Barham Public School

General program enquiries (including application status updates) should be directed to the Rural Experience Program team: ruralexperience@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 02 7814 3820

Eligibility criteria for this placement:

  • Permanent employees who hold a substantive position as a teacher and meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for this placement.
  • Non-permanent employees (those on a temporary engagement / contract and casual employees) who meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for this placement.

Learning Support & RFF Teacher

Barham Public School, Barham NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Roslyn Buchanan (Principal), roslyn.buchanan1@det.nsw.edu.au, 03 5453 2133

Additional resources: explore what it's like to live and work in the Edward River area.

Placement details

Terms 1 - 4, 2023 (Applicants can request a shorter duration in their application).

Role description: The successful applicant will provide learning support across a stage and provide specialist RFF in are area of expertise as negotiated with the successful candidate.

The successful applicant will be committed to working towards developing consistent teaching practices across the school in reading using the gradual release of responsibility model.

The anticipated teaching load of the placement will be 1.0, a full time teaching load comprising of approximately 0.5 learning support and 0.5 release from face to face. The stage level and RFF content will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on their area of interest and expertise.

Additional commitments: Extra-curricular responsibilities will be negotiated with the applicant. Additional expectations includes collaborating with stage teachers to analyse student data and develop targeted teaching for small groups of students. Attendance at learning support meeting will be required.

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Recent demonstrated successful teaching practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse data to inform teaching at a classroom level.

Accommodation details

Barham Public School has single bedroom and two bedroom fully furnished Teacher Housing units currently available for rent. At this point there is also a four-bedroom unfurnished house that may be available. Rental accommodation in Barham is limited and rental opportunities are available in Kerang and Cohuna.

Please note: Teacher Housing availability can depend upon a variety of factors, including vacancy status and potential priority offers to other staff with full time rural appointments. Teacher Housing Authority (THA) may not be able to confirm allocation of properties until all applications have been received and processed. Applicants are encouraged to discuss property availability directly with THA. Participants of the Rural Experience Program are not eligible for the Housing Rental Subsidy but may rent a property (at market value) through the THA if available.

School details

Barham Public School is located on the banks of the Murray River in southwest NSW and has a student population of 136, drawn from the township and surrounding area. 5% of our enrolment includes a small, stable population of Aboriginal students and students with language backgrounds other than English. Respect, responsibility and initiative are our core school values as we aspire to achieve high engagement and excellence in student progress and achievement.

The school is well resourced and benefits from a supportive parent body and dedicated staff who are committed to providing a quality education across all key learning areas. Improving the literacy and numeracy skills of each student is a priority and teachers continue to learn how to differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of students through explicit teaching. The school has a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, visiting music specialists and the community values extracurricular activities and enrichment programs. We engage students in a broad range of experiences by utilising our strong connections to local organisations.

Our teaching focus in literacy and numeracy is to use data to inform differentiated teaching in literacy and numeracy. We aspire to see all students continuously improving in literacy and numeracy and this requires evaluative practice to determine our impact. We need to improve the types of evidence we choose and the way we collect this evidence. By embedding systematic quality assessment we will be able to monitor growth in literacy and numeracy and triangulate data so teachers are making consistent judgements and comparisons with national benchmarks, standardised tests and syllabus outcomes. Increased formative assessment practices and reflecting on teaching effectiveness will strengthen our continuous improvement. Continual monitoring of students performance data will determine our success and continued focus areas.

We aim to collaborate with students and parents about learning goals to create a school environment of outstanding attendance, wellbeing and engagement.

How to apply for this placement

  1. Refer to the Guide to Applying as you prepare your application
  2. Complete the online application form and answer the placement questions:
    1. What motivated you to apply for the program in general and specifically this placement? (max 600 words)
    2. What skills and experiences can you bring to the Rural Experience School? Why would you be a good fit for this placement (max 600 words)
  3. Attach the required documentation to your application:
    1. Endorsement of Application form (saved as a PDF)
    2. Resume / CV (maximum 2 pages as a PDF)
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