Teacher Aide

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Castlemaine VIC 3450, Australia
  • 16/02/2021
Part time - Fixed Term Teaching Aides & Special Needs

Job Description

Location Profile

Castlemaine North Primary School, established in 1878 and located in a residential area of Castlemaine, draws students from the town and surrounding district. The nearest major regional centre is Bendigo, forty-five kilometres to the north. The 2021 enrolment is 294 with 47 prep students starting this year.

The 2021 school structure is twelve classes – six in the junior team (four Prep/Ones & Two Grade 2s), three in the middle team (Grade 3/4s), three in the senior team (three Grade 5/6s). All class teachers work collaboratively with teaching buddies using a PLC structure.

Our purpose is to support our students to be courageous, inquiring learners who strive to do their best in a caring environment.

At Castlemaine North we work from a foundation of TRUST. We show this through THOUGHTFULNESS, COURAGE, PASSION and WONDER in how we learn and how we interact with each other, our COMMUNITY and our environment. These values and principles provide the norms for action, positive relationships and behaviours at the school. The school motto is LEARNING TOGETHER, GROWING TOGETHER.

Castlemaine North continues to promote the achievement of high quality educational outcomes for all students in all curriculum areas. Our staff team is highly committed to ongoing professional learning to improve student achievement. The emphasis is on continuing to build capacity of staff to employ differentiated learning experiences.

The ‘Write2Read’, ‘Big Write and VCOP are integral programs in our school in supporting staff and students to improve student literacy learning outcomes. In 2021 we are continuing with Inquiry-based learning and specialist programs in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Languages (Indonesian) and Physical Education which provide valuable experiences in the education of the whole child and ensure the delivery of all aspects of the Victorian Curriculum.

The pro-social and emotional skills program ‘Play is the Way’ provides valuable social and emotional learning for all students through guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language across the school. Individual inquiries across the school have allowed for increased voice and choice for students in their learning.

Access for students to learning technologies has continued to increase with 1:1 devices for Grades 5/6, 1:2 for Grades 3/4 as well as a bank of 46 iPads in the junior classroom. Learning technologies are used effectively as teaching and learning tools. The school grounds are regularly maintained and improved through ongoing employment of a maintenance worker and parent/carer working bees.

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.


This position is 5 days per week (4 hours per day) during normal school hours.

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

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