Department of Education
Remote Teaching Service Pool
Pool Ref RTS347083
Teacher (School Education Act General Agreement)

Appointment Pool

 

A community established hundreds of kilometres beyond the bitumen
offers a very unique career opportunity and life experience…

 

We are seeking talented educators interested in working in our remote schools in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest and Goldfields regions.

Teachers who are employed on a permanent basis by the WA Department of Education should apply to the Remote Teaching Service Pool for permanent teachers, advertised here.

This is a unique opportunity for early childhood, primary, and secondary trained teachers to deliver flexible and innovative educational programs to students in remote areas ensuring they have access to high quality education and are not disadvantaged by their location. Skills and interests in literacy, numeracy and English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D) are highly valued.

As part of our Remote Teaching Service you will join a dedicated group of around 200 teachers living and working in 38 remote communities throughout Western Australia. If you like working collaboratively as part of a team, this is your opportunity to join an innovative learning community.

The Remote Teaching Service requires a mix of motivated, creative and resilient staff with a wide range of experience, skills and abilities. Your teaching needs to be flexible and relevant to the needs of students in very diverse educational, cultural, social, economic and geographical environments. As a result applications are encouraged from a broad group of interested teachers including existing teachers, prospective graduates and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers.

We offer a rewarding career that has many professional, financial and personal benefits including a remote teacher service salary allowance of between $15,370 and $20,870 per annum in addition to your salary, locality allowances, transportation to and from the location on appointment and free housing. Appointments to the RTS are only made on a full time, fixed term basis.

This is an open ended recruitment pool and applications can be submitted throughout the term of the pool.

A selection panel will convene regularly to assess new applications received.  This process to assess suitability for placement into the RTS pool will be undertaken immediately following these dates: 

  • Monday, 24 August 2020

New complete applications received by midnight on the above dates will be reviewed by the selection panel. Complete applications are those applications that contain all the necessary documentation required PLUS the two referee reports returned from the nominated referees.  The onus for this is on the applicant themselves, therefore we advise that applicants don’t leave it to the last minute to apply as they need to ensure sufficient time for referees to complete and return the report by the intake deadline.  When applicants submit their application they should also contact their two referees and make sure the referees are contactable, willing and able to complete the report ASAP.

Although we send out reminders to all listed referees, SRES cannot be held responsible for the late return of these reports. 

Successful applicants will be placed into the appointment pool for a maximum of 12 months. If you accept an offer for an appointment for a 12 month period or more, your application will be removed from the pool.  Should you then wish to be considered for remote appointments after your application has been withdrawn, you can resubmit your application at any time. Previous entry to the RTS pool will not guarantee subsequent entry. Each application will be assessed for competitiveness and suitability on each occasion.  Suitability and competitiveness may alter over time.

Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply at any time to be considered by the panel during the next assessment process.

An applicant’s suitability for the RTS pool will be assessed by the selection panel using information provided in a written application. In addition to this information, referees will be contacted during the assessment process. Information provided by nominated referees will be used by the panel to assess an applicant’s suitability for the pool.

Teachers who are participating in the WA Department of Education Leap Program (formerly known as the Switch Program) may choose to indicate on their online application that they are qualified to teach in their Leap qualification area and/or their existing qualification even prior to completion of the program.  They may be offered positions in their area of Leap qualification, and/or their initial qualifications.

 
HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are required to provide a comprehensive CV and a written statement.Your written statement should address at least the following key aspects.

  1. The personal attributes you believe you would bring, both personally and professionally, to living and working in a remote community school.
  2. The teaching skills you would bring to a remote community school classroom that will assist in improving the achievement standards of your students.
  3. The challenges, personally and professionally, you think you would face living and working in a remote community and
  4. The personal attributes you believe will assist you to address these challenges.

In addition, to be suitable for this role your written statement will need to demonstrate your competency against the following domains (that govern the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers).

  • professional knowledge
  • professional practice
  • professional engagement.

It is important to provide relevant information that clearly demonstrates your teaching experience.

It is also important to provide information that demonstrates your understanding of and your suitability to work in a remote location.

Information provided by referees is a significant part of this process.  Applicants should ensure that at least one nominated referee is a current line manager.  Where this is not possible or appropriate, referees should be recent and relevant.
 

APPOINTMENTS FROM THE POOL

During the online application process you will nominate the remote schools where you are interested in teaching.  Schools other than those you nominate may also contact you to discuss opportunities.

Schools will consider applicants from this pool to fill fixed-term positions as they arise.  Principals may contact pool applicants to discuss suitability for specific placement opportunities.  They will consider qualifications, experience and suitability for the specific location and school context before offers of employment are made to preferred applicants.

Due to limitations in available Government Regional Officers Housing (GROH) accommodation at RTS locations, suitability of applicants for appointment from the pool may be affected by accommodation requirements of applicants.

Except for applicants who are permanently employed by the Department as a teacher, a school may only offer an appointment via this pool to an eligible and available applicant - that is an applicant who is not currently employed by the Department for the period of the appointment or is employed by the Department on a fixed-term contract and the position being offered is a promotion, an increased work fraction or for a longer period of time.

If you are currently a permanent teacher with the Department your Principal will need to approve your release before you can accept a fixed-term appointment at another school or location.

Applying for this pool does not guarantee appointment.

Some vacancies in the RTS may be filled by appointments other than from this pool where the needs of the Department are better met by doing so.
 

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online.  Select “Apply for Job”, located at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen. 

It is recommended that you have your documents complete and ready to attach prior to clicking on “Apply for Job”. Further information on how to prepare these documents can be found in the attached ‘Writing your CV and Covering Letter’ guide attached below.

You will also be required to attach supporting documentation, as outlined below.  It is recommended that you also have these documents ready to attach before clicking the “Apply for Job” button.

Documentation required to progress your application includes:

·           Evidence of your current Western Australian teacher registration, i.e. Teachers Registration Board of Western Australia or the TRBWA acknowledgement of receipt of application to show you have applied for Western Australian teacher registration.(for graduate teachers only)

 

·           Current academic transcripts indicating your course of study, including copies of undergraduate degrees and any postgraduate qualifications (if applicable).

Your transcripts must clearly identify:

·           Your name

·           University name

·           Course name

·           Units completed

·           Current enrolment/course completion date

·           Identification (e.g. birth certificate, passport, change of name documentation – marriage     certificate).

·           Evidence of eligibility to work in Australia, including Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian work permit (e.g. citizenship papers, Australian work visa with date of entry - Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

·           Contact details for two referees.

 

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Schools Recruitment team on (08) 9264 4127.

 

Further information on how to apply is available via the attachments below.

 

If you are having trouble submitting your online application, please contact Schools Recruitment (System Support) on (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

 

Applicants must have a current, valid email address in order to apply, as all correspondence with applicants will be via email.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Employees will be required to:

  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check
  • be registered with the Teacher Registration Board (TRB).  Information regarding eligibility may be obtained by contacting TRB on (08) 9230 0600 or for Country callers 1300 652 911 or www.trb.wa.gov.au  

TRAINING

 

Employees will be required to:

  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement; and
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy 

As approved by the Public Sector Commission (PSC), the Department for Education will be applying a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

 

For further information about working for the Remote Teaching Service and the benefits that it offers please visit   http://det.wa.edu.au/careers/detcms/portal/

 
Appointed applicants may be eligible for Recognition for Teachers - Prior Service and Qualifications.

For further job related information:

Please contact Alanna Orso, Principal Consultant – Recruitment, on (08) 9264 5402.

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE

 

PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

 


ATTACHMENTS: - Writing your CV and Covering Letter Guide.pdf


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WORK TYPE:  Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
LOCATION: Regional & Remote
CLOSING DATE: 2020-09-30 4:30 PM
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