Education Assistant Professional Learning Day

PL # 14177

  • Starting on 29 May 2024
  • Cancellation permitted until 21 May 2024
  • Event registrations closed on 21 May 2024

Delivery Format : In Person

Event registration is Closed


Are you an Education Assistant working in Early Learning or Middle years of Primary School? Do you want to enhance your skills and knowledge to better support the students you work with? This day of professional learning offers a range of sessions focused on effective communication, working with children with additional needs, oral language development and hands-on literacy and numeracy experiences. You will be provided with practical strategies and techniques that can be applied in the classroom, fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students. 

- effective communication
- positive behaviour support and emotional regulation
- early intervention and enrichment
- strategies to support language, literacy and numeracy 


Meika Pfeiffer-Gough (AISWA Staff)

Teacher Quality And School Leadership Consultant

Meika Pfeiffer-Gough <span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Meika Pfeiffer-Gough is a School Leadership and Teaching Quality Consultant, a new role for 2022. Meika has gained her experience and knowledge whilst working across a variety of educational settings in the PK-12 environment, during her 17 years as a teacher and leader. She has always been a firm advocate for empowering staff and students to develop growth mindsets and is passionate in her belief that strong, positive, and supportive teacher-student relationships, are fundamental to improving teaching and learning outcomes in schools.

Simon Campbell (AISWA Staff)

Inclusive Education Consultant

Simon Campbell <span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Simon has worked in the Education Support Special Needs Education field for over a decade in both Department and Non-Government schools. He has worked in Education Support and mainstream settings with a wide range of students with differing levels of need. Simon is also an Occupational Therapist who has worked in private practice. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in disability and brings a holistic but pragmatic view to his Inclusive Education Consultant role at AISWA.

Lynne McCarney (AISWA Staff)

Early Childhood Consultant

Lynne McCarney <span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Lynne McCarney brings a wealth of experience and diverse skills as an Early Childhood Consultant. Her global journey includes roles as a Specialist Teacher, Early Childhood Educator, Academic Sessional Tutor, and literacy specialist. Lynne’s commitment to enhancing early childhood education is evident through her international teaching experiences, from an International Baccalaureate school in Canada to Independent schools in Perth.

Passionate about evidence-based practices, Lynne specialises in early literacy, relational pedagogy, and trauma-informed teaching. She is an advocate for play-based learning, contributing significantly to resource development aligning with the National Quality Standard and Early Years Learning Framework. Dedicated to shaping the future of education, Lynne is poised to empower both educators and students through innovative, research-driven approaches, fostering holistic development in young minds. Many of these resources are accessible via the ACECQA website for Early Childhood teachers across Australia.

Julie Townsend (AISWA Staff)

Lead Psychologist

Julie Townsend <span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Julie is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who has worked with Non-Government schools in Western Australia for over thirty years. Julie is currently the lead of the AISWA School Psychology Service. She has a passion for sharing psychological knowledge to support schools in optimising the learning, development and wellbeing of students.  As part of the school psychology service, she works with children, parents, carers and teachers to help them understand issues students may experience. Julie is a current psychology board approved supervisor who has a passion for supporting the professional growth and development of psychologists. 

Nigel Briggs (AISWA Staff)

Industrial And Workplace Relations Consultant

Nigel Briggs <span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Prior to joining AISWA in 2017, Nigel was an officer with the Independent Education Union of WA for 18 years. 16 years of those as Assistant Secretary (Industrial Relations). 
During that time, Nigel focussed on developing strong professional working relationships with Employees, Employers and key sector participants. His key objective was to provide consistent, accurate and timely advice and advocacy.

Since joining AISWA Nigel has been responsible for providing advice and support to member schools on all things relating to Industrial Relations, Human Resource matters and Workplace Health and Safety.  He assesses and advises on ‘conflicting’ issues (e.g. industrial issues and staff welfare; duty of care and discrimination; behaviour management and discrimination; student welfare and rights as well as staff welfare and rights).

Nigel supports schools on any issue that may have legal implications. 

Terms & Conditions

AISWA Professional Learning – In Person Event 

  • Detailed In Person event T&Cs here. Below is an overview only.

In Person event conditions

  • Attendance records: Participants must sign-in on the day to confirm attendance. A member school can also view this data for their staff.
  • Privacy disclaimer: PL Events may be live-streamed, recorded or photographed by AISWA for sharing. Attendees have the right to be excluded from such records but must notify AISWA of their wishes before the start of the event. NB: This condition was acknowledged during registration. See full T&Cs here.
  • Attendee swaps: Acceptable. The organiser must be notified. There are conditions.
  • Walk Ins: Any non-registered attendee MUST disclose this to AISWA on arrival. A correct registration process can then be followed. 
  • IT Acceptable Use Policy: Compliance with this policy for the use of AISWA’s on-site equipment, internet and website is required.
  • Payment Conditions: Price includes GST. Credit card payment only for Guests. Member schools will be invoiced post-event.
  • Cancellation: Cancellation is without charge if prior to Cancellation Permitted date. Cancellations via this website. Late cancellations or failure to attend will incur full cost. Refer any issues to the Event Organiser. If AISWA cancels a PL Event, attendees will be notified by email and any payment will be refunded.
  • Free event non-attendance: A fee of $25 may apply. See full T&Cs.

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Education Assistant Professional Learning Day

Date / Time

29 May 2024 Starts: 08:30 Finishes: 15:30

Delivery Format : In Person

AISWA Training Room Suite 1


Suite 1, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017

Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). To use these bays, you will need to first download the EasyPark App on your phone. When you arrive you can scan the QR code on the parking meter to pay for your parking using the app. Please note that the meters are no longer accepting cash or card payments. Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

PL Hours : 6.50

Learning Area

  • Early Childhood
  • Inclusive Education
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

School Area

  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Pre-Primary
  • Kindergarten
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

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