As I understand it -and I make no claims to being right!- an SSO number can enable you to undertake different tasks according to what skills were verified on your application. For example kindy workers would be classed as ECWs, people who have been verified as being seen to be able to work with/have experience of (that the school will accept and it can be tough proving skills practised overseas) working with kids with disabilities will be SD, curriculum support etc CS...I know that I could apply for an admin job with DECS and my SSO number would be useful, but unless I could prove that I was able to meet the requirements of that job, I wouldn't be successful.
Originally Posted by cormcvcr
I worked as a casual in both ABC and Stepping Stones and had a fab time, but although I could use my SSO duty codes to prove I had experience of disabilities, they didn't need me to be an SSO as they are not covered by DECS whilst kindys are.
IMHO the whole SSO thing is a bit like a magician diverting attention away from the crux of the problem, which is that here, just as in the UK, there are many people who want to work child-friendly hours. Too many people; too few posts; too heavy a dependance on volunteers make such jobs hard to find.
I volunteered in the canteen as well as the usual helping on trips etc and I would recommend it to anyone. I had great fun in the 2 years I helped out, got to know the teachers, the school and the kids my children hung about with whilst gaining a reference from someone who knew I was conscientious and good with kids -and adults apparently ( but with a sarcastic sense of humour it took them a few weeks to get their heads around)! Obviously I wasn't doing much, but as Nick said it was experience and a name of someone respected here rather than names of people in another country.
I don't know! Off before my coffee gets cold!
Sorry to be a bit daft but can you explain to me what DECS is? I think SSO stands for school support officer but what do the other abbreviations mean? Do I have to send something to DECS to get a SSO number to practise working in a school?
New to all this .
DECS is the Department of Education and Children's Services.
All staff who wish to work in a govt school in South Australia must register with them before getting a position. They will be allocated a number of some description as teacher, admin, TA etc.
Clearly for teachers, you can't register with DECS until you have registered with TRB - Teacher Registration Board.
As I know there is a few of us on here (t.a's) I thought I would pass on some information that I have found out about applying for an sso number to work in a school.
A lovely man at the DECS told me that on the skills/major functions part on the forms instead of getting a school here to sign you off you can get a teacher/head in the school you worked in from the uk to do it. I thought this might help some people as you might get more skills signed off in the uk. You can also use references and certificates as supporting evidence for each skill, as long as someone signs you off on each one you put down.
Some special schools and catholic schools dont require you to have an sso number.
I hope what they have told me is correct as I have been told lots of different things from the DECS not always true, however I send mine off today so will let you know what comes back!
Good luck - hope it works out.