Learning Specialist Range 3 – Literacy – Wattle View Primary School – Wattle View NSW

Wattleview Primary School was established in May 1971 and is centrally located in Ferntree Gully whilst being close to Mountain Gate, Boronia and Knox. Wattleview has seen many changes as the geographical landscape of the local area has developed and changed. The school currently has a student enrolment of 257 students, with the largest cohort being in Year 6. We expect to see relatively stable student numbers over the next couple of years. Wattleview is in the Knox Network and is part of the Eastern Metropolitan Region and enjoys a good relationship with neighbouring schools in our immediate area.

We offer specialist sessions in the areas of Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Physical Education. The Physical Education program sees students from Level 4 participate in Interschool Sports with schools within our network. Our students have great successes in a variety of areas including Athletics, Cross Country, Interschool Sport and Swimming. Our weekly Performing Arts sessions are complemented by a ‘user pays’ Instrumental music program. Singing, Drums and Guitar are offered within this program and we also have a keyboard instructor who comes in weekly. Both of these programs are extremely well run and provide opportunities for students who have a talent and passion in this area. We also have an excellent language program run by one of our Education Support Officers. This program caters for up to 34 students each week, assisting them with the literacy skills needed to fully access the curriculum. We also have a teacher who runs an intervention program across a number of areas, including literacy, numeracy and ESL.

Wattleview Primary School’s purpose is to ‘educate learners for life’. This means providing a learning environment that : –

At Wattleview Primary School we are committed to student management and wellbeing. We are fortunate to have the services of a Chaplain who provides pastoral care for students, working in conjunction with the Social Competency programs that operate throughout the school. We have high expectations of the behaviour of our students and staff work together to ensure that these expectations are met. Our students are given opportunities to have a voice through our Junior School Council and Student Representative Council bodies. Our Level 4 students provide excellent school leadership and are role models for others. Their roles are varied, but a major responsibility for the group is to run all school assemblies and to manage the office during break times.
Wattleview is a ‘small’ school that encourages and promotes all students to be active and contributing members of our school community.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated ability to successfully lead the implementation and evaluation of learning and teaching programs, inclusive of evidence based pedagogical approaches, curriculum implementation, and effective assessment and reporting, in accordance with the relevant (or equivalent) Victorian Curriculum F–10, Victorian Certificate of Education and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.
SC2 Demonstrated outstanding classroom teaching skills and capacity to model high impact classroom teaching strategies and lead colleagues to improve their teaching and learning to enable all students to achieve their full potential.
SC3 Demonstrated outstanding ability to monitor and assess student learning data at the individual, cohort and whole school level and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning.
SC4 Demonstrated outstanding written and verbal communication skills and high level interpersonal skills including the ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with parents, other employees and the broader school community focused on student learning, wellbeing and engagement.
SC5 Demonstrated capacity to reflect critically upon their own professional practice and apply the knowledge, skills and expertise derived from ongoing professional learning to enable the further development of others’ professional practice.
SC6 Demonstrated high capacity to collaborate with staff and students within a digital environment and has actively used digital classrooms at the forefront of their teaching practice.


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

There will be a walkthrough on Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 5pm. If you wish to attend, please call Elaine Wilson on 9758 4322 to register your interest.

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 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx