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17 Oct 2021

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AS AN EDUCATION SUPPORT WORKER


Education support certificate prepares you to indulge into a role as a teacher’s aide or education assistant enabling you to work alongside teachers to nurture and develop student learning, creating a fun and engaging and effective learning hub that’s inclusive of all students.

Teacher aides are integral to the Australian education system and they adopt roles and responsibilities that are much more challenging and complex than first thought. They are expected to perform tasks and duties that are far off from their job description; where they take on varied responsibilities as a teacher, disability worker, instructional designer, home tutor, coordinator, admin assistant, literacy specialist and so on. Teacher aides are valued members of our community who play an esteemed role in education support as they interact closely with children and nurture them to develop into young adults.

To enter the field of education support, you need to study the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support offered by Step Into Training Services (SITS). Here, you will get an opportunity to be mentored by our industry professionals who will equip you with the required skills and expertise to work in collaboration with teachers in an array of educational settings. This nationally recognised education support certificate will make you employable in schools and communities all across Australia.

But what does an education support course really entail? What is the role of an education support worker? Before you dive into work, take a glimpse into the role. An efficient Teacher’s Aide adds value to the classroom. Wondering how? Let’s take a look.

Serves as an instructional assistant

A teacher aide takes direction from the teacher and provides support by preparing teaching materials, creating and implementing teaching strategies, curriculum and outline lesson plans; grades work and assignments. In a nutshell, it’s a multitasking role to play.

Provides extra attention to students with special needs

A great responsibility of a teacher’s aide is to lend additional support to students with disabilities, disorders, and academic or linguistic difficulties; foster an optimistic outlook and create a collaborative learning environment catering to the unique needs of students. It may also include help in understanding course content or assistance with basic literacy, oral and numeracy skills like speech therapy, self-care needs and so forth.

Monitor and manage student behaviour

An education assistant reports to and cooperates with the teacher regarding behaviour management of the class by adopting friendly measures like rapport building and proximity; ensures regular communication with families of students, staff and counsellors to meet the specific requirements of students. They make an incredible difference not just their immediate schooling lives, but to their future.

Helps with classroom management

Many teachers rely quite heavily on their assistants for classroom organisation and management. This involves administration, classroom apparatus and teaching aids to make the classroom an efficient learning environment for students. A teacher’s aide gets the classroom ready, distributes, collects and files lesson materials, operates technological devices (computer, laminators, printers); and maintain standards for safety and hygiene.

Performs administrative tasks

A teacher’s aide maintains detailed records, daily attendance and class schedules; tracks student progress, supervises group activity, prepares for recreational and outdoor activities, or sport events and attends staff meetings, parent-teacher interviews and training sessions.

Health and Safety

A teacher’s aide must ensure that they and their students work in a secure and healthy environment. You’ll learn to understand and apply effective workplace health and safety practices to create a safe learning environment avoiding unnecessary risks or distractions.

Plan Education Programs

Throughout your Certificate IV in Education Support at SITS, you’ll acquire the skills and knowledge   to support teachers and deliver planned education programs. You’ll provide an environment conducive to learning and methods in which you can let your students enhance their potential in education.

Student Development

Education Aides work alongside teachers in creating an optimal classroom environment enabling students to learn and develop at the right pace. They support activities to enhance the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children.

Legislative and Policy Requirements

Working with other people’s children is a mounting responsibility on the shoulders of education support workers. Therefore, it’s important for you to comply with legal and regulatory frameworks of individual institutions.

Responsibilities and duties of teacher aides depend on their level. For example, an advanced level teacher aide may be competent to replace a teacher in their absence, apart from managing regular administrative tasks. The ages of students could define the teacher assistant duties too. For example, a teacher assistant working at a pre-school will supervise children during play or lunch. But, at the high school level, they’ll be focused on designing lesson plans, creating material for classrooms and assisting with remedial teaching. Moreover, some teacher assistants also work with students with disabilities, assisting special education teachers.

Hope this comprehensive guide gives a finer perception of the role of an education support worker. Ready to take it up? If so, register for the Certificate IV in Education Support at SITS

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