- Learning Support Assistant
- Galilee School
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 in line with the Australian Curriculum and the Student Support Framework, in addition to supporting the students in their day to day studies and activities at the Galilee School. The major function of the LSA (Technology) is to provide support by undertaking various non-teaching duties associated with the efficient and effective running of classes in the Design and Technologies subject areas of the curriculum.
- 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.
- Participate in the ongoing consultation required to establish and maintain appropriate standards and provide a safe environment for staff and students, particularly in the Technology and STEM workshops
- 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.
- Provide extensive support for teaching staff and students to ensure resources are available and lessons run smoothly, particularly in the Technology and STEM workshops
- 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.
- Engage in basic maintenance of tools, equipment and resources to ensure effective teaching and learning programs can be delivered in the Technology and STEM workshops.
- 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, under the supervision of the classroom teacher.
- 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.
- Asked to accept sole responsibility for supervision of students e.g. in classroom, yard duty or excursions.
Skills and Experience
- Relevant qualification in Education Suppor.
- 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@Work Galilee School.
- Maintain current 'Working with Vulnerable People' registration.
- 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 driver's licence.
- Current First Aid certificate.
- Knowledge of relevant tools, machines and materials.
- Knowledge of contemporary and traditional practices in design and technology
- Be a part of our social impact, working for a community organisation that makes a real difference in the lives of people in our community
- Inclusive and friendly workplace
- Salary Packaging, meal and entertainment cards
- Employee child care discounts
- Healthy lifestyle programs and healthy activity reimbursement
- Professional development opportunities with our training organisation (RTO), including access to study leave (if applicable)
How to Apply
Click APPLY or contact the People, Culture and Wellness team on 02 6293 6545 for a confidential discussion.
Closing date for applications: 04/06/2022