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What is an Education Support Worker?

Working under the guidance of a classroom teacher or other educator, an Education Support Worker aids efforts to provide additional instruction and assistance to students. They perform non-teaching tasks such as supervising children, preparing learning areas and grading papers.

Education Support Workers facilitate and engage in learning activities, help with enforcing classroom guidelines and monitor student behaviour. They manage the classroom supplies and resources and assist with integrating new technology; setting up projectors, computers and other audiovisual equipment.

One other important responsibility of an Education Support Worker is to aid in improving students’ comprehension, particularly those with behavioural, learning or physical difficulties. Meeting the needs of special education students often calls for the Education Support Worker to make modifications and adjustments to lessons, such as reading questions aloud or spending extra time with students outside of class to help them finish assessments and exercises.

What do Education Support Workers do?

  • Helping with daily tasks, such as recording grades, collecting and distributing homework and taking attendance.
  • Setting up learning areas for lessons and recreation.
  • Assisting with learning activities, supervising and demonstrating tasks.
  • Managing and maintaining classroom, information and materials.
  • Imposing classroom and school rules, guiding and monitoring student conduct and behaviour.
  • Providing support to special education students with behavioural, physical or learning troubles.
  • Working one-on-one with students to enhance their social skills and encourage good behaviour.
  • Integrating learning technology, such as projectors, televisions and computers..

Career snapshot for Education Support Worker

  • The average age of working Education Support Workers is 46.
  • 12.00% of Education Support Workers are male.
  • 27.30% of Education Support Workers work full-time and on average they work around 33.6 hours per week.
  • With A Certificate II or III, Education Support Workers get paid $927 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are average.
  • In 2015 records showed 92,800 employed Education Support Workers.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be very strong with employment numbers around 114,700 by 2020.