Summary of program and its objectives:
In 2017, the Brotherhood of St. Laurence established the specialist senior secondary, David Scott School (the School), based on work undertaken to deliver Community Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at the Frankston High St Centre.
The David Scott School, delivers the VCAL curriculum in an integrated and highly individualised education program, to meet the needs of young people (aged 15-19) in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region. Enrolled students are unable to participate in mainstream schooling because of a range of complex personal and educational barriers, and are at risk of, or have disengaged from education.
The School delivers an innovative applied learning model informed by evidence about what works for re-engaging and maintaining young people in education, and in preparing them for the world of work and/or further study. The School also provides career pathways support in conjunction with multi-disciplinary well-being support for students facing complex and challenging circumstances (for example, family issues, substance misuse, mental health, socio economic, housing and social and emotional issues) to allow them to complete their education.
The School provides a best-practice model of learning and support that can be replicated elsewhere, and influence policy in the area of specialist senior secondary learning provision to re-engage young people in learning.
The School is an initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, sits within the organisational structure of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and is governed by a highly experienced School Council.
Main responsibilities of the role:
The Education Support Officer will contribute to the effectiveness of the learning program by assisting Teachers with the day-to-day operation of the classroom. The Education Support Officer will support individual students or a small group of students, when assisting with the implementation of the educational program. This support will assist young people to overcome educational barriers and strengthen their ability to achieve their potential. The Education Support Officer position, supports the educational services being provided to students. Supervision of students is an integral part of this position both individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with the Teacher.
To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:
- Minimum of Certificate or Diploma of Education Support
- Demonstrated understanding of the principles of educational instruction and the ability to apply to the individual learning needs of a student
- Demonstrated understanding of the educational needs of students including the capacity to support school improvement and curriculum initiatives, with a focus on the development of numeracy and literacy.
- The demonstrated ability to support flexible and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, focusing on applied learning and the use of new technologies;
- Demonstrated experience and ability to engage and work positively with vulnerable and/or at risk young people using a strengths based approach;
- Ability to interpret and apply Individual Learning Plans (ILPs).
- Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships;
- Well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines;
- Demonstrated resilience and ability to adapt to changing environments;
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to ensure the School is a Child Safe environment. Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.
- Current Victorian Driver’s License
- Relevant tertiary qualifications in education and/or youth sectors;
- Ability to develop ILPs
- Understanding of and experience with the specific learning needs of students with disabilities
This is a part time position working 23 hours per week.
Salary will be in the range of $56,074.64 - $61,141.95 per annum pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.
For further information about the role phone Stacey Bushell on 8781 5911.
As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation.