Head Teacher Technological And Applied Studies

Position Information

Finigan School of Distance Education (FSDE) is a purpose-built K-12 distance education school located in Queanbeyan NSW. The school has 96 full-time equivalent teaching staff and 1000 enrolments. The school has been specifically designed to meet the needs of distance education students and teachers. The school has 20 web lesson studios and 2 video production studios. Each teacher is equipped with a portable device for the delivery of live lessons and the digital annotation of student work. Teachers deliver live web lessons for each course each week, supported by independent online learning and personalised digital feedback.

The school has 9 learning hubs located across south eastern NSW where students can access face-to-face teacher support. Teachers also conduct field visits to provide face-to-face support for students.

FSDE is an equity provision for many students. We provide quality individualised learning programs for students who meet the criteria of one or more of the distance education enrolment categories. These include geographical isolation, travelling within Australia or overseas, medical conditions that prevent attendance at a face-to-face school, vocationally talented students and students with additional learning and support needs, including those with disability and students in extraordinary circumstances. FSDE also provides single course curriculum access for students attending face-to-face schools.

FSDE teachers are learning experience designers. They are committed to the provision of high quality, personalised learning experiences for every student through the innovative and flexible use of technology.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must satisfy the teacher training and academic qualification requirements for this position. In addition to the general selection criteria,

Capacity and enthusiasm to embrace and lead online teaching in the development and delivery of Technology courses to enrich learning for a diverse student population.

Demonstrated capacity to analyse data to develop and deliver initiatives to improve the learning outcomes of students.

Demonstrated involvement in whole-school initiatives with proven ability to inspire and mentor staff to enhance learning and engagement opportunities for students.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of the school leadership team, supporting the implementation of a shared vision, the school’s strategic directions and current educational reforms.

General Selection Criteria

1. Successful teaching experience with capacity to initiate improvement in teaching, learning and classroom practice 2. Knowledge of curriculum, assessment and student welfare with the ability to lead and design quality, inclusive teaching and learning programs 3. Educational leadership skills to build the capacity and manage the performance of individuals and teams 4. Well developed communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships and engage students, staff and parents 5. Ability to plan and manage resources effectively and equitably to support teaching and learning 6. Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education policies


An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity.

Special Notes

The Eligibility Requirements for Head Teacher Positions in NSW Government Schools are located at https://policies.education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/head-teacher-eligibility-requirements-policy

Applicants are to include details of their WWCC clearance number as part of this application.

New merit selection application guidelines for classroom teachers, executives and principals have been introduced to provide greater clarity to applicants and selection panels. The guidelines are in effect on positions advertised from Wednesday 10th June 2020. The guidelines are located at: https://education.nsw.gov.au/about-us/careers-at-education/roles-and-locations/roles-at-education/teaching/addressing-selection-criteria.html