CHCEDS023 - Supervise students outside the classroom

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CHCEDS023 - Supervise students outside the classroom

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to supervise students in school grounds, community settings, and other non-classroom environments.

The unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and the work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.


The student can identify potential risks associated with an activity in cooperation with relevant personnel

• Assess the environment for physical hazards and impediments to the active supervision of students

• Identify physical, psychological and logistical risks to be considered in the risk evaluation

• Use planning strategies to address identified risks and hazards in activities

• Access information about additional needs of students to inform the supervisory process

• Review information about children’s health and medical needs prior to out-of-class activity

The student can use positive student management techniques

• Establish expectations for student behaviour in advance of the activity in accordance with the organisation’s positive behaviour support plan

• Model positive interactions with students and other adults at all times

• Use verbal and non-verbal techniques to acknowledge and influence student behaviour

• Supervise and monitor area of responsibility and students in order to respond to situations in a timely manner

• Use timely interventions to prevent escalation of incidents

The student can maintain calm and confident demeanour

• Monitor and control personal stress levels

• Articulate verbal directions in a clear and moderate tone and repeat this where necessary

• Assess situations and determine suitable action

• Use planned strategies to defuse stressful situations before they escalate

• Summon assistance when necessary using the organisations planned methods of communication

• Follow the organisation’s debriefing processes

The student can review and reflect on the effectiveness of strategies and performance

• Evaluate the effectiveness of strategies with other members of the education team

• Revise strategies when necessary

The student used a range of supportive behaviour techniques, as described in the education organisation’s supportive behaviour plan, and contributed to the development of risk-management strategies for non-classroom based activities, including:

• valuing and responding appropriately to cultural difference

• making accurate observations and assessments of student interactions

• reporting information accurately and correctly according to organisational standards.


Knowledge Evidence:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the work role.

These include knowledge of:

  • supportive behaviour techniques appropriate to the education environment and students
  • risk-management procedures of the organisation
  • appropriate sources of required additional information about students to be supervised
  • reporting requirements for hazards/incidents
  • effective use of communication equipment/procedures
  • responsibilities of the education support worker when supervising students in non-classroom environments.
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