Community Engagement Support . (ed Support Level 1-range 2)
Jacana School for Autism currently caters for 224 students and is located off the Western Ring Road close to public transport, Broadmeadows Shopping Centre, Broadmeadows Leisure Centre and the Hume Global Learning Centre/Library. The school commenced operations in January 2013 as a specialist school that exclusively addresses the educational and social needs of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many students also present with a range of associated disabilities and conditions. Students are aged between 15 and 18 years and travel to the school from a wide geographical area.
The site has well maintained, secure and has a range of engaging playgrounds. Students also access local parks, playgrounds and indoor play centres under staff supervision. Facilities include a multipurpose room, occupational therapy rooms, visual arts room, music room and two student kitchens.
The school is divided into 3 sub schools –Primary, Middle and Secondary according to the stages of schooling and each is led and managed by a Leading Teacher. Classes generally comprise of small flexible groups of 8 to 14 students, based according to age (stages of schooling), ability and the individual needs of the students. Each class is taught by combination/s of teacher/s and teacher aide/s. Teachers and teacher aides work in partnership, for the benefit of the students. Teachers are responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of all classroom activities and individual student programs while maintaining an autism friendly classroom.
The school employs two Teaching and Learning Coaches that support the effective implementation of ASD practice and Positive Behaviour Support across the school. Specialist programs include Health & Physical Education; The Arts (Visual and Music); The Technologies (Food Technology and Design) are provided across the school. A Therapy team of speech pathologists, occupational therapists and an educational psychologist supports the work of the classroom team. The Jacana School for Autism currently has 3.0 principal class, 7.2 EFT Leading Teachers, 41 EFT Teacher class staff, 50 EFT Education Support staff, 4 EFT Speech Pathologists, 3.0 EFT Occupational Therapists and 0.6 Social Worker.
Jacana School for Autism has an Admin Team of 4.8 which support the day to day running of the school and a maintenance staff member ensures that the grounds and buildings are well maintained.
Staff are encouraged to belong to professional network groups. Close relationships have been developed between network schools and mainstream schools where our students are integrated.
Students who attend Jacana School for Autism must meet the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) eligibility criteria for Autism, as determined by the Department of Education and Early Childhood. Once eligibility has been established and the Department has approved students applications for PSD funding, enrolment may proceed.
The effects of Autism vary on each individual student's day to day learning, communication and behaviour. The impairment may range from mild to severe. Student's may or may not have an intellectual disability which also impacts on their learning.
Jacana School for Autism fosters resilience and lifelong learning enabling students to be active participants in family and community life.
The school continually implements highly customised teaching and learning programs to ensure all students access an inclusive curriculum using evidence informed practice in a safe and supportive environment. Students are supported by a committed professional multi-disciplinary team, focused on recognising and developing individual personal and educational potential
Jacana School for Autism believes that to succeed in the world, students need to develop the capacity to:
Jacana School for Autism provides:
Jacana School for Autism includes:
The JSA curriculum:
SC1 Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating a specific education support function.
SC7 Demonstrated commitment to School Wide Positive Behaviour Framework
Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy. This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program. Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards. Input into identifying training needs and development of education support class staff within the work area or educational program becomes an important feature at range 2.
Specialised support to achieve specific outcomes is a feature of range 2. Typically this will involve accountability for a single function, (e.g. ensuring data is properly maintained) or the operation of a work area (e.g. managing the day to day operation of a school office) under the direction of the principal or another senior manager.
Provides support to teachers and students that is beyond the routine support provided at education support class Level 1, range 1. Within an educational program assists teachers with the coordination of the support function, such as directing/organising the work of other support staff or providing a specialist support role.
Undertakes medical intervention support tasks or other specialised student/teacher support roles (e.g. enrolled nurses) that require specific training that must be updated from time to time. The role is for a specific purpose for which there will be direct accountability as opposed to support roles that are carried out by a range of staff performing routine tasks under direction.
Performs technical tasks that require a sound knowledge of basic technical and/or scientific principles that are used to develop and adapt work methods and make judgements where there are clear guidelines and limited options. Routine technical support in libraries, science and information technology laboratories would be typical examples.
.Community Engagement Support Role Description
To work under the direction of the Student Wellbeing Coordinator and Secondary Sub School Leader to support students moving from school to post school options.
The dimensions of work will include supporting students and families with:
Co-ordination of the following community events in collaboration with the specialist staff and or PCT
Community events to include:
- Provides coordination support to teachers through rostering and the organisation of the work of a team of aides, including supervision and guidance.
Who May Apply
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
EEO AND OHS Commitment
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