Education Assistant – Special Needs

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Department of Education
Norseman, Australia

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Education Assistant - Special Needs

Job ID: 11065
Job Views: 19
Location: Northam
Post Code: 6401
Category: Education & Training
Employment Type: Part-time
Posted: 08/05/2024


Wheatbelt Education Region
West Northam Primary School
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Level 2/3, $32.87 - $37.37 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2023)

Advertised Vacancy Number: SS/SS892194

This is a six (6) month fixed term, part-time (0.6FTE) position commencing Term 3, 2024

West Northam Primary School is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Special Needs Education Assistant to join our team, who has a keen interest in working in a dynamic school environment with a diverse student population.

Job Requirements:

The staff at West Northam are committed to providing the very best in teaching and learning to our students, and staff are supported in their journey to becoming effective educators capable of assisting to provide teaching and learning excellence in every classroom. The successful applicant will have the expertise and drive to make the most of all opportunities provided to collaborate and grow their professional capabilities.

The successful applicant will ideally possess the following skills and attributes necessary for working at West Northam Primary School:

  • Experience dealing with challenging behaviour, plus an understanding and experience of 123 Magic and Emotional Coaching program which is used across the school to manage poor behaviour.
  • Experience working with individuals or small groups of students to deliver an educational plan, assessing the students' understanding and achievement of the lesson goals, and reporting student achievement and progress back to the classroom teacher.
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of a variety of disabilities including autism and severe mental health disorders.
  • Ability to use initiative and work independently to assist the classroom teacher in maintaining order, assisting students with their learning and ensuring lesson resources are ready and available.
  • Assisting students with toileting and managing a toileting plan together with the classroom teacher and parents/carers.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and a high level of professionalism, enabling them to work as a part of a team and liaise with parents/carers, teachers, administration and outside agencies.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position.

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements (selection criteria):

  • Good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact with students with special needs, parents and teaching professionals on the provision of educational programs, and to assist teachers in understanding students where necessary.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team in the evaluation of educational programs, including special education and therapy programs where these have been implemented.
  • Good organisational skills that will assist in the delivery and development of effective education programs to students and subsequent feedback to teaching professionals or psychologists.
  • Ability to assist teachers or therapists in implementing educational programs, including special education and, should this be a requirement of the position, occupational and/or physiotherapy programs.
  • Knowledge of health and physical disabilities in students and adolescents.
  • Ability to assist with the general health and well-being of students.

Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements (selection criteria) of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Further information about West Northam PS can be found by visiting or Schools Online

For further job related information

You are encouraged to contact Cheryl Prater, Principal for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Northam by telephoning (08) 9621 5600 or emailing

How to Apply:

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.

Your application should include:

  • A four (4) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school
  • A CV of up to two (2) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably one being your current line manager.

It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.

You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

Eligibility and training requirements

Employees will be required to:

  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy;
  • consent to a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and obtain a current Screening Clearance Number issued by the Department of Education’s Screening Unit prior to commencement of employment;
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment and every three years thereafter;
  • complete the Department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness online course within 3 months of commencement;
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Friday, 31 May 2024.



WORK TYPE:  Fixed Term - Part Time
FTE: 0.6
CLOSING DATE: 2024-05-31 4:30 PM
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