Employment Maxwell Creative School


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Primary Teacher for 2020

Looking for a primary educator!

We are looking for an awesome teacher to be with us full-time at our Maxwell Creative School in Cockatoo with our seniors (grade 4 – 6) in 2020, and a view to ongoing years of employment.

Applications close at 10pm Tuesday 5th November!

Click here to apply!


The Maxwell Creative School is a primary school in Cockatoo created by the School of Creative Education.

MCS is (and we are too) unusual.

We are:

  • a brand new, small, creative school… only 1 year old so bring your creative influence
  • democratic by nature…shape, collaborate and co-create with us, and
  • ecologically focused… we’re on a rural property with animals and wilderness.

We are also progressive. Being a creative school, all of our learning is done through the creative process rather than the academic process. This means the students are self-directed, undertake projects and document their progress. They are not imposed upon in any way by adults. They are not tested or ‘disciplined’ but instead are self-evaluative and self-regulated.

Being a brand new school, we can’t offer our educators remuneration above the top level of our award (Educational Services Teacher’s Award 2010) as our budget is tight. Lucky we’re not in teaching for the money, are we? The awesome benefits, however, about teaching in a school like ours, is that:

  • teachers facilitate rather than teach
  • teachers exist outside-the-box
  • teachers co-create the nature and direction of the school
  • teachers say, “Can we please order this or do that,” and it’s my job and the job of the board to say, “Yes, how can we help.”,
  • teachers are able to pursue their own creative interests during the school day, and
  • we have a 3 week break over winter holidays. Just saying 🙂


We are looking for an awesome teacher to be with us full-time for our seniors (grade 4 – 6) in 2020 with a view to ongoing years of employment.

Applications close at 10pm Tuesday 5th November.

Please read the position description below for more info about how our teachers work.

In your application, please include:

  • your C.V.
  • a cover letter letting us know who you are and why you feel aligned with us
  • one short response for each selection criteria below (as applications without these responses cannot be considered)

Selection Criteria 

  • minimum two years’ experience in an inquiry-based, project-based and / or experiential educational setting with the capacity to make a contribution to curriculum, pedagogy and policy
  • qualifications, or combinations of qualifications, that meet the requirements for teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • understanding of the creative process born of creative interests which may include personal or professional creative pursuits
  • demonstrated high-level communication and interpersonal skills including a capacity and love for collaboration and democratic decision-making
  • demonstrated ability and experience in understanding the unique nature of providing high quality educational experiences to young people with learning needs, such as autism, anxiety and sensory processing disorders
  • an understanding and commitment to the objectives, values and vision of the School of Creative Education
  • valid and current drivers’ licence, and
  • Level 2 First Aid and CPR (can be gained).


Our mission is to enable students to learn, grow and achieve in light of who they are through the creative process rather than traditional academic processes.


Our vision is to facilitate a creative education and democratic ‘school of thought’ for creative students on campuses throughout Australia, within a learning culture that is founded upon the world’s best creative education and democratic education principles and practices.

Learning Objectives

Our objectives are to enable each student’s:

  • lifelong creative learning journey
  • capacity to identify and create solutions to problems
  • development of creative and co-creative capacities and capabilities
  • ability to co-create their social, environmental and collective aesthetic
  • progression through curriculum levels, and
  • achievements of national benchmarks in literacy and numeracy.

We aim to achieve these objectives by:

  • facilitating and evaluating developmentally appropriate creative and democratic experiences that build upon each student’s innate state of creativity and drive for creative and academic learning, and
  • ensuring the school plans for and achieves improvements in these learning outcomes in the context of our creative and democratic learning community.

Our Values:

  • sustainability
  • self-sufficiency
  • re-cycled and up-cycled
  • hand-made, and local.

Creative Education

  • facilitates learning through the creative process rather than the academic process
  • offers inquiry-based learning that includes projects, problem-solving, collaboration and studio-based learning
  • is democratic … all participants govern and shape the culture and regulations of the school
  • requires self-directed learning
  • individual education programs
  • provides multi-age learning across home groups, literacy, numeracy, specialist classes and studios
  • implements the Australian curriculum
  • has maker-space technologies available in studio settings
  • offers a unified high-tech, high-eco environment
  • facilitates animal, agricultural and conservation experiences
  • facilitates local, national and international projects, and
  • promotes student-lead social and ecological enterprises born of students’ projects.

Primary Objectives of Educators

It is the role of the educators to facilitate and evaluate student learning through the creative process.

Educators are to:

  • be primarily responsible for the students in their multi-age homegroup
  • assess, record and report on student development including formal assessment and reporting procedures
  • educate according to the educational needs, abilities, interests and achievements of individual students and groups of students
  • help students design, implement and evaluate their Individual Education Programs including projects
  • enable students to access resources needed to fulfil projects
  • promote the fulfilment of the students’ projects including end of semester presentations
  • collaboratively develop, teach and evaluate learning experiences across the 8 key learning areas of the Australian curriculum in sessions timetabled during the week
  • integrate and uphold our democratic environment
  • supervise students in unstructured recess and lunch sessions, and while travelling or engaging in offsite experiences
  • help maintain relevant facilities and resources to support programs
  • participate in staff meetings, and whole school and home-group democratic meetings
  • discuss student progress with parents and guardians, staff and other professionals as necessary
  • participate in appropriate professional development opportunities, annual performance reviews and constructively participate in supervision
  • implement the Child-Safe Policy and Student Welfare Policy and incorporate into relationships the appreciation and value of diversity including community members’ background, religion, and learning needs
  • observe and support the ethos, policies and procedures of the Maxwell Primary School and the School of Creative Education, and
  • participate as a member of our whole school community.

Each educator is registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, has a firm understanding of inquiry-based learning, and is both educated and experienced in their professional and personal inquiry. As ‘teacherprenuers’, they undertake their own self-directed, creative practices in shared studio space with the other educators.

Educators participate in regular and progressive professional development on and off-site. These inquiries may include the development of the arts and sciences, the nature of creativity and the creative process, specific learning needs of our students, inquiry-based and nature-based pedagogies, or collaboration and democratic skills development.

Are you curious?

Please call us or see us sometime if you’d like some more information while applying.

love, Jane Macdonald, Founder

ph: 1300116654

Other information

The School of Creative Education:

  • commits to the employment of high quality, qualified and experienced employees
  • ensures new employees are inducted well
  • ensures employees receive support in their professional development
  • records and seeks to resolve inappropriate conduct and unsatisfactory performance of all employees including volunteers

The school is committed to following fair and just recruitment standards in the selection of employees, volunteers, contractors and consultants, however our primary consideration is the safety and wellbeing of children. The school has developed recruitment and selection guidelines that outline the processes the school will follow in its recruitment of employee.

The school ensures that recruitment processes are in place to manage and reduce the risk of child abuse. In addition, processes are in place to ensure there are appropriate employee induction programs, employee professional development, and employee supervision arrangements to ensure a child safe environment.

These include:

  • face to face recruitment interviews against clear job descriptions and stringent selection criteria
  • confidential reference checks
  • Working with children Check and Police Record Check prior to commencement, and
  • ongoing training and professional development.

Promotion of child safety in recruitment advertisements

The school recruitment advertisements state the school is committed to child safety. The statement is included in all advertisements, position descriptions and employment contracts. This employment page on our website outlines the school’s commitment to Child Safe recruitment standards.

Position descriptions

Each employee position within the school will have a detailed job description clearly defining the role and responsibilities of the position including the school’s expectation that employee must provide a child safe environment. Position descriptions outline:

  • the organisational context
  • duties and tasks of the role
  • qualifications, experience and attributes a person must have, and
  • the level of responsibility and supervision associated with the position

Assessment of potential employees

Employees will only be employed if they meet the criteria specified in the relevant job description. Educators will be only considered for employment for the primary school and employed if they have current and full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

The school conducts face to face interviews with applicants, where possible, to ensure their suitability to work within the school.

In the recruitment of new employees (and volunteers), the school assesses the following in relation to individual applicants:

  • motivation to work with children (personal and /or professional)
  • relevant and verifiable experience
  • relevant and verifiable qualifications
  • understanding of children’s physical and emotional needs
  • understanding of professional boundaries
  • communication skills
  • attitudes to childrens’ rights and how they can be upheld
  • values (honesty, integrity, reliability, fairness and non-discrimination), and
  • responses from referees.

Reference checking

The school recognises that screening potential employees and volunteers is essential and reference checks must occur for all potential employees, prior to an offer of employment being made.

All teaching staff employed at the primary school must be registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

All other employees including contractors, consultants and volunteers must provide evidence of a Working with children Check and Police Record Check prior to commencement. Refer to the Working with Children Check Policy.

Working with Children Checks

Anyone who intends to do child-related work, and who does not qualify for an exemption, needs a Working with Children Check.

Some exemptions are:

  • a person who is under the age of 18 years
  • a parent volunteering in an activity in which their child participates
  • teachers registered with the VIT

To keep the children at the primary school safe, the school must know:

  • that everyone with direct and unsupervised contact with the children has a Working with Children Check
  • if applicants are legally permitted to work while their application is processed
  • when Working with Children Checks expire and needs renewal
  • if an employee, contractor, consultant or volunteer
  1. has their Working with Children Check card suspended
  2. is issued with an Interim Negative Notice
  3. fails the Working with children Check and is issued with a Negative Notice.

Police Checks

The school acknowledges that police checks differ from Working with Children Checks. The requires all employees undertake a Police Record Check prior to the commencement of employment and the school also reserves the right to request any member of employee to obtain a Police Record Check at any point in time, as per the terms and condition specified in the employee’s contract of employment.


This information will be treated with respect for the privacy of all individuals. This information is restricted to the access of the recruitment panel for the position being recruited. Information will be stored in a confidential and secure manner at all times.

Employee induction program

All employees and volunteers must complete the School’s Induction Program (refer to the Employee Induction Policy) upon their commencement.

This involves the completion of the Induction Checklist that covers the School’s:

  • facilities
  • equipment
  • environment
  • policies & procedures including the Child Safety Policy, Code of Conduct and Mandatory Reporting, and
  • lines of communication.

Each new educator will complete the on-line Mandatory Reporting Professional Learning Module provided by DEECD. http://www.elearn.com.au/deecd/mandatoryreporting/external.

Each new employee will be assigned a mentor for an agreed period, to assist him or her in settling into the school’s culture and expectations.

Regular employee meetings will be held to identify any professional development needs, and will inform the school’s professional development plan.

Each employee’s performance will be reviewed at least once per year as part of the Profession Development Review (below), to identify any potential areas for improvement.  The outcomes will be documented and will inform the individual’s professional development needs.

Professional development review

The Professional Development Review aims to enhance the performance of all employees of the school, other than casual employees, contractors and consultants, through participation in annual performance reviews, conducted by the Chief Creative Director, including feedback from senior employees and mentors.

The school will provide ongoing training to employees to ensure they understand their obligations and expectations to ensure a Child Safe environment. All new employees will undertake training to ensure they understand their expectations. Refer to the Child Safety Policy.

Central to the PDR is an expectation that employees will reflect on the functional areas in which they have responsibilities.  These may include one or more of the following:

  • teaching and learning
  • research
  • leadership
  • management
  • administration
  • student services including wellbeing, and
  • projects.