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Employment Opportunities in Independent Schools. Independent Schools in Tasmania 34 independent schools in Tasmania 34 independent schools in Tasmania.

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1 Employment Opportunities in Independent Schools

2 Independent Schools in Tasmania 34 independent schools in Tasmania 34 independent schools in Tasmania Service students Service students Include some catholic independent colleges Include some catholic independent colleges Wide ranging in all parts of the state. Wide ranging in all parts of the state. Specialist, K-12 Specialist, K-12

3 Opportunities for employment Teaching contracts Teaching contracts Short-term Short-term Relief teaching Relief teaching Project work Project work Sports coaching Sports coaching Involvement in Music /Arts programmes Involvement in Music /Arts programmes Medium Term Medium Term Permanent Permanent Usually confirmed after 1 year as a temporary teacher unless it is a replacement position or a specified temporary role. Usually confirmed after 1 year as a temporary teacher unless it is a replacement position or a specified temporary role.

4 Conditions Schools employment is regulated through the Independent Schools (Teachers) Award Schools employment is regulated through the Independent Schools (Teachers) Award In addition each school has an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement that is a supplement to the Award which deals with site specific requirements of staff In addition each school has an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement that is a supplement to the Award which deals with site specific requirements of staff negotiated with staff representatives biannually. negotiated with staff representatives biannually. usually an expectation that employed staff will contribute significantly to the school in extra curricular activities. usually an expectation that employed staff will contribute significantly to the school in extra curricular activities.

5 Employment Enquiries regarding employment in any of the schools must be directed to the school concerned. Enquiries regarding employment in any of the schools must be directed to the school concerned. The Association of Independent Schools has no part in the appointment of staff to schools. Some schools have links to this site The Association of Independent Schools has no part in the appointment of staff to schools. Some schools have links to this site

6 Advertisement of Positions Schools usually advertise positions in The Weekend Australian, The Mercury (South), The Advocate (NW) or The Examiner (North). Schools usually advertise positions in The Weekend Australian, The Mercury (South), The Advocate (NW) or The Examiner (North). Independent Schools also advertise employment opportunities: Independent Schools also advertise employment opportunities: on positions in Tasmanian and other States/Territories on positions in Tasmanian and other States/Territorieswww.independentschools.com.au on individual school websites (click on Member Schools page to access individual websites) on individual school websites (click on Member Schools page to access individual websites)

7 Opportunities for employment Become known at one or more schools through: Become known at one or more schools through: Teaching experience Teaching experience Seek a School Experience ( either 2or 3 )in an independent school Seek a School Experience ( either 2or 3 )in an independent school Be aware that independent schools are often a more sheltered environment than those in government schools. Be aware that independent schools are often a more sheltered environment than those in government schools. prepare your experience in teaching across a wide range of schools prepare your experience in teaching across a wide range of schools aim to be particularly strong in class management aim to be particularly strong in class management

8 Opportunities for employment Project or research work Project or research work Voluntary work Voluntary work get involved and ask the school to acknowledge your involvement in writing for your CV. get involved and ask the school to acknowledge your involvement in writing for your CV. Sports coaching Sports coaching

9 Relief Teaching Relief Teaching Relief Teaching You will be required to get a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) You will be required to get a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) Each Independent School must provide evidence that there is a skill shortage in a particular area to employ undergraduate teachers. It is the school’s responsibility to provide this and to obtain a LAT if they wish to employ you in other than a support capacity. They will need to show that no Registered teacher is available to fill the position. Each Independent School must provide evidence that there is a skill shortage in a particular area to employ undergraduate teachers. It is the school’s responsibility to provide this and to obtain a LAT if they wish to employ you in other than a support capacity. They will need to show that no Registered teacher is available to fill the position.

10 Making an Application Provide a Curriculum Vitae or Resume Provide a Curriculum Vitae or Resume Include a photograph Include a photograph Include a summary of your experience and how it has developed skills in particular areas. Include a summary of your experience and how it has developed skills in particular areas. Don’t just list experiences Don’t just list experiences Summarise how these have developed or refined particular areas. Summarise how these have developed or refined particular areas. Be brave: demonstrate your computer literacy. Be brave: demonstrate your computer literacy.

11 Computer Literacy Web site Web site CD with graphic documentation of teaching assignments CD with graphic documentation of teaching assignments Segment of your contact with children Segment of your contact with children Your portfolio Your portfolio Use your imagination. This will demonstrate to the selection committee that you are special and have something special to offer the school. Use your imagination. This will demonstrate to the selection committee that you are special and have something special to offer the school.

12 Interests and Passions List any life experiences you have that will have a bearing on your teaching personality List any life experiences you have that will have a bearing on your teaching personality Don’t be put off by the fact that you are a beginning teacher. You are an individual with a dynamic life story that will influence your approach to your teaching. Don’t be put off by the fact that you are a beginning teacher. You are an individual with a dynamic life story that will influence your approach to your teaching.

13 Be Brave Independent schools are increasingly influenced by staffing schedules and are likely to grow teachers in teamwork, rather than appointing only experienced teachers Independent schools are increasingly influenced by staffing schedules and are likely to grow teachers in teamwork, rather than appointing only experienced teachers Be brave Be brave Research the school Research the school Make an application Make an application

14 Professional Teacher Organisations Tasmania has several professional teacher organisations: Tasmania has several professional teacher organisations: Tasmanian Science Teachers’ Association Tasmanian Science Teachers’ Association Mathematical Teachers of Tasmania Mathematical Teachers of Tasmania Australian Literacy Educators Association ( ALEA) Australian Literacy Educators Association ( ALEA) Get involved it gives you confidence and credibility Get involved it gives you confidence and credibility

15 Referees Written references are usually only positive Written references are usually only positive Seek balance in your application by including referees who are willing to answer questions on attributes of your character and ability from the selection panel. Seek balance in your application by including referees who are willing to answer questions on attributes of your character and ability from the selection panel. List their names and contact numbers. List their names and contact numbers. Always advise your referees of the specific targets of your application. Always advise your referees of the specific targets of your application.

16 Christian teaching Most independent schools are Christian based and desire staff with a personal commitment to Christian principles. Most independent schools are Christian based and desire staff with a personal commitment to Christian principles. be honest be honest Don’t exaggerate your Christian commitment… you may be required to teach Christian Studies…you need to feel comfortable with this. Don’t exaggerate your Christian commitment… you may be required to teach Christian Studies…you need to feel comfortable with this.

17 Other Factors All things being equal, confident male teachers are highly sought after in schools All things being equal, confident male teachers are highly sought after in schools Opportunities for residence are available in the boarding houses of K-12 independent schools as tutors. Opportunities for residence are available in the boarding houses of K-12 independent schools as tutors.

18 Privacy In respect of your privacy schools will keep your information for a limited period of time only. Feel free to update schools regularly on your availability and to present your profile for vacancies they advertise. In respect of your privacy schools will keep your information for a limited period of time only. Feel free to update schools regularly on your availability and to present your profile for vacancies they advertise.

19 Be Your Best Don’t rely on a general application to all vacancies or all schools. Don’t rely on a general application to all vacancies or all schools. address selection criteria specifically address selection criteria specifically Take the time to personalise your application to a particular school. Take the time to personalise your application to a particular school. Schools have many applications for each particular vacancy. Yours will be short listed or rejected after a 15 minute perusal. Make sure you are succinct and individual. Schools have many applications for each particular vacancy. Yours will be short listed or rejected after a 15 minute perusal. Make sure you are succinct and individual.

20 Finally To teach is to touch lives forever To teach is to touch lives forever Best wishes for your career in education Best wishes for your career in education Jon Hosford Representing Association of Independent Schools Tasmania


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