Leading Teacher - Wellbeing


Reference: 1198841

Location Profile

Koo Wee Rup Secondary College is a large co-educational public school situated in the high growth corridor of the South Eastern suburbs with easy access to Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula and the Melbourne CBD.

With a current student population of 1090, enrolment numbers are now consistent with continuous growth. Koo Wee Rup is a progressive community with a focus on community engagement and support.

The College is situated around attractive spacious grounds. We completed the first stage of our rebuild in 2014 with 3 new Learning Community Centres. With the second stage will be completed this year.

Our vision is “To inspire a passion for lifelong learning and excellence in a community which provides all students with the opportunity to achieve their personal best”. We emphasise the importance of students being independent and responsible and we instil the values of personal best, honesty and integrity, courtesy and respect for others.

Curriculum offerings at Years 7, 8 and 9 consist of core components covering the key Domains. Year 9 also has an alternative programme with a strong focus on life skills and pastoral care. In Year 10 an Elective Programme complements the core subjects. Students are also able to study VET, VCAL and VCE subjects as part of their Year 10 studies. In Years 11 and 12 we offer a comprehensive VCE, VET and VCAL Program.

We are also a SEAL (Selected Entry Accelerated Learning) school, a Program for academically gifted students who study Years 7 – 10 in three years.


Priority areas in the Strategic Plan for the College include: Teaching and Learning, Student Engagement, collaboration and teamwork. The College has a strong focus on Digital Learning and has a BYOD Program for all students in Years 7 – 12.

The College is in active partnership with The Alpine School, Snowy River Campus and The Young Leaders to China Program. We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Instrumental Music, an annual Musical Production and Festival, HPV and a wide range of excursions, competitions, sports programs, and camps.

The strength of the College is attributable in no small measure to the talent and commitment of staff and their rapport with parents and the community. Staff at Koo Wee Rup Secondary College are noted for their generous and enthusiastic support for the extensive extra-curricular program, for their general nurturing of students and the strong collegiality amongst colleagues.


Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated expert knowledge of the relevant curriculum. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage the implementation of school priorities, and the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.

SC2 Demonstrated ability to lead the planning and implementation 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 monitor and assess student learning at a class, cohort or whole-school level and use this data to lead improvement initiatives. 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 leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to lead collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the broader school community focused on student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated ability to model behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values and support colleagues to adopt these behaviours and attitudes. Demonstrated ability to reflect upon their own, others and whole-school practice and contribute to the provision of whole-school professional learning.



Role

Leading teachers will be highly skilled classroom practitioners and undertake leadership and management roles commensurate with their salary range. The role of leading teachers is to improve the skill, knowledge and performance of the teaching workforce in a school or group of schools and to improve the curriculum program of a school.

Typically, leading teachers are responsible for coordinating a number of staff to achieve improvements in teaching and learning which may involve the coordination and professional support of colleagues through modelling, collaborating and coaching and using processes that develop knowledge, practice and professional engagement in others.

Leading teachers are expected to lead and manage a significant area or function within the school with a high degree of independence to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program.

Leading teachers will be expected to make a significant contribution to policy development relating to teaching and learning in the school. A leading teacher has a direct impact and influence on the achievement of the school goals.

Leading teachers are usually responsible for the implementation of one or more priorities contained in the school strategic plan.


Responsibilities

    In recognition of the importance of leadership and management combined with exemplary teaching practice for improved student learning outcomes, the key roles of the leading teachers may include but are not limited to:

  • Leading and managing the implementation of whole-school improvement initiatives related to the school strategic plan and school priorities

  • Leading and managing the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery;

  • Leading and managing the provision of professional development and developing individual and team development plans for teaching staff within the priorities of the school;

  • Leading and managing staff performance and development (review of staff);

  • Teaching demonstration lessons;

  • Leading and managing the development of the school's assessment and reporting policies and practices;

  • Leading and managing the implementation of the school operations and policies related to student welfare and discipline;

  • Leading the development of curriculum in a major learning area and participating in curriculum development in other areas;

  • Responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers;

  • Contributing to the overall leadership and management of the school;

  • Contributing to the development of proposals for school council consideration;

  • Developing and managing the school code of conduct.

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.