Finding brilliance in every child
Every child needs the right support in order to achieve all that he or she is capable of. Ahmad Najib reveals how he makes a difference to students with special education needs through his work as an Allied Educator (Learning & Behavioural Support).
Mdm Melissa Lee Mei Lin
Allied Educator (LBS), Orchid Park Secondary School
I wanted a job where I could live out my passion in helping children with special needs – a job that is not just a job or a career, but a vocation and a calling.”
As an Allied Educator (Learning and Behavioural Support), Melissa specialises in providing learning and behavioural support to pupils with special needs in a mainstream school such as dyslexia, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. One of the biggest obstacles she faces at work is to motivate her students to keep going on and not give up. But it is all worth it when she sees her pupils improve in their studies and develop personally – gaining confidence and building life skills that will help them as they journey to adulthood.
Melissa strongly believes that each child deserves equal opportunities, no child should be left behind and that they deserve the best support and care. She also works closely with the school community, parents of pupils as well as external partners, such as educational psychologists and therapists to build an inclusive community for students with special needs.
Mr Jeyaram Kadivan
Senior Allied Educator (LBS), St. Gabriel’s Secondary School
Ram, an Allied Educator (Learning and Behavioural Support) was given the Leading Foundation Teacher Award (LFTA) in October 2016 for his dedication in helping special needs children at his school such as Caleb Tay, the first and only visually impaired student at the school.
Determined to help the boy, Ram reached out to his own lecturer who is visually impaired, sat down with school counsellors and experts to find ways to help, making progress through trial and error. Many times, Ram had to enlarge text and graphs to reduce the strain on Caleb’s eyes, but that meant having to reformat the pages and running into a host of problems.
However, seeing his special needs students excel is reward in itself. "I would not have been able to do that much for Caleb and all the students if the teachers and the school had not been accommodating.
The child might have the potential, but if the environment is not supportive, even a bright student might not get far."
The Allied Educator (Learning and Behavioural Support) provides structured and systematic support to students with mild special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream schools, and enables them to integrate better in the mainstream schools. The key responsibilities include:
- Identifying and designing support structures/ strategies, and providing in-class support and/or individual and small-group intervention/ specialised remediation to students with SEN
- Working with school leaders and management team to plan and implement school-wide SEN support programmes
- Monitoring the effectiveness of intervention and support provided for students with SEN regularly and recommending improvements to enhance existing support at the school level
- Collaborating and consulting with parents and external agencies/ professionals in ensuring the support and well-being of students with SEN
Former AED(LBS) or individuals with at least a diploma or degree in special education can join us as a Flexi-Adjunct Allied Educator (Learning & Behavioural Support) [FAJ(LBS)].
We are looking for applicants who have a passion for working with students with special educational needs, and good interpersonal and communication skills. Relevant experience such as training and teaching of students with special educational needs would be an advantage. You should possess a polytechnic diploma or a university degree; those without a degree/ diploma and with relevant experience and expertise may also apply.
Remuneration & Benefits
Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural Support) are appointed on the Allied Educator Scheme of Service. Successful candidates will be offered appointment on a contract basis.
The starting salary ranges from $1,750 - $4,610.
Your appointment grade and starting salary will commensurate with your qualifications and work experience. You will be granted additional salary increments if you have completed full-time National Service.
Note: The above is applicable to candidates appointed with effect from October 2018. All salaries are subject to review and change.
Other service benefits include:
- School Holiday Scheme (similar to teaching staff)
- Medical leave - 14 days sick leave (if no hospitalisation) and up to 60 days sick leave (with hospitalisation)
- Subsidised medical and dental benefits
- Use of Government Holiday Bungalows
- Group Insurance Scheme at low premium
We offer career advancement opportunities for all allied educators under the Allied Educators Scheme, which allows officers to build expertise in their areas of specialisation. Officers who demonstrate good performance and potential can look forward to taking on higher level appointments in schools as well as leadership positions in the Ministry’s headquarters.
Successful candidates will be sponsored to attend a foundational training programme and are required to serve a 2-year bond upon successful completion of the training. You will receive a full monthly salary while undergoing the foundational training.
The application for the AED(LBS) position is currently closed. You may leave your details here and we will inform you when the position is open for recruitment.