GLENALLEN SCHOOL PROFILE
Glenallen School, located at 7 Allen Street, Glen Waverley, provides individual learning programs for students aged between 4.8 and 18 years, who have a physical disability and/or significant health impairment requiring paramedical support. The school caters for students with a wide range of intellectual abilities. Current students have complex needs and often multiple disabilities.
Trans-disciplinary teams including teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists work together to plan, implement and evaluate individual student focused learning programs. Other support staff includes a music therapist, nurses,
community wellbeing officer, program assistants and disability support workers.
Our aim is to provide for the development of each student intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. Individual educational and therapeutic programs are designed to promote student achievement as well as maximising independence in functional activities of daily living. Each student is encouraged to be an active participant in their individual learning program.
For further information about our school please visit our website – www.glenallen-sch.vic.edu.au
SC1. Proven experience or equivalent in providing high quality personal care and support to school aged children and young people with multiple/complex disabilities. (Relates to area 2)
SC2. Demonstrated ability or equivalent to be physically involved in programs supporting students across a range of environments and functions including, swimming, therapy, sports, mobility, manual handing and personal care. (Relates to area 1)
SC3. Ability to understand and follow policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of the role. This includes demonstrated knowledge of OH&S;, safe lifting practices, transfers and use of communication aid technology. (Relates to area 1, 2)
SC4. Experience working in a team, with the capacity to work with teachers, therapists and students and the ability to accept direction and feedback. (Relates to 1, 2 & 3)
Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction. Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.
Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices. Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction. Assistance is readily available when problems arise. An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.
Does not carry responsibility for the work of others. More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.
An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.
Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1. Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.
Personal Care Attendants work collaboratively with teachers, therapists, students, parents and the wider community in a professional manner. Personal Care Attendants will support educational programs by providing one to one or small group assistance as instructed by the transdisciplinary team (eg. teachers and therapists) and will work to ensure that all students experience success and achieve their individual goals.
Personal Care Attendants will adhere to and maintain Department policies relating to privacy and confidentiality, occupational health and safety, and participate in the annual staff Performance and Development Program.
The Personal Care Attendant will be flexible to carry out a range of duties that may vary daily. The position reports directly to the Senior Personal Care Attendant who will be responsible for coordinating the daily functions, in addition, direction for daily tasks may also be provided by teachers, therapists and senior school staff.
Under the direction of the teacher/therapist/supervisor, and with appropriate training, Personal Care Attendants will carry out routine student support tasks in accordance with school policies and procedures. These will include actively assisting with student supervision and personal care support in the following settings:
- school grounds
- therapy activities
- sporting activities
- camps and excursions
Personal Care Attendant tasks include the provision of physical, personal and emotional care for students and supports their participation, engagement and achievement of specific learning outcomes.
Responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited by, the following duties:
- Physical assistance tasks include:
- pushing students in wheelchairs, transferring and hoisting students
- transferring students between school activities both on and off school grounds
- transferring students to and from buses
- physical support for students in participating in swimming, sporting and therapy activities
- Personal care and communication tasks include:
- maintain personal hygiene of students
- toileting and personal care
- dressing and undressing
- mealtime assistance
- Supporting student communication including using specialised equipment and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems
- Classroom and school support tasks include:
- assist in maintaining a clean classroom and school environment
- ensure equipment is clean and maintained
- cross infection of equipment
- preparation of educational materials and equipment
- set up/pack down of equipment for classroom and playground activities
Personal Care Attendants will undertake a diverse range of daily tasks that are in line with the roles and responsibilities of the position, as directed.
Who May Apply
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
EEO AND OHS Commitment
The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.
Child Safe Standards
Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx
The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx
- All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
- Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
- A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
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