Staff in Primary and Infants Schools
The Principal has overall responsibility for the whole school - students, staff (teaching and administrative), teaching and learning and all associated areas. 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 the development of partnerships between the school and the school community.
Many infants/primary schools have a deputy principal. 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.
Some smaller schools do not have a deputy principal and an assistant principal is responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the school and for the welfare of all students and staff. However, as most assistant principals also have a class to teach their responsibilities are shared with the principal.
Teachers are very important people for students. The classroom teacher becomes the surrogate parent/caregiver accepting responsibility for your child's learning and welfare while at school.
The teacher-librarian is a member of the school's teaching staff and 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 students and teachers.
ESL Teacher (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 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 or caregivers may make an appointment to discuss matters of concern with the school counsellor.
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.
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.
Support Teacher/Learning Assistants (STLA)
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.
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.
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/caregivers, students or staff experiencing problems with racism and to provide interested parents with copies of the Department's 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 Officer (AEO)
AEOs are placed in schools where large 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. AEOs work with teachers to assist Aboriginal students achieve to their best potential. AEOs keep the Aboriginal community informed of students' progress and achievements, school activities, new programs, changes and parent meetings.
School Administrative and Support staff
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.<br>After appropriate training, the school assistant can also volunteer to administer first aid or prescribed medications to students.
School Learning Support Officer
Under the supervision and direction of a teacher, a school learning support officer 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
- maintaining school playing fields, gardens and lawns.