Graduate Teacher Program (Graduate Teacher Program)
Devon Meadows Primary School aims to create a passionate learning community that inspires, challenges and supports all students to achieve their personal best and make a positive contribution to the world in which they live. The School has a student population of approx 234 and is located in an attractive rural setting, approximately 7km south-east from Cranbourne. The school opened in 1916.
Students come from a variety of socio-economic settings including rural acreages and urban areas of Cranbourne. Most students are driven to school as they reside outside of walking distance, many passing by other local schools to attend Devon Meadows. Transition programs are well established with local pre-school and secondary schools. Students are involved in a series of activities throughout the year to ensure a smooth transition the following year.
The SFO for Devon Meadows Primary School is currently 0.5143. The number of students where English is a second language, has remained low for the past 4 years.
The school opened its six classroom learning centre as part of the BER program in 2011. All other classes occur in relocatable classrooms. The Devon Meadows Community Hall is located on site and is run by a committee of management made up of the City of Casey, the Uniting Church of Australia, community members and the Devon Meadows Primary School Council. As managers of this facility, the students and parents of Devon Meadows Primary School have great access to this large hall for sports, assemblies and other activities as required throughout the year.
Where possible, students are organised into multi-aged classes around the Victorian Curriculum. Teachers work in collaborative teams as part of the overall professional learning community approach to plan and deliver the curriculum. There is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy throughout the school. Specialist classes offered include Physical Education, Indonesian and Performing Arts. The Performing Arts program has a number of elements including a school concert for our Junior School and Wakakirri for our Middle and Senior School.
Our school has continued to work on becoming an ‘Outstanding School’. All members of the school community are engaged in developing a common language and belief about the many things we do well and realise they have a role to play in making Devon Meadows Primary School an Outstanding place to learn. We are committed to developing effective partnerships between staff, students, parents and community groups. Parental involvement in the school is high and creates a strong sense of community.
The four school values of: Respect, Teamwork, Commitment to Learning and Friendship form an important foundation for these activities.
Devon Meadows Primary School is a safe school and adheres to the Child Safe Standards.
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 behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated capacity to reflect upon practice and engage in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.
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.
Core responsibilities include:
- Planning and implementing a range of teaching programs or
courses of study
- Teaching an area of the curriculum or a general curriculum to a
- Monitoring, evaluating and reporting student progress in key
- Implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student
- Maintaining records of class attendance and recording student
- Implementing effective student management consistent with the
- Working with a mentor to participate in professional development
planning, implementation and reflection developing a professional
Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Supervising a range of student activities including support and
- Contributing to a range of co-curricular programs
For the purpose of the Teacher Graduate Recruitment Program, graduate applicant eligibility is defined as a four-year trained qualified teacher who has completed all course requirements and graduated within the last four years; and not employed as a teacher by the Department at the time of the commencement of the advertised vacancy. Applicants must also be currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
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.
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
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
- 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
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