Teacher aides support teaching and learning in Queensland state schools. They work closely with teachers, developing and obtaining resources, setting up and operating equipment, undertaking administrative duties, supervising students and participating in teaching activities under the direction of a teacher.
They provide a wide range of support for students who need assistance to participate in educational activities and achieve learning outcomes.
The department promotes lifelong learning for all staff, starting with a local and a systemic induction during the first weeks of employment.
A valuable resource for staff preparing induction programs is the Induction handbook teacher aides 2.8M. This handbook addresses many aspects of employment as a teacher aide and sets the role into context. It also provides a ready source of information beyond the induction phase of a teacher aide's career.
Teacher aides are also encouraged, through regular Developing Performance conversations with their team leaders, to access relevant development opportunities and/or qualifications.
Developing Performance conversations are intended to enhance the capabilities of all employees. The Queensland Public Service Capability and Leadership Framework (CLF) is a capability framework for public service employees including teacher aides. It provides a guide to the abilities and behaviours expected of employees at different classification levels.
The descriptors of the five capabilities at each level help employees think about their approach to their own work, and to prepare for their next Developing Performance conversation. CLF2 aligns to teacher aide classifications OO2 and OO3. CLF 3 aligns with classification OO4.
Teacher aides who gain Certificate III or higher level qualifications and hold a Senior First Aid Certificate are able to progress into a higher classification at a certain point in their employment.
Indigenous teacher aides are able to undertake a Certificate IV in Education through distance education in the Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP). This program provides a pathway into teaching, articulating into a Bachelor of Education degree at James Cook University.
By investing in their own professional growth teacher aides are better able to effectively support students and teachers, and well placed to progress their own careers.
This page was last reviewed on 15 Jul 2015
Each year on the first Friday in September, schools celebrate the support provided to students and teachers by their teacher aides.
This celebration day enables the school community to recognise the skills, abilities and flexibility that teacher aides contribute to the daily life of the school.
Presentations on parade, morning teas or lunches and many other ways to say thanks are arranged by schools to mark this special day.