Learning Specialist Range 3 - Literacy Intervention

Reference: 1199027

Location Profile

Dandenong North Primary School enjoys a long-standing reputation as a family-friendly and academically successful school. While the school was once North of Dandenong it has to be considered closer to the heart of Dandenong in modern times. In keeping with the re-generation of Dandenong as a thriving multi-cultural hub, the actual buildings of Dandenong North Primary School have undergone a transformation to bring the facilities into the 21st Century. Superb, new learning spaces provide a wonderful learning environment for over 800 students.

Our wonderful and vibrant students come from a wide diversity of cultural backgrounds and provide a model for the adult Australian society of how diversity can deliver a fantastic team and family approach to learning.

Because of the ideal size of our school with over 800 students we are provided with the resources that allow us to offer an ideal mix of specialist programs that include: Physical Education, Art, Library, English as an Additional Language, Extension activities in English Writing, Information Technology, and a number of voluntary lunch-time programs. We are also in a position to provide intervention programs for any student who may need additional support in the key areas of reading and mathematics.

Our school prides itself on the successful development of a family feeling and atmosphere among the students and staff. We believe that when students feel happy and relaxed, as they do at “home”, they will be able to make the most of every available learning opportunity. We strive to give students and their families a strong sense of belonging to a very large family! All of our staff believe in the school philosophy of “treating children as if they were our own”, and a tour through the school is all it takes to experience the feeling of a positive and supportive atmosphere.

We expect that all students should be able to achieve National and State benchmark standards in literacy and numeracy. We direct enormous resources to make sure that our students will perform at expected levels and we are most fortunate to have a team of highly skilled, capable and experienced teachers and support staff working together as a committed team to ensure every child can achieve to as high a level as possible and that no child gets left behind in their learning. Applicants need to have a high level of Literacy based skills and experience with using the 'Talk for Writing' Program in the Primary Years

Our school has a consistent record of achieving strong academic outcomes, reflecting the high quality of the teaching and the programs that we deliver in core curriculum areas. We know and understand that children need to develop a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy to guarantee life-long learning success.

We are proud to be able to provide outstanding specialist programs for many students who enrol in an Australian school for the first time after arriving in Australia from overseas. We are highly skilled at providing smooth transitional pathways into the Australian Curriculum for all of our International students. We operate an innovative two-week Reception Program for newly arrived students and an outstanding, three-part English as an Additional Language program (EAL).

Our school encourages and provides pathways to excellence in artistic and sporting fields because we believe that our students should have a love and understanding of the Arts as well as being fit, skilled and healthy in body, mind and soul. We know that fit and healthy children learn faster than those who are not, so we make sure that our physical education and sport program delivers levels of fitness and preparedness that are well above average.

Our School Council and Staff are absolutely committed to delivering an environment where students will be encouraged to be totally engaged in learning, fearless in expressing their creativity and confident in pursuing their personal goals. We want them to grow and develop as happy, independent, confident and resilient young people who will be in the best possible position when they leave us to make the most of the next phase of their education and life journeys.

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.

SC6 Demonstrated capacity to devise individual learning pathways based on proved research methodologies to structure effective literacy interventions for significant numbers of Years one and two students.


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.


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.