Learning Specialist (Numeracy)


Reference: 1197962

Location Profile

PURPOSE STATEMENT

Norwood Secondary College provides a vibrant teaching and learning environment that supports enjoyment and excellence in living, learning and working.


VISION STATEMENT

Norwood Secondary College, established in 1958, is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Mullum Mullum Creek Valley. Our well maintained and purpose built facilities blend with the environment and support a vibrant teaching and learning community.


Norwood Secondary College provides innovative and engaging teaching and learning for all students. We focus on successfully engaging students as active participants in life-long learning. Our curriculum nurtures the potential of each student and encourages them to achieve their personal best in all areas. At Norwood our students are well prepared for the challenges and rigours of an academic curriculum and thrive on the opportunities offered by our sporting, leadership, camping and outdoor education programs. Instrumental Music and Performing Arts (including school productions) are an integral part of the school’s co-curricular program.

The College Values provide an important base for all our interactions with students and the community. Our core Values are: RESPECT, ASPIRATION, RESPONSIBILITY, RESILIENCE


At Norwood Secondary College students are provided with a sound basis for a life that is fulfilling, respectful of self, others and the environment. We prepare our students to be flexible, adaptable, innovative leaders in our local and global community.

Our bonds with the community are a source of strength and inspiration for us. Our students gain much from their links and involvement with community programs and activities, whilst the contributions of parents and friends are valued and encouraged across all aspects of College life.


NORWOOD SECONDARY COLLEGE - OVERVIEW

At Norwood Secondary College we believe that every student can learn and each student is encouraged and supported to achieve his or her personal best.


Norwood Secondary College staff understand the need to build an educational community through quality relationships with students, parents and staff and have the growth and development of each individual as its primary focus.


Norwood Secondary College, in Byron Street North Ringwood, is a single campus coeducational college with an enrolment limit of approximately 1100 students. Students come from a wide geographic area, covering up to 35 feeder primary schools. It has a very high reputation in the community, particularly with regard to student endeavour in academic results, sport, music and student leadership. A very high percentage of students stay to complete their VCE and gain entry to their first preferences to university, TAFE or a vocation of their choice.


The school offers VCAL for a limited number of selected students in Years 11 and 12.

An accelerated and enrichment class operates for selected, high achieving students in Years 7 to 9. Students are encouraged to study a VCE subject in Year 10 and a Unit 3/4 in Year 11. Some students also undertake university studies during their Year 12.


The school offers an extensive camps and excursions program specifically designed for each year level, and comprehensive leadership development opportunities at each year level. An active Student Representative Council meets regularly and gives further opportunities for many students to develop leadership skills.


The College has a long history of sporting tradition and an excellent sporting program. Many teams achieve outstanding results and progress to zone and state level.

The College has an extensive Instrumental Music program and encourages student performance. The College achieves excellent outcomes in Art and Technology studies across all year levels.


At Norwood Secondary College we are committed to providing an experience where, in years to come, students will be proud to have attended a college where they have made lifelong friends, are lifelong learners and valuable contributors to the community.


CHILD SAFE STANDARDS

Like all Victorian government schools, Norwood Secondary College is a child safe environment. Our school actively promotes 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. Our school has a Child Safety Code of Conduct, as outlined in our Child Safety Policy, as published on our College


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.




Role

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.


Role

Additional information regarding the Learning Specialist (Numeracy) Role at Norwood Secondary College for Years 7-12 can be obtained by contacting Ms Louise Delaney, Principal's PA/ HR Adminstration on 9871 0400.



Responsibilities

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.