Teacher Aide


Location Profile


Eppalock Primary is set in attractive, well-maintained, spacious grounds in the rural community of Axe Creek, just 7 kms east of Strathfieldsaye. The area caters to families who look upon the unique features of a rural school as part of their life style choice.The school is highly regarded because of its child-centred approach to learning, its focus on students accepting responsibility for their progress, the development of self-discipline, resilience and the pursuit of excellence. Students are in three multi-age groups supported by dedicated teachers and a strong family involvement. The school offers a comprehensive curriculum with Literacy and Numeracy being priority areas.

The school has a strong environmental focus through our Living Green Sustainability Program which is undertaken by all students weekly. The school is also involved in water saving initiatives, National Tree Planting Day and sustainable energy projects. Through our links with Department of Natural Resource and Environment, Catchment Management Authorities, Land Care, City of Greater Bendigo, Axe Creek Fire Brigade and Scope, students have the opportunity to take part in many authentic learning tasks.

The school has computers including Netbooks shared throughout the school and iPads which children use as part of their learning. Each day begins with half an hour of reading during which classroom teachers, support workers and parent volunteers listen to individual students read on a rotating basis.

PE, Drama, Music, LOTE (Mandarin), Art and MARC (mobile Library van) are enjoyed by all students.


Selection Criteria


SC1    Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment.

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 office systems, 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.

SC5    A commitment to professional learning and growth.


Role


This position is for 22.5 hours per week from 9:00am-1:30pm each day. This role will be predominantly in the senior classroom.

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.


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


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.