Established in 1962, Belmore School is a specialist school catering for students who have a physical disability and/or significant health impairment requiring paramedical support. Students have a wide range of intellectual abilities and some have multiple disabilities and complex needs. All students are funded under the Program for Students with Disabilities. Located in Stroud Street Balwyn with a frontage on Belmore Road, Belmore School caters for students aged 5 to 18 years from a wide geographical area and a diverse socio-economic background from the north east quadrant of metropolitan Melbourne.
Belmore School has a highly qualified and extremely experienced teaching team passionate about providing an optimum learning environment for our students. Supported by small class sizes and an extensive education support team, teachers are able to provide innovation and best practice in teaching and learning to enable each student to achieve their full potential. This comprehensive educational team is supplemented by highly skilled therapy staff including physiotherapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and music therapist. Our staff are committed to delivering high quality learning programs through a multidisciplinary approach. Additional support programs are provided by our school nurse, psychologist and social worker. An attendant care team supports the personal care requirements of students in a sensitive manner in private, well-resourced facilities.
Belmore School provides a comprehensive curriculum to develop each student intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally, while maximising independence in functional activities of daily living. All students have challenging individual learning plans based upon the Victorian Curriculum designed to enable them to reach their full potential. Our curriculum emphasises developing communication skills, extending physical ability and encouraging independence through the domains of English, Maths, Health and Physical Education and Personal and Interpersonal Learning. In addition extensive specialist and integrated studies programs ensure all students are provided with optimal learning opportunities across all curriculum domains. All educational programs are adapted to meet each student’s readiness for learning and their individual goals established in conjunction with their parents through a formalised student support group process.
An extensive transition program is individually tailored to support new students enrolling into Belmore School. Enrolment enquires are considered throughout the year and we endeavour to ensure a placement can be offered when requested. A number of students are dual enrolled at their local mainstream school to maintain a connection with their local community with Belmore School being highly regarded for the support of these placements and the information shared through regular student support group meetings to sustain their success. Our senior secondary students and their parents are supported to make an informed decision regarding their choice of post school program to ensure that they continue to experience success following their graduation from Belmore School.
Belmore School values our partnerships with parents, carers, volunteers and our local community and strive to foster strong links with medical and allied health professionals and the NDIS to enrich our students learning opportunities. We proudly acknowledge our ability and passion to embed best practice in specialist education throughout our school and accept the responsibility for sharing our expertise through the provision of a range of professional learning opportunities for professionals, parents and students.
Our core values of opportunity, learning, teamwork, excellence and respect underpin all that we do.
SC1 Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment.
SC2 Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.
SC3 Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office systems, software or technical equipment as relevant to the position.
SC4 Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents.
SC5 A commitment to professional learning and growth.
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.
- Assist students on an individual or group basis in specific learning areas.
- Assist with the communication between students and teachers, particularly the interpretation of instructions.
- Provide basic physical and emotional care for students.
- Participate in team meetings.
- Assist with toileting, meals, lifting, and administration of medication to students requiring special care.
- Assist with the supervision of pupils in playgrounds, at camps, on excursions, in sporting activities, therapy activities and life skills.
- Assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment.
- Prepare basic curriculum support resources.
- Set up and put away equipment and materials in support of teaching programs.
- Observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to them where necessary.
- Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
- Assist with communication between teachers and non-English speaking parents/students.
- Assist in the translation of documents.
- Assist students with the preparation and service of meals.
- Ensure work areas and materials, equipment and appliances are maintained in a clean and ready to use condition.
- Assist in the preparation of equipment and purchasing of materials and supplies as required.
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