Learning Specialist Range 3: Teaching Practice

Victorian Government

Sunbury, VIC

Posted 9/9/2019

Reference: 1164693

Location Profile

Gisborne Secondary College is a large, stand alone, Year 7-12 College with an enrolment of approximately 1100 students. Our large catchment area covers the Macedon Ranges, north-west of Melbourne. Over 70% of our students travel to school by bus and the College is an important social focal point for students from different towns of the region.

Our school has an incredibly strong pathways and transition program, supporting close to 70 VCE units of study each year, over 50 School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeships, and numerous VETiS programs. A comprehensive VCAL program operates, with excellent outcomes for the students involved.

We have also established an excellent reputation in the Performing Arts, a program is now supported by our superb Performing Arts Centre.

The College aims to ensure that individuals feel safe, secure and supported in their learning within a large cohort. We are seen by the community as having a strong focus on student welfare and we have firm links to local support agencies.

Other key features of the College in recent years include:

  • A clear and well-developed teaching and learning framework that articulates sound pedagogical practice for all teachers.
  • The development and full operation of two Learning Centres for our Year 7 and 8 students.
  • A specific Year 9 Program designed to lift engagement and develop adult-like responsibilities
  • A three-year Senior School Program that allows all students to accelerate across year levels, and ensures students are better prepared for the challenges of senior school qualifications.
  • VCAL program for students in Year 11 and Year 12.
  • An extensive VET program, including: Building & Construction, Business, Engineering, Automotive, Interactive Digital Media, Music Tech Production, Equine Studies, and Electrical Industry.
  • A strong careers development and pathways program
  • A Double-court Gymnasium, in joint use with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, valued at $4m
  • The 216-seat Barcham Theatre housed within the new performing arts complex, refurbished at a cost of $1.3m.
  • The use of sophisticated Learning and Student Management Software to track student learning, student wellbeing and engagement and student pathways.
  • A 1:1 ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Computer program that provides for computer connectivity for all students across all year levels.

Staff work together in Professional Learning Teams dedicated to building teacher capacity and improving student outcomes at all levels.

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.


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.

The focus of this position is to initiate and develop strategies and programs to support and build the capacity of teachers to effectively implement the Gisborne Practice Model, which includes the newly developed Instructional Model. The successful applicant will be a member of the College’s Leadership Team, and work closely with other Learning Specialists and the Teaching and Learning Leader.

This Learning Specialist will oversee and coordinate the collection of relevant performance data, develop evidence-based and innovative practices to support the embedding of the Gisborne Paractice Model in the College’s teaching culture, provide quality professional learning and lead the development of high quality resources to support classroom teachers in the improvement of learning outcomes.


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

As a member of the Leadership Team the appointee will:

  • Work with the College Leadership team in the implementation of key College strategies and in meeting identified targets within the Strategic Plan and AIP.
  • Possess excellent knowledge and expertise in teaching and learning practice.
  • Oversee the Professional Learning Program of the College
  • Specifically support the development of teacher capacity to design and deliver teaching and learning programs, and classroom strategies, based on the Gisborne Practice Model
  • Gather, analyse and utilise data and current research trends to advise and evaluate staff Professional Learning needs.
  • Provide leadership and support to PLC Leaders in their roles in developing evidence-based teaching approaches amongst their teams

Provide leadership and support to teachers in fulfilling their roles using evidence-based and impact measurable approaches

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

  • Candidates are advised that the key selection criteria must be addressed. Visit http://www.careers.vic.gov.au/vacancies/tips-for-applying for guidelines and tips for applying for government positions and addressing key selection criteria.
  • The Department of Education & Training (DET) is committed to diversity. The Department places considerable effort and resources into responding to the needs of employees with a disability. People from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply for this position.
  • If appointed from outside DET, successful applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment health declaration.
  • A probationary period may apply for a person appointed to an ongoing position from outside the Public Service or the Teaching Service.
  • All DET employees are required to comply with relevant legislation, including legislation regarding the management of Departmental records, the Code of Conduct for Victorian public sector employees and Departmental policies and procedures in the conduct of their employment.
  • Standard public service terms and conditions apply. Information about DET's operations and employment conditions can be obtained from the following websites: www.education.vic.gov.au and www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb.
  • To support DET's commitment to its Environmental Management System, DET employees are expected to act in an environmentally responsible manner at all times.

    Applicants wishing to find out more specific information about the role please contact Jon Morley, Principal, through the College email address: gisborne.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au.

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