Teacher Aide - Junior Building (Ed Support Level 1-range 1)

Schools (Government)

Melbourne, VIC

Posted 3/15/2019

Location Profile

Kerrimuir Primary School is in the in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne with a current enrolment of more than 360 students. The school is located on spacious grounds with a stand-alone art room, computer laboratory, performing arts room and a library. The Before and After Care facility (run by Camp Australia) shares a school building and is well used. The multi-cultural nature of the school is a great asset, enriching the educational experiences of all students. All classrooms are permanent, and have either been built or refurbished since 2011. We are now beginning to work on the outdoor areas of the school, which began in 2014 with a new fence, and the design and building of the new garden space at the front of the school. Over the last few years we have increased the size of our car-park, added flowers and plants to gardens, refurbished the Performing Arts Room and Extension Maths room as well as updated the school oval.

We have a very well balanced staff team in terms of experience and gender. Our staff is very dedicated and committed to developing a learning environment which maximises the overall educational needs of our students. We only employ staff with a high level of emotional maturity, who are responsible and innovative in approach. We seek to continue to improve in all areas over the next decade, using current research, DET best practice and via the creative and innovative use of ICT.

The school environment is warm and friendly – people enjoy working at Kerrimuir Primary School. We have high expectations of our students, both behaviourally and academically – and work with the students to set SMART goals in literacy and numeracy. We expect staff and students to uphold respectful behaviours at all times and for staff to work with children to ensure they behave appropriately. Student well-being is an important focus – all staff are trained in Circle Time. Our aim is to provide a teaching and learning program of the highest quality, which continues to evolve as new educational issues challenge us. A positive approach to student management and the development of positive relationships within our school community are a critical part of our ethos – we expect teachers and students to be aware of the learning intention for each session and for the students to understand the success criteria for each lesson. Our Literacy program is based upon a phonemic approach using Synthetic Phonics and MSL (multi-senosory learning).

In 2009, after much consultation, we developed a new set of school values - CARE.

Care for people and the environment

Achieve our best

Respect ourselves and others

Educating your child for the future

Staff are expected to uphold these values themselves and ensure the school students are also modelling these behaviours every day at school. We have a detailed code of conduct for the whole school community. We ask that staff model and explicitly teach these values throughout the year, and recognise they are teachers of all children at the school, not just those in their classroom. As such, proactive intervention, as required, is a must do for all staff when seeing children in distress, misbehaving or acting in such a way that they or other children are not safe. This applies in a classroom, in the yard, in the school grounds and anywhere throughout the school.

We currently have specialists in Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Art, English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Japanese. Students are also able to receive tuition in musical instruments such as violin, keyboard, guitar, clarinet and drums. All students have the opportunity to participate in an intensive swimming program. Our camping program includes children from Grade 2 to Grade 6. We provide many and varied opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, both formally and informally. We also run a number of programs aimed at further developing students’ social skills and work habits. We run extension and intervention programs, to ensure children are taught at point of need (using Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development).

We are fortunate to have a very active parent community and an informed and pro-active School Council. Parents support the school through involvement in classroom programs, fundraising, sports activities, camps and excursions and numerous other activities.

We are seeking staff to complement our school, with a high work ethic, who are calm, well organised and innovative, with a sense of humour. Our school’s greatest asset is the people who work here, our students and our school parents and their families – we are keen to select staff who fit best with our ethos. We are seeking staff who will work positively with the Principal, the Leadership team, all staff, students and parents of the school; who will live our vision and values, and will be an asset to further develop the future learning of the students at Kerrimuir. We seek a committed person, with excellent inter-personal skills, able to inspire students, using current research to drive explicit teaching and positive behaviour management techniques to gain best results for all children. We want staff who are able to develop a rapport with the students and can ensure progress for each student. We also want staff who are happy and able to work effectively in a team environment.

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.


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.


- 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

This position runs for 3 days between Monday and Friday. The hours could increase.

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.
  • 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

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