ES 1-1 Classroom Support

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • 12/01/2021
Part time - Fixed Term Teaching

Job Description

Location Profile

Chaffey Secondary College is a Year 7 to 10 co-educational College with a 2020 enrolment of 485 students, located in the centre of the city of Mildura. The majority of students transition to Mildura Senior College for Years 11 & 12. Students are drawn mainly from four local government primary schools in Mildura with other enrolments coming from other government and non-government schools in Victoria and southern NSW.

The college’s SFO of 0.74 is indicative of the student cultural diversity which includes Indigenous and students from Tonga, Samoa and Turkey, along with an increasing population of new arrivals from Afghanistan, Iran and other Middle Eastern states.

The College’s curriculum and its supports are designed to meet the specific developmental needs of students as they progress from a core Middle Years program to the Later Years program where there an increasing capacity to select electives and pathway programs, including VET, VCAL and VCE Unit 1 & 2 for some subjects.

Students are encouraged to achieve their personal best in their studies, and are assessed against the Victorian Curriculum. In addition, the College provides a range of extra-curricular and after school programs to support, challenge and enrich students.

The college provides a Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program to support students at risk. This program enables students to undertake an individualised program tailored to their educational, wellbeing and mental-health needs.

The Clontarf Football Academy was introduced in 2010 with mentoring and an engagement activity that supports Koorie boys has been highly successful. A similar program has been established for Koorie girls, Stars Academy. Both programs aim to develop aspirations for opportunities beyond school.

Chaffey is on a continuous improvement journey with a key focus on student growth in learning and establishing school wide positive behaviour systems. We are a visible learning and visible wellbeing school.

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.


Below are examples of the types of tasks that could be reasonably expected to be carried out in the course of duties :-

  • observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to them where necessary.
  • assist in the supervision of students in playgrounds, at camps, on excursion in sporting activities, therapy, life skills.
  • assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment.
  • provide assistance to students which requires a basic understanding of program objectives and content in order to assist with the tasks which students are undertaking.
  • assist with the communication between students and teachers, particularly the interpretation of instructions.
  • provide student support in the areas of goal setting, counselling, organisation and study skills.
  • provide physical and emotional care for the student through assisting students in activities, providing one to one counselling, or mediation under the supervision of the Welfare Coordinator, Student Manager, Year Level Coordinator or Principal.
  • assist in developing and supervising small group activities to assist in the social integration of the student with the other members of the College community.
  • provide regular reports to the key staff identified above and to classroom teachers to support the social and academic progress of the student.
  • participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
    maintain confidentiality and student records in an appropriate style.
    assist in the exchange of information between the school and the parents.
  • participate in team meetings.
  • advise the Principal and staff about matters regarding factors and issues affecting the progress of the student.
  • refer problems identifies to appropriate personnel and follow the school procedures for referral, particularly to outside agencies.
  • Required to perform first aid and undertake first aid training.
  • other duties as required by the College Principal.

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

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

Other Information

This position is part time (.80 time fraction) and the hours are distributed over five days.

Applicants are asked to ensure their application:

Contains a response to the selection criteria, up to date CV and list of at list 3 current referees with contact details (phone and email).

Each Key Selection Criteria Response should be no longer than 1.5 pages in length.

The application should be uploaded as one single document with KSC response, CV, referee list and cover letter.

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


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