Position: Teacher – Physics/Science
Reports to: Head of Department and Head of School
Date: November 2020
At MLC, we are committed to providing a challenging, enriching and supportive learning
environment, which develops confident and articulate young women who have the skills,
knowledge, values and attitudes needed to shape their future and contribute
meaningfully to the international community.
MLC is committed to remain at the forefront of education and maintain our Christian
heritage while respecting the spirituality and other faiths of our community.
MLC is committed to providing an environment where diversity is valued and differences are
recognised and respected.
MLC teachers are responsible for creating and maintaining an effective learning
environment which supports the learning needs of the students in realising the MLC
Mission. Teachers are expected to be enthusiastic and passionate about their work and
to actively engage students in the learning process.
MLC teachers work in a learning community and are expected to establish and maintain
positive relationships with staff and students. They are expected to be life-long learners
and to participate in the Professional Learning Program.
MLC teachers work in a technology rich environment and are expected to integrate a
range of technologies in their practice to support student learning.
Position in Context
MLC is one of Australia’s most respected and innovative schools, with over 2,000
students from our Early Learning Centre (MLC Kindle) to Year 12, including international
students and boarders. MLC is a technology rich environment with teaching staff and
students from year 5 having a notebook computer.
MLC is comprised of four relatively autonomous schools: Junior School (MLC Kindle –
Year 6), Junior Secondary School (Years 7 and 8), Middle School (Years 9 and 10) and
Senior School (Years 11 and 12). Years 7 to 12 teachers are expected to teach across at
least two schools. The Senior School program offers a comprehensive curriculum
including the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) and
Vocational Education and Training (VCE - VET). Teachers may be expected to teach
across these programs.
Student wellbeing and student learning are intricately linked. All teachers are responsible
for the wellbeing of students and every student has a designated teacher directly
responsible for her wellbeing. MLC teachers are expected to take on a home group or
tutor group role in the Student Wellbeing program if required.
Teachers at MLC are allocated duties and are expected to attend camps, meetings,
professional development and other events as determined by the College.
MLC teachers demonstrate their breadth and influence in four settings: their own
professional learning, their work with the students they teach, their work with colleagues and
their work with the wider school community. All of these settings relate to their impact on
Through their practice and professional experiences, MLC teachers will:
1. Expand their understanding of content and how students learn using research and
2. Develop and select effective teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and
intellectual needs development and characteristics, address the learning strengths and
needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious or socio-economic
backgrounds and address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
student and support the participation and learning of students with disabilities.
3. Support, work and model with colleagues the review, development and implementation
of effective learning and teaching programs, including literacy and numeracy programs
and programs that use Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and effective
learning and teaching strategies to address underachievement across the full range of
4. Use a range of data including student feedback and student assessment collected over
time to analyse the progress of students and review learning and teaching strategies.
5. Develop a culture of high expectations for all students.
6. Create opportunities and work with colleagues to engage parents, caregivers and the
community in their children’s learning.
7. Support the understanding and implementation of government, sector and school
policies or priorities in the school community including concerned with student
wellbeing and safety and professional ethics and responsibilities.
8. Share learning goals with students and assess their progress using a range of
assessment strategies and provide regular targeted feedback to students to progress
their own learning and report on student progress to parents and caregivers.
9. Evaluate and moderate learning and teaching programs and student progress and
reports with colleagues using a range of data and artefacts of their learning.
10. Plan professional learning in the context of the National Professional Standards for
Teachers and consideration of relevant research and initiate and engage in professional
learning with colleagues to evaluate professional learning and the effectiveness of their
learning and teaching.
11. Contribute to professional networks in the school and wider education community.
The MLC professional practice standards are largely based on the revised National
Professional Standards for Teachers (Australian Institute for Teaching and School
Leadership, 2011). Within these standards at MLC, there are specific levels of
performance for Graduate, Accomplished and Expert teachers.
Essential Criteria (competencies, qualifications, knowledge and experience)
community, including staff, parents and students.
with the Child Safe Standards.
Teachers will be expected to teach across a range of secondary levels and should have an
appropriate tertiary degree with sufficient studies in chemistry and general science to
support a knowledge base that will enable them to take classes from Year 7 to Year 12.
Desirable Criteria (competencies, qualifications, knowledge and experience)
MLC performs thorough assessments of potential and existing employees. The assessments
will be used to ascertain whether the potential or existing employee is a fit and proper
person to be trusted to work in a school environment and in the position applied for or held.
The screening process includes, but is not limited to, Criminal Records Checks and Working
with Children Checks.
MLC’s commitment to child safety
MLC is committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. All
members of our community, including employees, contractors, agency staff and
volunteers, have an important role in providing students with a safe and nurturing
environment in which to prosper and thrive. MLC has zero tolerance of child abuse, and
all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently within
our policies and procedures.
MLC is committed to preventing child abuse through identifying risks early, and
removing and reducing these risks. We have robust human resources and recruitment
practices, supported by regular training and development.
We support and respect all children, as well as all members of our community. We are
committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal students, the cultural safety of children
from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background, and to providing a safe
environment for children with a disability.
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