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Learning Support Teacher - Deception Bay & Spring Hill

Arethusa College


Learning Support/Teacher's Aide

Teaching Subject: Literacy, Special Needs, Numeracy

Contract Type: Permanent/Ongoing Position Full Time

Applications Close: 7 October 2018

Learning Support Teacher

<p>Due to the rapid growth Arethusa College has experienced this year, we are in need of 2 Learning Support Teachers, one to be based at our Deception Bay campus and one to be based at our Spring Hill campus.  These roles will commence in January 2019.</p><p>The Learning Support Teacher role is a unique opportunity to work within a Special Assistance School where individualised and personalised learning is prioritised for students who have previously disengaged from mainstream education. These students present with diverse learning needs and require interventions and adjustments to enable them to flourish and succeed. Involvement and participation in the pastoral care framework of the College, as well as in the co-curricular program, is an integral part of the learning support teacher’s role.  </p><p>This position is designed to support students with special needs, learning difficulties and/or social-emotional stressors, to achieve and succeed in their education. It is underpinned by the College’s firm commitment to inclusion for all students. The ideal candidate will be exceptionally caring and have the ability to develop an excellent rapport with staff, students, families and community members. They will be familiar with funding applications, compliance documents and accountability requirements, as well as having the skills to present and use data to inform teaching. <br /></p><p>The role requires close work with the campus team to ensure the best outcomes for all students. The learning support teacher will need good administrative, organisational and record keeping skills as well as high levels of confidentiality.  </p><p><u><b>Key Responsibilities </b></u></p><p>Consistent with the mission of Arethusa College:  <br /></p><p>• Undertake verification processes with the families of special needs students  </p><p>• Gather and manage evidence for the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) </p><p>• Work closely with classroom teachers and College families to support students with special needs and/or learning difficulties </p><p>• Facilitate IEP meetings with stakeholders and administrate these plans </p><p>• Liaise with medical and educational professionals for assessments, diagnoses and the implementation of support programs  </p><p>• Interpret, disseminate and act upon assessments conducted by related specialists such as Speech Pathologists and Educational Psychologists. </p><p>• Undertake responsibility, as a teacher, for the care of students.  </p><p>• Adapt teaching by differentiating the written, delivered and assessed curriculum to enhance the learning opportunities and achievements of students.                                                                                                                                                  </p><p>• Develop, implement and monitor appropriate support programs for students.                                                                         </p><p>• Record and maintain up to date and accurate records of student progress. </p><p>• Test and diagnose learning difficulties using a range of reputable instruments, both diagnostic and standardised.                </p><p><b><u>Selection Criteria </u></b></p><p> <i>1 Qualifications        </i>                                                                                                                                                                  </p><p>• Graduate or Post-Graduate qualifications in Special Education preferred. </p><p>• Registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.      <br /></p><p><i>2 Pedagogy   </i>                                                                                                                                                                          </p><p>• Knowledge of the Australian Curriculum.    </p><p>• Knowledge and/or experience in writing IEPs and verification/EAP documents.      </p><p>• In-depth knowledge of curriculum requirements relevant to specific year levels and ability to implement innovative and highly effective teaching strategies and programs.           </p><p><i>3 Student Focus </i>                                                                                                                                                                 </p><p>• The ability to support students in developing personal identity, values, a positive self-image, health and wellbeing, sound relationships and empathy with others.     </p><p>• An awareness of students’ special needs and the importance of the encouragement of developing a positive work ethic.  </p><p>• Previous experience working with disengaged students will be an advantage. </p><p> <i>4 Professionalism</i>                                                                                                                                         </p><p>• Ability to articulate and generate enthusiasm for learning and model the skills of a lifelong learner.     </p><p>• The presentation of a professional, dedicated and inclusive attitude and demeanour at all times.                                   </p><p>• Capacity to operate as a collaborative and team orientated person in a professional work environment.                               </p><p>• Demonstrated capacity to fulfil the key responsibilities of the position.  </p><p><i>• Demonstrated engagement with ongoing professional development     </i><br /></p><p><i>5 Communication Skills </i>                                                                                                                                                         </p><p>• Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on building and maintaining quality relationships with all members of the College community.   <br /></p><p><i>6 Personal Characteristics   </i>                                                                                                                                  </p><p>• Enthusiasm, initiative and a keen interest in working with students with learning challenges.     </p><p>• Teaching style actively promotes student inquiry, creativity and higher-order thinking and uses techniques, such as scaffolding, for supporting students in encountering new or challenging content or tasks.                  </p><p>• A strong focus on achieving positive learning experiences and outcomes for students is required as well as flexibility and the ability to adapt and operate effectively in a demanding and changing environment.                                                           </p><p>• Willingness to actively participate in and support the co-curricular program of the College.       <br /></p><p><i>7 ICT Skills         </i>                                                                                                                                                                </p><p>• Familiarity with inclusive software and devices  </p><p>• Competency with computer technology and a willingness to maintain and develop skills through professional development.                                                       </p><p>• Willingness/capability to utilise technology across the curriculum.   </p><p><i>8 Spirituality                                   </i>                                                                                                                                       </p><p>• An understanding of and respect for Christian values and demonstrable support for the College’s ethos.         </p><p>                      </p><p><b>To apply, upload to the &#34;teachers on net&#34; website, a resume and covering letter addressing the selection criteria.          </b>                            </p><p>                                                                                                                                                                             </p><p><br /></p>
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