Funding for the Tutor Learning Initiative will be provided to schools as a specific purpose payment through a Student Resource Package (SRP) credit allocation. The following arrangements apply to TLI funding:
- Schools must only use their funding for the provision of the TLI in schools – to provide targeted teaching by a tutor to students identified as needing support.
- Schools can use additional funds through, for example, equity funding to expand this program in 2021.
- This funding includes on-costs (for superannuation and payroll tax). On-costs are not separately itemised within the budget. When hiring staff, it is important to factor in these on-costs.
- Schools must spend and acquit the TLI allocation during the 2021 calendar year.
- Schools will however be able to retain unspent 2021 funding for the salary of tutors who are employed until 27 January 2022. As funding is only allocated in 2021, the unspent portion of funding will form the final 2021 credit position and rolled over into the 2022 year, as per normal SRP reconciliation processes.
To ensure schools can participate effectively in the Initiative, schools will receive a base level allocation of $15,000, with additional loadings based on student enrolments and disadvantage.
Schools have been advised on their confirmed Tutor Learning funding allocations and expected contributions by email on 1 April 2021. This email advice also included the estimated number of students they can directly support with this funding.
All schools received funding equal to or higher than outlined in the indicative budget cycle.
School finance contributions
Where schools have unspent credit funds in excess of $10,000 provided for the employment of teaching and support staff, a proportion of these unspent funds may be directed to support the engagement of tutors under the Tutor Learning Initiative 2021.
This proportion will be no more than 30% of the Tutor Learning Initiative allocation, providing this does not exceed 50% of its SRP credit surplus, and that a school’s remaining credit balance is greater than $10,000, as at 22 October 2020.
Planning for the Tutor Learning Initiative
The funding allocation for each school is based on a model of students receiving two or three 45-minute sessions each week in groups of no more than five students for 26 weeks. Each school is allocating this funding to meet their specific context and identified student needs across a range of 2021 time frames.
Reviewed 12 May 2021