School operations

Tutor Learning Initiative


This policy outlines how schools can plan for and implement the Tutor Learning Initiative to support student learning in the 2021 and 2022 school years.

Please note: specific guidance to implement the Tutor Learning Initiative is provided on the Guidance tab.


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 commenced in 2021 and will continue to be delivered in 2022. Schools must record students receiving targeted teaching on CASES21, and update student details every term.

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, the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and professional learning developed by the Department.

The funding provided to schools must be spent during the 2022 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’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Further guidance about assessment is provided in the Guidance chapter Student assessment and selection for support.


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.

The VIT offers advice about eligibility requirements for tutors. For more information visit Victorian Government Tutor Learning Initiative (staff login required).

Guidance on tutor engagement, funding, accessing notebooks for tutors, student assessment and selection, and implementing small-group learning is provided on the Guidance tab.

Professional learning

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.

Further information about professional learning is provided on the Resources tab.


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:

Department policy outlining how schools may engage tutor support through the Tutor Learning Initiative for the 2021 school year

Reviewed 02 December 2021

Policy last updated

15 November 2021


  • Schools
  • School councils


There are multiple contacts for this topic. Refer to the Contacts section at the bottom of the page for details

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