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Education Assistant - Special Needs

Government of Western Australia - Wattle Grove, WA

Education, Childcare & Training
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Department of Education

Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region

Wattle Grove Primary School

Education Assistant - Special Needs

Pool Ref IPS/SS671155

Level 2/3, $28.00 - $32.50 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS671155

Appointment Pool

Do you want to make a positive difference?

Wattle Grove Primary School (PS) is seeking to establish a pool of dedicated and committed Education Assistants – Special Needs for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2021 school year. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2021 school year.

Suitable applicants will be responsible for assisting in the delivery of planned education programs, including managing small groups of students under the direction of the teacher to assist students to reach their full potential through the development of their academic, physical and social skills.

Suitable applicants should be innovative, team players and have well developed behaviour management skills, particularly in dealing with challenging/complex behaviour. Ideally, you will also have high level interpersonal skills in order to be able to work collaboratively with staff members to meet the needs of students. It would be highly desirable for suitable applicants to have experience in delivering to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Situated in the foothills of the Darling Ranges, 14 kilometres east of Perth, Wattle Grove PS has a rich history spanning over 100 years. The school has undergone immense growth and change and relocated to a new modern suburban school with state-of-the-art facilities in 2011. The new school is located in the new housing development of Wattle Grove with easy access to the suburb via both Tonkin and Roe Highways. It has a current enrolment of 834 students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

As an award winning school, education at Wattle Grove PS takes on many different forms. The children are artists, they are musicians, they are athletes, scientists, mathematicians, poets, authors, actors and gardeners. The holistic approach to learning sees children involved in Numero clubs, robotics, instrumental music, junior and senior choirs, theatrical productions and gardening clubs.

Our identity as a school has evolved, yet our community ties are as strong as they have ever been. Children set foot through our school gates and feel happy, safe and connected to their school. As a school, we make the most of every day and value building relationships with children, their parents and family members, as well as our wider school community.

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

  • Effective written and oral communication skills, including report writing and the ability to effectively interact with students with special needs, and liaise with parents, teachers and community members and assist teachers in understanding students where necessary.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to contribute to a professional team and provide advice and evaluation in the development of the education program, including special education and therapy programs where they have been implemented.
  • The ability to assist professionals in the implementation and evaluation of education programs, including special education and, if required, occupational and/or physiotherapy programs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and physical disabilities in students and adolescents.
  • Effective organisational skills that will assist in the delivery of effective education programs and subsequent feedback and evaluation to teachers or psychologists.
  • The ability to assist with the general health and wellbeing of students.
Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements 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 Wattle Grove Primary School can be found by visiting or .

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available .

For further job related information:

Please contact Janet Mailey, MCS, by telephoning 9237 6600 or emailing .

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 two (2) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements, 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 (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 .


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 Thursday, 4 March 2021.



Government of Western Australia

Wattle Grove, WA

Education, Childcare & Training


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