Teachers Working Effectively with Education Support Staff/Teacher Assistants

Be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work positively and effectively with support staff (aides) and to assist students with additional needs in your class. This course is relevant to all teachers working in primary and secondary school settings.

Course outcomes

Develop positive working relationships, define the roles of teacher/teacher aide, empower teachers' and aides to better fulfil the needs of the student in accessing the curriculum.

Topics covered

  • Understanding the 'Victorian Program for Students with a Disability' which includes Student Support Groups (SSGs) and Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
  • Legal obligations under the Discrimination Act 2005
  • The role of the Education Support Staff
  • Working collaboratively:
  • Communication
  • Planning
  • Understandings and expectations
  • Modifying the curriculum and tasks
  • Fulfilling the needs of the student using the Education Support Staff
  • Behaviours and strategies – true 'Inclusion'
  • Required resources
  • Work Tasks and Time Frames (focus times)
  • Communicating with parents and carers – a legal requirement


One day of six and a half hours.

When and where

Please contact us via the enquire online button to express an interest in this course or to discuss tailoring the course for group delivery at your venue.


Please contact us for further information on course fees.


This course is relevant to teachers who are currently working, or have worked in a Victorian school. It would be advantageous if you have worked with a student with special needs.


A variety of practical tasks will be identified during the course.


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1, 4, 6 and 7.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.