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Classroom Teacher - Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School

Victoria State Government Education and Training

Job Description Job ID: 1238461 Location: Yarra Ranges SDS Department: Yarra Ranges SDS Role Type: Other Full/Part Time: Full-Time Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term Classification: Classroom Teacher Apply By: 09/20/2021 Other Information Begin Date: 10/18/2021 End Date: 10/17/2028 Hours: 38.00 Contact Name: Janet Taylor, Principal Phone: 03 9736-2499 School Website: www.yarraranges.

vic.edu.au Location Profile Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School is a specialist school that provides a quality educational program for students with moderate and profound intellectual disabilities.

Around 45% of our students have a co-morbid diagnosis of Autism as well as a diagnosed intellectual disability. Students range in age from two years eight months to eighteen years of age. We also have a satellite unit at Healesville Primary School and we are currently exploring options for the establishment of similar units at other schools.

Students must meet the state-wide eligibility criteria to attend and are enrolled at Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School in accordance with the school’s documented enrolment policy. Our school’s philosophy is reflected in the programs and is based on the belief that all children can learn and learn best in a happy, challenging, and supportive environment. We recognize and value the individuality of our students.

All students have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which is developed by teachers in conjunction with parents, guardians and caregivers, therapists and other relevant professionals. Therapists work collaboratively with teachers to provide access for students to the curriculum. A range of augmentative communication systems are used including signing, PODDs and voice output devices.

Teaching and Learning at Yarra Ranges SDS is focused around the child with the goal being to build independence. Our instructional approach is based on Communication, School Wide Positive Behaviour Support and Structuring Functional Independence. Our vision is to promote independence through active learning and our school values for the whole school community are: Be Respectful; Be Responsible; Be Safe These are imbedded in all school policies and practices.

Our commitment to these values is supported through our positive partnerships with all members of the school and wider community. As a school we encourage active involvement and participation of students, staff, parents, caregivers, volunteers and the wider community. The students are grouped into five sections: Early Years (which includes our Early Education program); Junior; Middle; Senior and Healesville with a Team Leader in each area.

Curriculum design and delivery is enhanced by the expertise of a committed and caring multi-disciplinary staff which includes teachers, education support staff, physiotherapist, occupational therapists, speech therapists, welfare officer and specialist teachers. The teacher to student ratio enables small classes (6-10 students) with education support.

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