Classroom Assistant - Education Support Level 1 Range 1

Department of Education & Training VIC - Don Valley VIC

Location Profile


Don Valley Primary School is located in the peaceful, scenic, semi-rural community of Don Valley with the Don River running along the valley between Mt. Toole-Be-Wong and Mt. Ben Cairn. Don Valley is a couple of kilometres from the Warburton Highway. There are no shops or public transport to service the area. As the school is the only major facility and public space in Don Valley it is in many ways the hub of the community.

Current enrolments are thirty-six students.

In addition to meeting the needs of local families the school also attracts students from the wider Upper Yarra Valley area. Parents specifically select the school because of its small size and programs.

All of the classes are composite or multi-age and the principal is also a classroom teacher. The school culture reflects an emphasis on nurturing and caring among its students. Many parents are actively involved in supporting the school and are generally very responsive in supporting home/school partnerships. The school has retained over the years a strong commitment to innovation, and flexibility in curriculum design and school organisation. It has had a tradition of embracing a range of multi-age activities and interactions. There is a whole school approach to the teaching of literacy and numeracy and towards student engagement and wellbeing. A part time school chaplain also works with students and families on student welfare issues. The school provides a rich range of activities for its students including an extensive Arts program, Global Studies focus, a Challenge Based Learning Program and a whole school focus on Sustainable Futures.

Don Valley Primary School has a commitment to being a child safe environment as outlined in our code of conduct and child safety policy. We promote the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children, including those with a disability. The school promotes the safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal children. All appointments to the school will be subject to the appropriate reference and background checks, including a Working with Children Check and/or a police record and identity check.


Selection Criteria


SC1 Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment. This includes working in the classroom in a teacher/student support role and administrative support as necessary.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.

SC3 Demonstrated proficiency in the use of software or technical equipment as relevant to the position.

SC4 Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents. Capacity to work co-operatively with a range of people in a small school setting, including teachers etc

SC5 A commitment to professional learning and growth.

SC6 Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate behaviour when engaging with children.


Role


An additional 30 days leave (pro rata for part time employees) are attached to this position

Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction. Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.

Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices. Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction. Assistance is readily available when problems arise. An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.

Does not carry responsibility for the work of others. More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.

Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1. Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.


Responsibilities


- Assist students on an individual or group basis in specific learning areas.
- Assist with the communication between students and teachers, particularly the interpretation of instructions.
- Provide basic physical and emotional care for students.
- Participate in team meetings.
- Assist with toileting, meals, lifting, and administration of medication to students requiring special care.
- Assist with the supervision of pupils in playgrounds, at camps, on excursions, in sporting activities, therapy activities and life skills.
- Assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment.
- Prepare basic curriculum support resources.
- Set up and put away equipment and materials in support of teaching programs.
- Observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to them where necessary.
- Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
- Assist with communication between teachers and non-English speaking parents/students.
- Assist in the translation of documents.
- Assist students with the preparation and service of meals.
- Ensure work areas and materials, equipment and appliances are maintained in a clean and ready to use condition.
- Assist in the preparation of equipment and purchasing of materials and supplies as required.


Who May Apply


Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.


EEO AND OHS Commitment


The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.


Child Safe Standards


Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx


DET Values


The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx


Other Information


- All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.

- Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.

- A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.

- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


Conditions of Employment


  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.

Please note that all applications must go through the application steps described on the original position description.
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