Galilee School - Learning Support Assistant

  • Canberra
  • Learning Support Assistant

About Communities at Work

Communities at Work is Canberra's largest not-for-profit community organisation, working with our community to build a resilient, sustainable, and socially inclusive community. With over 40 years' experience in the ACT and Capital Region, we provide a wide range of high-quality early education and care services and community services that supports positive educational outcomes, assists in alleviating hardship, enhances quality of life and leads to positive social change.

About the Team

Communities at Work's Galilee School is a registered, independent school, designed specifically for disengaged, vulnerable young people in Years 7-12 for whom the mainstream schooling environment has struggled to deliver positive outcomes. Working with the school means becoming a part of our social impact. It means helping our young people navigate complex challenges and building them a better future. It means supporting them in their education, learning and skill-building, and supporting the school in offering an alternative model of education

About the Role

Under guidance and support of the Head of Teaching and Learning, Learning Support Assistants (LSA) work alongside teachers to support the education of all students or at other times specific students including those with special learning needs. LSAs work as part of the Galilee School team to implement lessons and programs aligned with the Australian Curriculum, the ACT Senior Secondary Curriculum and the Student Support Framework, in addition to supporting the students in their day to day studies and activities at the Galilee School


  • To work in consultation with teachers/staff, to support instruction to students in specific areas, e.g. literacy & numeracy tasks, social skills, specialist subjects
  •  To liaise with teachers in relation to curriculum requirements.
  • Act as a liaison with the classroom teacher(s) for the purpose of ensuring the implementation and evaluation of the established Individual Learning Plan (ILP) of an assigned student.
  • Provide assistance to students to participate fully in classroom educational activities.
  • Using equipment and materials, prepare or assist in creation of curriculum support materials or assist students in the preparation of materials, e.g. ipads, conducting science experiments, audio visual recording, document preparation on computers.
  • To assist with managing student learning and/or behaviour.
  • To provide advice, under the supervision of senior personnel, to students in relation to the handling and use of materials and equipment.
  • In consultation with teachers and other senior staff select reference materials and other educational tools.
  • To assist with classroom programs as required, particularly in the development of students' learning program.
  • To liaise directly with teachers regarding student progress.
  • To meet with the Head of Teaching and Learning regarding student progress on a regular basis.
  • Maintain records as determined by the Head of Teaching and Learning
  • Participate in the pastoral care, sport, co-curricular, playground supervision, parent nights, and other programs of the school.
  • Attend excursions, school events and other activities with students as negotiated.
  • Assist in the transportation of students in support of their attendance at school as well as in support of the school's academic and social and emotional program.

Please Note: Learning Support Assistants (LSA) are not:

  • Responsible for planning programs or assessing student outcomes.

Selection Criteria


  • Maintain current "Working with Vulnerable People" registration
  • Relevant qualification in Education Support (or working towards)
  • Experience working with students with disabilities in a school setting.
  • Familiar with some targeted intervention strategies and learning programs.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude, experience or qualification for this position.
  • Ability to communicate with diverse audiences which include staff, parents, and the wider community.
  • High level interpersonal skills and cooperative work practices and the ability to contribute to a positive and cohesive team.
  • Willingness to adhere to, and work within, the strategic vision, direction, and philosophy of Communities at Work Galilee School
  • Mental Health First Aid Training (or able to obtain)


  • Current drivers' licence
  • Personal experience of collaborative practices in a similar school environment and a sound knowledge of learning and pedagogy for a similar student cohort
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Positive Behaviour Support Framework, Restorative Practices and/or other related best practice models
  • Current First Aid certificate


  • Make a difference and change lives in the Canberra community as part of Canberra's largest community organisation. 
  • Join an inclusive and friendly workplace, where people are at the heart of everything.
  • Flexibility when you need it with options for study leave, leave concessions, paid parental leave, and more. 
  • Enjoy healthy living with our active lifestyle & healthy activity programs and reimbursements (including remedial massages, annual flu vaccination and more). 
  • Receive guidance and support for mental health through our Employee Assistance Program

Closing date for applications: 27/09/2023

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