The role of SLSOs in learning from home

The information below explains the SLSO role statement and suggested ways of supporting student learning during this time, and how this can occur under the direction of a teacher.

Category General duties Examples of other ways of working Examples of how teachers and leaders can support
  • Assist with learning
  • Assist students with classroom activities.
  • Assist the classroom teacher in the teaching and learning environment.
  • Assist the classroom teacher in organising and preparing resources, in both the classroom and playground to support teaching and learning.
  • Offer support to students by email/telephone.
  • Assist to monitor Google Classroom/Teams.
  • Assist the teacher in putting resource packs together for students. This would require a copy of any visuals/scaffolding used at school.
  • Assist the teacher create digital resources including videos and podcasts.
  • Teacher may liaise with the SLSO prior to the lesson on intended outcomes / lesson focus.
  • Teacher may ask the SLSO to email or telephone students and offer support on particular lessons or activities.
  • Teacher may provide advice to SLSO on how to monitor Google Classroom/teams.
  • Assist with routine
  • Assist students with school routines.
  • Using learning programs developed by the teacher; support the development of an individualised weekly timetable in consultation with the parent/carer/student and class teacher that can be implemented in the home or school setting.
  • Develop timetables in collaboration with parents/class room teachers to assist in routines at home or the school setting.
  • Teacher or LAST may liaise with SLSO to discuss the learning plan for the week and how adjustments can be made for individual students.
  • Teacher or LAST may ask SLSO to email or telephone students/parents/carers at the beginning of the week to develop individual timetables for students accommodating their individual learning plans based in the learning program developed by the teacher.
  • Teacher or LAST may ask SLSO to email or telephone students at the beginning of the day to develop timetables for
  • Assist with wellbeing
  • Participate in student welfare and wellbeing activities as required.
  • Assist and support students to develop independent living and pre-vocational skills including through travel training, transition, excursions and work experience programs.
  • Write social stories based on need – social stories may be recorded and uploaded to Google Classroom or Teams.
  • Identify opportunities for students to develop independent living skills e.g. cooking, dressing, making their bed. These will be dependent on the student’s capabilities.
  • Touch base with families on caseload in the method directed by the principal e.g. telephone, video link or email, keeping in mind allocated time per student.
  • Facilitate brain break/mindfulness activities and socialisation opportunities via video link.
  • Teachers may liaise with SLSOs and ask them to plan a brain/break or mindfulness activities.
  • Assist with individual plans
  • Implement the health care plans or behaviour plans of students with disability or behaviour disorders to support their engagement in learning activities.
  • Assist the classroom teacher in the implementation of individual educational programs and individual transition programs.
  • Familiarise themselves with student individual education plans.
  • Assist with implementing individual education plans that may need to be updated in preparation for learning from home.
  • Assist the learning and support team in documenting updated individual
  • Teacher or LAST liaise with SLSOs around adjustments that can be made to individual plans to support implementation of the plans while learning from home.
  • Teacher or LAST liaise with SLSOs around the implementation of adjusted individual plans while learning from home.
  • Undertake administrative duties
  • Duties to support and enable effective teaching and learning outcomes for students.
  • Undertake other related duties as determined by the principal or supervisor.
  • Record information on the database that is utilised by your school setting e.g. Sentral, Millennium
  • Support teaching staff to monitor questions from parents and students on digital platforms used by the school.
  • Complete professional learning.

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  • Teaching and learning

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  • Learning Improvement
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