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Job Title : Education Assistant - Special Needs


Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS670709

This is a permanent part-time (0.5FTE) position commencing Term 1, 2021

Are you committed to achieving excellence?

Poynter Primary School (PS) is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Education Assistant – Special Needs to join their friendly team.

Poynter PS embraces its shared vision of ‘Excite, Engage, and Educate to Achieve’. The school has a proud history of high student care and achievement, within a strong supportive school community. The school is renowned for its focus on academic excellence, its inclusive community and exceptional programs across the learning areas.

As an Education Assistant - Special Needs you will, under teacher direction, assist in the implementation of specialised education programs. As an active team member, you will assist the teacher in the delivery of specific Individual Education Programs, including the operation of computers and digital technologies. When required, the Education Assistant – Special Needs will provide feedback on education and therapy programs and participate in the evaluation process relating to the achievement of goals in special education. You will also assist the teacher with the care and supervision of students in out-of-class activities and on school excursion.

It is highly desirable that the successful applicant has demonstrated experience in working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome. It is also highly desirable that applicants possess a Certificate III in Education Support and experience with working with students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

At Poynter Primary School we strive to instil a love of learning, where the academic potential of each child in our care may be realised. We believe it is essential that students learn to think in critical and creative ways: using imagination, confidence and emotional and intellectual engagement to underpin their learning across all areas of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to adopt a sense of social responsibility. Through our vibrant co-curricular programs, students learn to value creativity, physical wellbeing, environmental awareness and an appreciation of social diversity.

The school is actively promoted as a place central to the local community. This community fosters in students a sense of belonging and respect for others. Parent involvement in school activities is high, creating a strong partnership with teachers and ultimately enhancing educational outcomes for students.

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.
  • The 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.
  • The ability to assist with general health and well-being of students.

Applications will be assessed against these work related (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 Poynter Primary School can be found by visiting http://poynterps.wa.edu.au/or Schools Online.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For further job related information:

Please contact Keyla Jeffers, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9492 2350 or emailing Keyla.Jeffers@education.wa.edu.au

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 three (3) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in relation to the position being advertised and the business needs of the school
  • A CV of up to four (4) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees (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.


Employees will be required to:

  • Obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment;
  • Obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check; and
  • Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy.

Education Assistants working with Kindergarten students may be required to have, or be actively working towards, a Certificate lll in Education Support (or approved equivalent) in order to meet the educator-to-student ratio outlined in the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care.

Approved equivalent qualifications are published by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority


Employees will be required to:

  • Complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • Complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
  • Complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.

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

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, 2 March 2021.



Duncraig, WA

Education, Childcare & Training


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