The Principal is responsible for all areas of educational leadership. This includes the education and welfare of all students, all educational programs, learning outcomes, the management of staff and staff welfare development, financial management of the school, the management of the school property and developing partnerships between the school and the school community.
The deputy principal assists the principal in leading and managing the school. The principal and deputy principal(s) form the senior executive in the school. The deputy principal is responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the school and for the welfare of all students and staff. The deputy principal along with the principal is responsible for overseeing the teaching and learning programs in the school. In some schools there may be two deputy principals.
Head teachers are an integral part of the school leadership team and their role is to support the principal and deputy principal(s) in leading and managing the school. They are accountable to the principal for the provision of leadership in their specific curriculum area including educational programs, learning outcomes, student welfare, staff welfare, development and management, school and community partnerships and other areas as delegated by the principal. Some head teachers have other specific responsibilities related to school administration and student welfare.
Student advisers are like the surrogate parent for a particular year (for example Year 8) accepting responsibility for your child's learning and welfare while at school. The student adviser, who works closely with the school's welfare team and your child's classroom teachers, is often the first person a parent should approach to discuss any problems or issues about your child.
Teachers are very important people for students. In high schools, as subjects are more specialised and require more in-depth knowledge, students have several specialist subject teachers.
The careers adviser is a member of the teaching staff placed in schools to assist students in areas such as subject selection, preparation for the world of work, career planning, selecting appropriate post school options and courses such as those offered by universities and TAFE, application and interview skills and other work related areas. Parents are also welcome to contact the careers adviser to discuss future options for their children.
The teacher-librarian is a member of the school's total teaching staff and as such is actively involved in teaching/learning processes. Teaching is an integral part of the work of the teacher-librarian. An awareness of teaching activities in the classrooms enables the teacher-librarian to be a more effective teacher. The teacher-librarian provides relevant resources (books, videos, tapes, computer programs, internet access and other resources) for use by students and teachers to ensure that the most effective learning takes place.
ESL Teachers (English as a Second Language)
ESL teachers provide specialist assistance to students from non-English speaking backgrounds. They teach ESL students the English language and literacy skills needed for learning in all subjects. Often they work on a one-to-one basis with students while supplementing this by also working in the classroom alongside the main classroom teacher.
School counsellors are experienced teachers who are also psychologists. They assist teachers by strengthening the school's student welfare provisions and provide counselling and psychological assessment of students with specific needs. Their work with teachers in the classroom is designed to improve student learning outcomes. Matters discussed with the counsellor are confidential between the student and the counsellor. Parents may make an appointment to discuss matters of concern with the school counsellor.
Support Teacher/Learning Difficulties
These teachers help students who are having difficulty in learning. They work with regular classroom teachers to help them make the classroom work more manageable. They also help students to be more confident and independent in their learning.
Support Teacher Behaviour Difficulties
Every school in the state has access to a support teacher behaviour (STB). The STB may provide direct support to the student or may assist the class teacher in behaviour management, social skills development or small group work.
Aboriginal Student Liaison Officer (ASLO)There are 11 ASLOs working with Aboriginal students, their families and schools. These officers operate across districts and assist district student welfare and home school liaison officers to restore and maintain the regular school attendance of Aboriginal students.
Home School Liaison Officers (HSLO)
Home school liaison officers may be called upon to assist students and their parents/caregivers when students are not coming to school every day. Initially where there is a problem in maintaining regular attendance, the school's student welfare and counselling services should be used. When school personnel have difficulty restoring the regular attendance of students, the principal may request the assistance of home school liaison officers to support the school's attendance program.
Anti-racism Contact Officer
Racism in all its forms is rejected by the Department. Each school has appointed an anti-racism contact officer to help parents, students or staff experiencing problems with racism and to provide interested parents with copies of the relevant Department policies on this issue. The anti-racism contact officer will listen to the problem and, with the principal, find ways to resolve it as quickly as possible. Contact your principal or the school's anti-racism contact officer for help.
Anti-discrimination Contact Officer
Schools have developed procedures for dealing with complaints about discrimination against students based on race, sex, marital status, disability (including HIV), age and transgender or homosexuality. These procedures complement the existing Anti-racism Policy and related grievance procedures. Each school has an anti-racism contact officer and an anti-discrimination officer.
Aboriginal Education Assistant (AEA)
School Administrative and Support staff
AEAs are placed in schools where significant numbers of Aboriginal students are enrolled. They work closely with teaching staff to develop culturally appropriate resources and programs. They promote Aboriginal education, encourage students and support parents. They provide role models for Aboriginal students. AEAs work with teachers to assist Aboriginal students achieve to their best potential. AEAs keep the Aboriginal community informed of students' progress and achievements, school activities, new programs, changes and parent meetings.
Senior School Assistant
Senior school assistants are employed in all schools. They assist the principal in planning and maintaining school routines and are responsible for the efficient management of the school or centre's financial and administration functions. Their role also requires them to supervise other school assistants and promote training opportunities.
The first person to greet you when you arrive at the school will probably be the school assistant or senior school assistant. The school assistant supports the Principal or the supervisor maintain school routines. They also assist in classroom activities and financial administration matters. Their range of duties includes: assisting in the school library, science or home science areas; and assisting in the school office or reception area.
After appropriate training, the school assistant can also volunteer to administer first aid or prescribed medications to students.
Teachers Aide (Special)
Under the supervision and direction of a teacher, a teachers aide (special) assists in classroom activities, school routines, and the care and management of students with disabilities and behaviour disorders.
Their role includes assisting teachers in school and community centres in:
- the implementation of individual education programs;
- providing opportunities for students to develop personal, social independent living and pre-vocational skills;
- and attending to the personal care needs of students.
General assistants are employed in all schools. They support student learning through:
- the preparation and maintenance of equipment
- the preparation of materials and construction of teaching aids
- minor maintenance of building, plant and equipment
- school reception and distribution of stores goods delivered to the school
General Assistants also maintain school playing fields, gardens and lawns.
A number of high schools and Central schools offer courses in agriculture, primary industries and horticulture. Some also offer extra curricula activities such as livestock showing. The role of a farm assistant varies from school to school, depending on syllabus requirements and school resources. A farm assistant's duties may include:
- preparing and maintaining the agricultural area
- crop production and disposal
- machinery operation
- maintenance of machinery,tools and equipment
- care of livestock
- receipt and storage of supplies
- general farm maintenance