Learning Area Leader – English

Woodleigh School Senior Campus is seeking a Learning Area Leader – English on a full-time, 3-year fixed-term contract, commencing Term 1 2022.

Position: Learning Area Leader – English Campus: Senior Reports to: Senior Campus Deputy Heads of Teaching and Learning

Collaborates with: Generalist and Specialist Teachers and support staff

Key Relationships: Learning Area Members, Learning Area Leaders, Homestead Coordinators, Homestead Tutors

Position Summary

The Learning Area Leader – English works closely with the Senior Campus Learning and Teaching Team and subject teachers to provide high-quality programs for all students. The Learning Area Leader – English has specific responsibilities for leading colleagues to develop, deliver, and review learning and teaching programs in their Learning Area. They work to inspire enthusiastic, effective teaching and learning within their Learning Area, ensuring that resources, talents, and facilities are employed to support student growth and achieve the strategic goals of the school, while also contributing to the school’s Camp and Activities programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading colleagues to develop learning and teaching programs using comprehensive knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements
  • Leading colleagues to select and develop teaching strategies to improve student learning using knowledge of students’ individual needs
  • Leading processes to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching programs using research and school-based evidence, such as assessment data
  • Modelling exemplary professional behaviour and teaching of subjects using effective, research-based learning and teaching programs
  • Working with colleagues to review, modify and expand their repertoire of teaching strategies to enable students to use knowledge, skills, problem-solving and critical and creative thinking
  • Initiating and engaging in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practise directed at improving professional knowledge and practice, and the educational outcomes of students.
  • Developing and maintaining communication, co-operation and collaboration between all members of the Learning Area.
  • Coordinating and supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s strategic curriculum initiatives.
  • Liaising with the Deputy Heads of Teaching and Learning in counselling members of the Learning Area on appropriate teaching practices.

Learning Area Leadership

  • Lead the implementation of the MYP within the Learning Area
  • Lead the review and development of effective teaching strategies to address student needs
  • Lead the implementation of the teaching and learning policies, and quality assessment and reporting practices
  • Support, mentor and manage all Learning Area members
  • Assist with the review of teaching staff
  • Convene and conduct meetings to lead the process of curriculum development and delivery
  • Meet the compliance requirements of VCAA and IB in relation to VCE/VET, IB MYP, and Senior Years programs
  • Ensure that Learning Area staff are aware of current practices, research and literature in their teaching areas
  • Take a lead role in promoting and supporting student, staff and visitor safety and well-being
  • Prepare, manage and review the annual budget to ensure the ongoing delivery of quality educational experiences
  • Oversee the selection and organisation of excursions
  • Ensure the continued development of resources, including textbooks, class sets and teacher resources
  • Participate in, and advise on the preparation of courses of study, in consultation with Learning Area members and school leaders
  • Oversee all aspects of the development of end of semester examinations
  • Oversee the use, care and maintenance of Learning Area facilities

School and Campus Leadership

  • Member of the Senior Campus Learning and Teaching Team
  • Meet regularly with the Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning – MYP and Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning – Senior Secondary to plan, manage and review programmes relating to curriculum development, delivery and assessment
  • Identify, lead and participate in appropriate professional development activities
  • Collaborate with other Learning Area leaders, teachers and school leaders across the campus, and from other campuses, as required
  • Advise Head of Senior Campus on the selection, appointment and deployment of staff
  • Promote the activities of the staff and students to the broader community through the School Newsletter, Assemblies, Local Newspaper, and Professional Journals, as appropriate.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience or skills in the following areas:

Experience and Skills

Must be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children.
  • Relevant classroom teaching experience or experience working with children
  • Professional practice that is strongly aligned with the expectations of The Woodleigh Teacher
  • A commitment to the development of a high-quality Humanities education experience for all students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong communication skills – written and oral
  • Strong management skills.
  • Strong financial management skills.

Education and Qualifications

  • Appropriate tertiary qualification in Education.

Personal Qualities

  • A commitment to Woodleigh’s Values of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment
  • A commitment to the School’s co-curricular, experiential and outdoor education programmes
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • The determination to strive for personal best
  • A willingness to innovate and encourage the development of creativity


  • Experience in designing, implementing and assessing effective curriculum
  • Experience in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
  • Experience in a similar role or demonstrable potential to succeed in a leadership role
  • Knowledge of and experience with current educational trends in English education.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the application of ICT in English education.
  • Familiarity with inquiry-based curriculum frameworks, such as those promoted by the IB
  • Expertise with experiential, project-based and problem-based learning approaches

Conditions of Employment

  • A VIT Registration is required for this position.
  • Qualification and First Aid Training confirmation are required for this position.
  • Woodleigh is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to appointing staff on the basis of merit.
  • At Woodleigh School, we have zero-tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm.  All staff are to abide by the Child Safety Code of Conduct.
  • It is a condition of employment that all staff take responsibility for a safe and healthy work environment and have a commitment to equal employment opportunity and a workplace free from discrimination and harassment.
  • All staff are required to observe and uphold all of Woodleigh’s Privacy policies and procedures as implemented or varied from time to time.
  • Woodleigh operates a smoke-free work environment.


3 years.

To Apply

Applications should be addressed to HR and submitted via Seek.

All applications need to include an updated resume and include a covering letter outlining the following (no more than 500 words):

  • Your philosophy of teaching and learning and leadership
  • What experience you bring to this role and
  • What studies contribute to the role.

If you have any queries relating to this position please contact Richard Owens, Director of Learning, Strategy and Innovation –

Applications close 5pm Friday 18 June 2021.


Located on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Woodleigh School is an independent, coeducational school comprising two Junior Campuses, Minimbah in Frankston South and Penbank in Moorooduc and a Senior Campus in Langwarrin South.

At Woodleigh, education is focused on our commitment to the holistic development of every student. We provide a nurturing and challenging environment that supports students to build the knowledge, skills and dispositions that they will need to thrive at and beyond school. We aim to develop independent, resilient, creative and compassionate individuals who can find personal success in life while making a positive contribution to the communities in which they live. 

At Woodleigh School, we see the development of academic learning, personal wellbeing, and student engagement as being interdependent. As a result, we promote the development of student outcomes across the essential elements of learning: the understanding of concepts, the acquisition of knowledge, the mastery of skills, the development of productive attitudes, and the ability to perform meaningful tasks in real-world settings. We understand that such deep learning is best cultivated in safe, supportive and respectful environments where students can take risks, question their assumptions, respond creatively, and explore new ways of thinking.  

The Woodleigh Teacher

A teacher at Woodleigh School: 

  • Encourages a culture of mutual respect, inquiry, innovation and learning 
  • Places an emphasis on the 5 Elements of the Woodleigh model for Personalised Learning in their professional practice  
  • Real-world learning 
  • Assessment for learning 
  • Life-long learning 
  • Student agency, coaching and mentoring  
  • Wellbeing and engagement 
  • Communicates effectively with students and families about student learning and progress 
  • Sets high academic achievement expectations 
  • Identifies and supports students' social, emotional, and behavioural learning needs 
  • Facilitates, designs and engages with effective collaboration 
  • Provides timely feedback and collaborates with others to offer specialised support 

Woodleigh School is an equal opportunity employer. 

Woodleigh School is committed to a Child Safe school environment and has zero-tolerance for child abuse.