The role as an EA is to assist the teacher in one or more tasks. Some experienced EAs may operate their own program with a group of students. Some EAs will be assigned a child with special needs and may take more responsibility for that child in terms of curriculum.
To maximise your chances of employment, we recommend the following process. Most EAs begin by undertaking relief work. Once you have proved yourself to the school, they will hopefully offer you more permanent work when a position is available:
A curriculum is a set of tasks, activities, experiences and outcomes of learning. The curriculum is designed to support students to achieve a desired level of competence. You will need to be aware of the basic structure of the curriculum and how it is used.
The amount that EAs can earn and the conditions of employment will vary from one school to another. Some specialist or leadership roles may attract higher salary. EAs, like teachers and principals, are paid based on the amount of experience they have.
A hazard is the source or situation that has the potential to cause harm, death or damage to a person or to property. You can think of a hazard as the ‘thing’ or object that can hurt someone.
As an education assistant, you have a responsibility to ensure the safety of students, yourself and your fellow staff members. This extends to all situations where you are supervising children.
Supervision is the process of observing what is happening around you. In some cases, you will need to supervise children closely whereas in other cases you can give students more freedom.
Risk refers to the probability of injury, illness or damage resulting from exposure to a hazard. Generally, risks are categorised as either low, medium or high.
The most efficient way of controlling risks is to eliminate a hazard. The Hierarchy of Control (HOC) is a system which outlines out the best way to deal with a hazard and control the risk.
Before learning how to support students to improve their literacy skills, we need to define literacy. Being literate has is traditionally defined reading and writing to a certain level.
As an education assistant, you have the very important role to support literacy development, working with individual students to help them learn and practice.
As with reading, writing is not a natural process. We are not born with the ability to write; it is a learned skill that needs to be practiced in order to improve.