Tutors are employed by schools to deliver small group learning support, with a focus on literacy and numeracy.
Tutors work closely with teachers and staff to:
- identify a student’s point of need, through diagnostic assessments
- define SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) learning goals (recorded in an approved template) that can be achieved within a short, 5 to 8-week cycle of learning
- implement evidence-based, high-impact teaching strategies to progress learning
- regularly evaluate learning progress via formative assessments.
Tutors must be either:
- a teacher currently registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
- a teacher with VIT Permission to Teach (teacher tutor)
- a pre-service teacher (employed as an Education Support (ES) class employee) working under the supervision of a registered teacher
- a speech therapist or occupational therapist (employed as an ES class employee) tutoring in specific identified student needs
- a retired teacher who has re-registered with the VIT – retired teachers may contact the VIT for support.
Government schools select and recruit tutors to work in their schools using their regular recruitment processes. Schools are supported in their recruitment through the Recruitment Online Portal (ROL) pool of interested tutors. Further information on registering interest through the ROL is provided at the webpage.
Consistent with the VGSA 2022, the school's tutor workforce plan should be developed using the school’s consultative arrangements, including the use of merit processes to ensure the best tutor is selected to meet the needs of identified students. This process applies to both local workforce decisions and ROL tutor processes.
Victorian government schools are not required to advertise tutor positions for the TLI on Recruitment Online. Instead, schools will be able to access the register of interested tutors through the ROL to identify and shortlist suitable tutors for recruitment.
In the case that a school would like to appoint an existing employee through their regular, merit-based human resources processes, the school can use a General Ledger (GL) override on eduPay to assign the employee’s tutor portion to TLI code 80026.
The role and responsibilities of tutors should be defined according to their classification and range. Schools can refer to:
Schools can nominate a tutor for a notebook under the Notebooks for school staff program in the same way they do for their eligible school staff. Nominations for notebooks are based on a set of eligibility criteria, found on the page.
Reviewed 20 March 2023