LEARNING SUPPORT OFFICER
This document is to be read in conjunction with the Contract of Employment. It
details the duties of the School Learning Support Officer of the Elouera Special
School. As the positions responsibilities changes, this JDF can be updated to
reflect this with the agreement of all parties.
In general the duties are the performance points that will be assessed when a
performance review is undertaken by the Head Teacher.
2 School Learning Support Officer
School Learning Support Officer’s
role supports the Elouera Special School's main objective of teaching and
supporting students with a disability by assisting Teachers in delivering
planned education programs and individual education plans and personal care
needs of students in a supportive and inclusive way.
Staff at this level work under limited supervision and they may be expected to
participate within a team situation, offering advice and expertise relating to
their role. Education outcomes are determined by the teacher or other
professional, with the staff member performing tasks which require discretion in
problem solving, decision making and choosing methods and processes to achieve
outcomes. Performance of these tasks may require activities within or outside
of the school that result in the supervision of students without the presence of
Under limited guidance, the School Learning Support Officer can be expected to
perform tasks within the following range.
Provides support and advice to schools and teachers on the individual program of
students requiring higher levels of supports including personal care such as
toileting, feeding and physical therapy.
Assist in the design and implementation of behaviour management plans where
asked in consultation with teaching staff and other professionals.
Maintain records as required by School Policy on education, medical and
Assist in the training of students in the development of Life Skills that will
maximise their independence in future years of their lives.
Provide appropriate physical restraint and removal of a students where
Adhere to the rules, guidelines and spirit of the School Learning Support
Supervise work experience students and tertiary placements or lower level staff
To represent the Elouera Special School and the Elouera Association (Inc) in a
positive way at all times.
To maintain confidentiality at all times.
All individual plans for students are outcome driven, they are based on the
individuals and families goals and all staff need to be focussed on achieving
reals and measurable outcomes. Staff will:
Be providing classroom, school grounds and community focused supports to enable
the delivery of high quality individual focused learning programs.
Classroom, School and Community level support is provided to ensure the learning
environment is inclusive and relevant, appropriately resourced and maintained
with the health and safety of students a high priority.
Discretion is exercised in monitoring and subsequently withdrawing assistance to
allow the student to independently integrate into the learning environment.
Through a variable delivery of the education program, the School Learning
Support Officer assists the student to develop confidence and a sense of
wellbeing in a variety of educational and social settings.
A high level of input is given in reaching the intended outcomes of any
physiotherapy and occupational programs, speech therapy or any program put in
place by internal and external professionals.
4 Additional Duties
In addition to the indicative duties of a level 3 School Learning Support
Officer , it is expected that the following duties be preformed when required
Assist in the implementation of specialised education intervention programs such
as occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy.
Assist the teacher or external professional in understanding when there is a
communications difficulty between them and the student.
Provides feedback on education and therapy programs and participates in the
evaluation process relating to the achievement of goals in special education
Provides feedback to parent or caregiver as to a students progress but only
under the teachers direction.
Manages classroom resources or stores by maintaining and updating inventory
lists, monitoring stock levels and requirements and submitting requisitions to
the teacher when stocks are low for approval.
Ensures a safe and hygienic storage and handling of foodstuffs and food
Assists the teacher in the delivery of planned education programs including the
operation of computers and smart boards, lifting gear and bus strap downs for
Ensure that appropriate equipment and or workplace modifications are undertaken
to maximise the students learning potential.
Ensures all administrative and record keeping is accurate and up to date.
Counsels students on matters affecting their education and relationships with
others in the school.
Assists the teacher with the care and supervision of students in and out of
class activities and on school excursions.
Assist the teacher in meeting the health requirements of students with
Assist with the arrival and departure of students, including vehicular access on
taxi and busses.
Assist the teacher or other School Learning Support Officer's by moving students
and when required by changing student from one piece of equipment to another.
Assist students undressing, bathing, showering, toileting, dressing and where
necessary, cleans soiled clothing and areas.
5. Professional Development
For staff to remain effective in their role it is important that they maintain
their skills via ongoing training.
School Learning Support Officer:-
Enrol in training courses that maintain the skills required to carry out the
A Working Computer Knowledge – Office and education programs
A Teachers Aide Special or similar qualification.
7. Selection Criteria
The following selection criteria are identified as being required to achieve the
outcomes in the context of this position. Applicants will need to provide
evidence of their capacity to transfer their knowledge and skills to achieving
he outcomes of this position.
Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills, including report
writing and the ability to effectively interact with students with a disability
and liaise with parents, teachers and community members.
Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills with the ability to contribute to a
professional team and provide advice and evaluation in the development of the
special education program, including therapy and personal needs programs.
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of health and physical disabilities in
students with a disability.
The physical ability to lift and manipulate students with assistance where
The ability to drive and if possible gain a licence to drive the school bus.
A School Learning
Support Officer at Elouera Special School is paid under the Independent Schools
NSW (Support and Operational Staff) Multi-Enterprise Agreement 2017.
As of February
2017 this equates to $33.19 per hour and $1825.74 per fortnight based on a 55
School Learning Support
Officer staff do not get paid during none term time other than four weeks over
the Christmas break once a full year has been worked, pro rata for less.
Applications are to be sent to
The Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 271
COOTAMUNDRA NSW 2590
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 10 JANUARY 2018