Adult Supervision of Pre-Set Learning

Version Number

2.1

Implementation Date

4/12/2014

Scope

All state schools

Purpose

​This procedure provides a range of strategies which facilitate the continued delivery of pre-set learning for students where teacher absence may result in school closure.

Teacher Aides are covered by this procedure.

Overview

​Adult Supervision of Pre-Set Learning outlines the Department of Education, Training and Employment’s procedures to ensure continued service delivery of pre-set learning for students in both virtual school settings and one or two teacher schools in rural and remote communities where a teacher’s absence due to emergent or unplanned short-tem sick leave would otherwise close the school. 

Responsibilities

Teacher aide:

  • provides, by agreement, continuity of pre-set learning where in a teacher’s absence a school would otherwise close
  • claims payment for a supervisory allowance
  • claims payment as a casual for additional hours worked above normal rostered hours when supervising pre-set learning activities.

Regional office:

  • ensures relief arrangements for one or two teacher rural/ remote area schools in accordance with the process detailed in this procedure.

Principal:

  • ensures relief arrangements for one or two teacher rural/ remote area schools and virtual school settings in accordance with the process detailed in this procedure.

Process

Relief arrangements for one or two teacher rural/remote schools

Regional Office:

  • develops a register of registered local teachers 
    • excludes any teacher where record is marked ‘ineligible for employment’
    • advises those teachers they must write to the Executive Director, Human Resources, seeking a review of their eligibility for employment if they want to be included on register
  • develops a register of responsible adults  including teacher aides at a school interested in providing supervision of pre-set learning in cases where no teacher is available
  • considers whether continuity of learning can be delivered through supervision of pre-set learning activities for students
  • decides appropriateness of appointing a ‘responsible adult’ to supervise pre-set learning activities for students
  • gives first preference to appointing a teacher aide (DETE employees only) to supervise pre-set learning activities for students where there is no casual teacher or a registered local teacher available.

Principal:

  • engages a casual supply teacher (DETE employees only) 
  • engages a registered local teacher, if a casual supply teacher is not available, who has indicated an availability to work on an ad hoc basis
  • engages a responsible adult, giving first preference to teacher aides, to supervise pre-set learning activities for students where there is no casual supply teacher or registered local teacher available as a replacement 
    • Teacher aide supervisory allowance is paid at a flat allowance of $60.00 per day (or part day thereof) in addition to all other entitlements including rostered/normal and any additional hours worked.
    • Payment for supervisory allowance and extra hours worked by a teacher aide, under these arrangements, is to be funded through the TRS.
  • closes the school if no replacement available
  • liaises with Regional office regarding the most appropriate replacement option.

Relief arrangements for virtual school setting:

Principal:

  • appoints a teacher aide to supervise students, without a teacher being physically present, during the delivery of lessons
  • allocates supervisory duties to teacher aide who is attached to the virtual class
  • reaches mutual agreement with affected teacher aides, on the manner in which classes are to be supervised including instituting a rotation system, where there is more than one teacher aide attached to the class.

Online Resources

Review Date

14/12/2012
Attribution CC BY

​Responsible adult

Registered local teacher

Virtual School Setting (VSS)

  • Virtual Schooling provides external delivery of curriculum lessons through electronic virtual media hosts. Lessons are hosted through various forms of media, including computer and big screens electronics. Classes are conducted through electronic media to provide delivery of lessons. Supervision must be provided to receive the allowance.