Graduate Teacher Program (Graduate Teacher Program)

Schools (Government)

Sunbury, VIC

Posted 9/13/2019

Location Profile

Diggers Rest Primary School – Where Individuals Matter

Our purpose is to empower all students to excel through a culture of high expectations, purposeful relationships, challenge and support.

Our spirit is learning together to make a difference.

Our character is to be supportive, understanding, flexible, positive, compassionate, dedicated, professional, proactive, inclusive and forgiving.

We believe:

  • Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of a connection, and insists they become the best they can possibly be.
  • Meaningful learning is achieved through effort and challenge.
  • Exemplary practice is informed by research and inquiry.
  • Strong relationships need to be fostered and cultivated.
  • Collaboration makes a difference.
  • High expectations set strong standards and encourage all to be the best they can be.
  • Academic, social and emotional development is strengthened through a commitment to community.

We value learning, collaboration, pride and respect.

Our challenge is to inspire our learners with the understandings and capabilities needed to engage and thrive in an ever changing world.

Diggers Rest Primary School is located within a rapidly growing suburb, approximately 35 kilometres north west of Melbourne. Originally opened in 1882, the school was rebuilt in a new location in 1990. In 2019 there are approximately 270 students enrolled with considerable growth expected.

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 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
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

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in this vacancy at Diggers Rest Primary School.

  1. Attaching your letter of introduction, resume and key selection criteria in one document is most helpful.
  2. Day time phone numbers are vital to make appointments for interview in the event that you are shortlisted.
  3. Applicants should address the key selection criteria.
  4. If you have an Employee ID Number, please include it on your application.
  5. Three (3) Referees are required. Please provide names, contact phone numbers and email addresses.
  6. Hardcopies are NOT required as you need to apply on Recruitment Online. Email applications are not acceptable.
  7. A copy of your current VIT will be required if successful.

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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