This policy outlines how schools can plan for and implement the Tutor Learning Initiative to support student learning in the 2021 school year.
The Tutor Learning Initiative is designed to support students whose learning has been disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools must only use their funding to engage tutors to provide targeted teaching to students identified as needing support.
The Initiative will be delivered in 2021 and commence in schools from Term 1. Schools must record students receiving targeted teaching on CASES21, and update student details in terms 2,3, and 4.
Schools will be able to determine the most appropriate model of tutoring for their school and students, with support from regional staff and guided by the evidence, resources, and professional learning developed by the Department.
The funding provided to schools must be spent during the 2021 calendar year. Funding will be provided through a Student Resource Package (SRP) credit allocation.
To identify and monitor the progress of students participating in the Initiative, schools can use their existing assessment data and students’ . Further guidance about assessment is provided in the Guidance chapter .
Tutors must be employed as either:
- a Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registered teacher, or a teacher with VIT Permission to Teach (Teacher Tutor)
- an education support class employee who is a pre-service teacher
- an education support class employee who is a speech therapist or occupational therapist, and who are employed to enable learning support for identified students.
Pre-service teachers employed as education support class tutors must be directly supervised by a teacher.
Professional learning to support implementation of the TLI in schools is being provided for school leaders and tutors. Previous sessions and upcoming professional learning can be accessed on the TLI Arc channel.
Schools should contact their Student Achievement Manager (SAM) or Senior Education Improvement Leader (SEIL) in the first instance for individual concerns.
In addition to their regional contacts, schools can direct queries about the initiative to the following Department contacts::
Reviewed 13 May 2021