Classroom teacher range 2

Location Profile

Nicholson Primary School is a small rural school situated close to the Nicholson River on the Princess Highway approximately 10km from Bairnsdale. We currently have 62 students enrolled. In 2020 we  will run four classrooms consisting of Foundation/1, Grade 2/3, Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6. Our specialist areas of Art, Physical Education and Digi-Tech are covered by classroom teachers. Specialist Music and Science programs are offered. We also have support programs such as; fortnightly visits from the MARC Van, Better Buddies Program, and Sporting Schools Program.

The primary focus of the school is to provide students with rich, challenging and personalised learning experiences where students are motivated to achieve to their potential. This is done within a caring, safe and supportive environment whereby everyone has an equal opportunity to access all aspects of the curriculum.

At Nicholson Primary School we implement the Victorian Curriculum with a priority on laying strong foundations in Literacy and Numeracy. Our whole school teaching pedagogy is based on the gradual release of responsibility Model and we use workshop frameworks in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy

The Victorian Curriculum (the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum that provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement standards across Victoria), is used to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.

Nicholson Primary School embraces the values of Respect, Growth, Honesty and Trust, Connectedness, Inclusiveness and Fun. We aim to have students recognise their fullest potential through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and values in an environment where they learn to grow to enjoy a productive, rewarding and fulfilling life. In support of this, at Nicholson Primary School, we have a zero tolerance to child abuse.

School Captains and our Student Leadership Team play an active role in many areas across the school.

Nicholson is a small caring community. The school is proud of its parental support and community involvement, with active participation in all aspects of the school's functions including School Council, Parents Club, Fundraising, Ground Maintenance, School Camps and Excursions.

Nicholson Primary School continues to be an active member and participant of the Mitchell River Cluster and we value these activities and events as an integral part of programs we have on offer.

Selection Criteria


Demonstrated high level of knowledge of the relevant curriculum, including the ability to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated high level of ability to respond to student learning needs.


Demonstrated high level of ability to plan for and implement high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.


Demonstrated high level of ability to monitor and assess student learning. Demonstrated high level of ability to use data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.


Demonstrated high level of interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated high level of ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.


Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated high level of ability to reflect upon practice and engage in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.


Range 2 classroom teachers play a significant role in assisting the school to improve student performance and educational outcomes determined by the school strategic plan and state-wide priorities and contributing to the development and implementation of school policies and priorities. 

A critical component of this work will focus on increasing the knowledge base of staff within their school about student learning and high quality instruction to assist their school to define quality teacher practice.

Range 2 classroom teachers will be expected to:
- Have the content knowledge and pedagogical practice to meet the diverse needs of all students
- Model exemplary classroom practice and mentor/coach other teachers in the school to engage in critical reflection of their practice and to support staff to expand their capacity
- Provide expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
- Supervise and train one or more student teachers
- Assist staff to use student data to inform teaching approaches that enable targets related to improving student learning outcomes to be achieved.


The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:

- Direct teaching of groups of students and individual students;

- Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of a curriculum area or other curriculum program within the school;

- Undertaking other classroom teaching related and organisational duties as determined by the School Principal;

- Participating in activities such as parent/teacher meetings; staff meetings; camps and excursions;

- Undertaking other non-teaching supervisory duties.

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

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.

- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at

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.

Please note that all applications must go through the application steps described on the original position description.

Department of Education & Training VIC


Posted: 27 November 2019

Location:  Bairnsdale, VIC