Physical Education/stem Teacher (Classroom Teacher)

Schools (Government)

Melbourne, VIC

Posted 11/9/2019

Location Profile

This is an outstanding opportunity to work side-by-side with the Principal to develop the new Burnside Primary School. The successful applicant has a unique, exciting and rare opportunity to collaborate with the Principal to lead the school community teaching team, students and community to develop a wonderful new school for the Burnside community.

Burnside Primary School, is a brand-new school, built to accommodate 475 primary students.

The school truly presents as an innovative, unique and contemporary school. The curriculum, approach to pedagogy and culture that BPS develops will work in harmony with the design of the school buildings.

At Burnside Primary School, architectural form and educational ethos align to emphasize creativity, collaboration, innovation, wellbeing and community engagement.

The Learning Communities have been carefully designed to allow for a flexible learning space incorporating a variety of different educational modes to take place in the one building. There are 2 Learning Community buildings which can each house up to 200 students. This P-6 Learning Community incorporates a rich array of educational activities including messy wet areas, quiet reflective areas, withdrawal spaces, some library spaces and small classroom spaces. The key focus will be on flexible and adaptive spaces. Below is further information regarding the layout of “Amphitheatre” space in the Learning Community buildings.

Focus on Teaching and Learning

The quality of classroom teaching at Burnside PS will be a significant indicator of the school’s effectiveness. Effective teachers know how students learn and build on the knowledge their students bring with them. Purposeful teaching will ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn in a classroom environment that has clear learning objectives, challenging learning goals and ongoing and systemic monitoring and feedback.

High Expectations for All Learners

Burnside PS will have high expectations for all members of the school community. Teachers and students will be challenged to take advantage of all opportunities to learn and to persist when confronted with situations that require new learning. An explicit focus on effort rather than ability underpins learning interactions and the modelling of desired behaviours as there is a shared belief that all students can learn to high levels.

High expectations are also evident in the quality of the relationships between all members of the school community and their engagement and contribution to the wider community. A commitment to continuous improvement will be reflected in the way that the schools consistently communicate the importance of self-improvement and higher standards when initial targets and goals are met.


The school will establish a rigorous and intelligent system of accountability through which school, teacher and student performance can be monitored and evaluated. The school will use performance data to identify, support and monitor all students and plan professional learning activities for staff. Valid and reliable accountability measures will also allow the school leadership team to provide parents with meaningful information about the progress of the school and their children.

Learning Communities

Burnside PS will aspire to become a learning community that shares a common vision and goals, where all members work collaboratively to enhance the teaching and learning environment. Learning communities comprised of individuals with diverse expertise and knowledge which is valued, and through collaboration, drawn out, shared and used to solve school-based challenges. The learning community fosters openness, dialogue, inquiry, risk-taking and trust. In this environment, teachers feel they can make informed and responsibly decisions about innovative teaching strategies.

Stimulating and Secure Learning Environment

Burnside PS understands that the nature and quality of the environment in which students and teachers work in has a significant impact on their learning. Effective schools are stimulating places to those learning, working and visiting. The design of the environment embodies the values and principles of the school and fosters creativity and a culture of learning. Quality relationships contribute to an environment where all members feel safe, secure and valued.

Establishing the new Burnside Primary School

The new school presents and exciting opportunity for staff to contribute to a positive school culture and the future effectiveness of learning outcomes for students.

Staff will be expected to contribute to:

  • Creating a professional learning community
  • Developing a shared practice where all are engaged to continually improve
  • Developing a pedagogy and curriculum reflective of 21st century learning which maximises the use of flexible spaces
  • Developing safe and supportive learning communities based on School Wide Positive Behaviour Support
  • Community engagement and involvement in the life of the school

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum, including the capacity to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated capacity to respond to student learning needs.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to implement high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3 Demonstrated capacity to monitor and assess student learning. Demonstrated capacity to use data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4 Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, 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.


The primary focus of the range 1 classroom teacher is on further developing skills and competencies to become an effective classroom practitioner with structured support and guidance from teachers at higher levels and the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes.

These teachers teach a range of students/classes and are accountable for the effective delivery of their programs. Range 1 classroom teachers are skilled teachers who operate under general direction within clear guidelines following established work practices and documented priorities and may have responsibility for the supervision and training of one or more student teachers.

At range 1, teachers participate in the development of school policies and programs and assist in the implementation of school priorities.
The focus of a range 1 classroom teacher is on classroom management, subject content and teaching practice. New entrants to the teaching profession in their initial teaching years receive structured support, mentoring and guidance from teachers at higher levels.

Under guidance, new entrants to the teaching profession will plan and teach student groups in one or more subjects and are expected to participate in induction programs and other professional learning activities that are designed to ensure the integration of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy across the school.

Teachers at range 1 are responsible for teaching their own classes and may also assist and participate in policy development, project teams and the organisation of co-curricula activities.


The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:

- Direct teaching of groups of students and individual students;

- Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of a curriculum area or other curriculum program within the school;

- Undertaking other classroom teaching related and organisational duties as determined by the School Principal;

- Participating in activities such as parent/teacher meetings; staff meetings; camps and excursions;

- Undertaking other non-teaching supervisory duties.

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

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

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.

- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at

Conditions of Employment

  • 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.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at

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