engage vulnerable youth from the local area who are not engaged in education or training, through further development of key partnerships with other government agencies, welfare agencies, schools , industry and education providers in the community.


The Site Principal reports directly to the Campus Principal of the NEFLN under the Executive Principal Wodonga Senior Secondary College. The NEFLN forms part of the Wodonga Senior Secondary College and its School Council.

Site principals have a primary responsibility for the management of significant areas or functions within the school to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program. In exercising the responsibility, Site principals will have the authority to make significant decisions relating to the program, budget and staff relating to their area of designated responsibility within the framework of the school's strategic plan, policies and budget. Site principals will contribute to the overall management of the school through involvement in policy formulation and decision making.

The management of significant school program or functional areas in schools involve Site principals in the analysis of the needs of students and the translation of state educational policy and frameworks into appropriate education programs to meet the needs of all students.

Typically Site principals will be responsible for the effective use of the teaching staff and program budget of a defined area of the school's operation and for the oversight and leadership of the educational programs provided utilising these resources.


Typically, Site principals perform one or more of the following functions:

- Supervision and coordination of the work of senior curriculum or level coordinators;

- Allocation of budgets, positions of responsibility and other resources within the area of responsibility;

- Supervision of the delivery of teaching programs;

- Management of programs to improve the knowledge and experience of staff;

- Responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers and year level coordinators;

- Contribute to the overall management of the Network;

- Campus management in multi campus settings;

- Determining the final form of any curriculum proposals which go to school council;

- Performance management and development of staff.

Specific Duties

- Work with the Leadership team to establish and manage the day to day operations of the designated campus.

- Be an active and supportive member of the North East Flexible Learning Network Team and contribute to strategic planning and policy development

- Work with Site Principals to ensure alignment and consistency across campuses.

- Manage and lead the team of staff of the designated Campus including performance development and review and professional learning with particular emphasis on the core values of Learning, Respect and Empowerment.

- Create a safe, calm and engaging learning environment for staff and students

- Organise the Staff and Learning &Teaching; meeting schedules and staff and student timetables

- Lead Student Wellbeing, including MIP’s planning, SSG’s and care team meetings and ensure they occur in a timely manner.

- Coordinate all student enrolments and exits and ensure accurate data collection.

- Lead community engagement by liaising with schools, agencies, local business and industry, and other organisations as appropriate.

- Work with the Campus Principal, and Business Manager of Wodonga Senior Secondary College to manage the Campus budget.

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