To give extra support to students, the Victorian Government has provided $480 million for schools to have tutors in 2021 and 2022.
The tutor learning initiative will make sure that children who may have not progressed as well as they could have in 2020 and 2021 get the help they need. Support is available for children of all abilities across all year levels.
The tutors provide targeted teaching to their students. This may involve taking part in small group learning in a class setting or outside of regular class.
Schools select tutors based on their area of expertise and the needs of their students. Numeracy and literacy are foundational skills, so most schools are focusing on helping children with these.
Your child’s school will manage how best to put the learning support in place.
Access to the tutor learning initiative
Your child’s school will identify if your child needs extra support.
We have given schools advice on how to identify and assess students who may need extra help. This will make sure that children who will benefit most from small group learning are selected to take part.
If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s engagement in learning, you should contact your child's school.
How long your child gets support for
If the school selects your child for tutor support, it will decide how often and for how long they need it.
To make their decision the school will assess your child’s learning and progress. This means your child may get support for:
- a number of weeks
- a few months or longer
- at different points throughout the year as different learning needs are identified.
Tutoring is likely to take place over three sessions a week but this may be different from school to school. Schools time the tutoring sessions based on the learning needs of the students.
When and where tutoring takes place
Learning support takes place before, after or during school hours, at your child’s school. This will help make sure that their other learning or school activities are not disrupted.