Graduate Teacher - 2020 (Graduate Teacher Program)

Schools (Government)

East Wangaratta, VIC

Posted 5/24/2020

Location Profile

Beechworth Primary School Profile 2020

Beechworth Primary School is a child-centred school. The voices of our children are significant – their views are respected. The school believes that children are adventurous in acquiring knowledge, intellectually curious and keen to actively engage in making sense of their world. The school encourages their joyful pursuit of learning for all members of our Community.


Believe, Persist, Succeed


For all members of our community to value and embrace the educational opportunities for every child.


We aim for excellence in all we do, our decisions and choices are guided by our core values; respect, persistence, caring and safety, inclusiveness and trust. The celebration and promotion of personal best is at the forefront in all we do. Through this we build productive and positive relationships with all members of our school community.


Beechworth is a historic gold mining town in North East Victoria. Like all small, rural towns it has unique characteristics. In Beechworth the preservation of heritage buildings, a beautiful natural environment and a vibrant arts community has combined to create an environment in which tourism is a major industry. Beechworth Primary School was built in 1875 and consists of a central heritage building classified by the National Trust.

Beechworth Primary School is set on five acres of spacious and attractive grounds that feature a stand of sequoias more than 100 years old. The grounds offer a stimulating physical environment that enhances formal education. During 2010 our school received funding from the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution program. $2million spent on the construction of a purpose built 21st Century Learning Centre. This centre includes 4 open-plan learning spaces, plus a library area. An exciting new building for Beechworth Primary School.

The school draws its students from the town and the surrounding rural area and is a major focus within the community. Our current enrolment is 200 students and we expect it to remain around that number in the coming years.

Teaching and Learning

Beechworth Primary School addresses the learning needs of each and every child. Our Curriculum program runs on a repeating 2 year cycle, and covers all aspects of the Victorian Curriculum, emphasising Literacy and Numeracy. For our Inquiry based learning we use a program called MAPPEN. MAPPEN units are designed around eight concepts, each explored developmentally from Foundation through to Year 6. Following the MAPPEN program all students explore the same concept at the same time, allowing for whole school immersion and cross level collaboration. The eight concepts are Community, Sustainability, Social Justice, Creativity, Identity, Change, Necessity and Curiosity.

Determining the specific learning requirements of each child is the key to our highly successful literacy and numeracy program. Our program is based on the Victorian Curriculum, and rather than focus generally on whole classes, we ‘fluid-group’ children according to ability. This facilitates more accurate teaching. Within groups, children may also have individual learning plans designed to fit their needs. In this way, gaps in individual learning are continually identified, and teaching is fine-tuned to address them. Knowing precisely which literacy and numeracy concepts each child needs to develop ensures the progression of all students.

We have teachers dedicated to specialist programs in Performing Arts, Physical Education, Music and Visual Arts. Our LOTE (Languages Other Than English) program focuses on Indonesian language, and more generally, on promoting a cultural and geographic awareness of southeast Asia. We also offer an excellent Sports program, with opportunities for students to compete at regional through to state levels.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated understanding of initiatives in student learning including the Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 and Assessment and Reporting Advice and the capacity to implement and evaluate learning and teaching programs in accordance with the Victorian curriculum.

SC2 Demonstrated understanding of how students learn and effective classroom teaching strategies and the capacity to work with colleagues to continually improve teaching and learning.

SC3 Demonstrated capacity to monitor and assess student learning data and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning.

SC4 Demonstrated high level 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 to focus on student learning, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated commitment to continually improving teaching quality and capacity through the application of knowledge, skills and expertise derived from ongoing professional development and 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.


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
year level

- Monitoring, evaluating and reporting student progress in key
learning areas

- Implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student
learning outcomes

- Maintaining records of class attendance and recording student

- Implementing effective student management consistent with the
school charter.

- 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
welfare programs

- Contributing to a range of co-curricular programs

Who May Apply

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.

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

Program Benefits
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