Tutor Practice Guide – 2023

The Tutor Practice Guide (PDF)External Link provides targeted advice for educators working in the Tutor Learning Initiative (TLI). This includes advice for tutors on program design, curriculum planning, pedagogy and assessment. The guide will also be useful to school leaders, school improvement teams and classroom teachers to ensure tutoring is integrated into the school’s broader teaching and learning program.

Tutor Learning Initiative – 2023 funding

For information about 2023 TLI funding, please refer to the 2023 indicative student resource package guide, available on the guidance tab of Student Resource Package — Targeted Initiatives.

Student achievement managers

Student achievement managers (SAMs) are located in the department’s regional offices and are the first point of contact for schools.

SAMs work with schools to:

  • support the implementation of TLI by working proactively with schools, networks, principals and their teams to build school improvement capacity through evidence-based best-practice literacy and numeracy intervention models.
  • support schools to reflect on their implementation of TLI through use of the TLI Implementation Continua
  • facilitate communities of practice (CoPs), which are an opportunity for tutors to connect with other schools in the region to share practice approaches and discuss challenges.

Professional learning

The department offers professional learning webinars throughout the year to support the implementation of TLI, advertised through In Our ClassroomsExternal Link .

Professional learning is also offered by regional offices, please contact your school’s SAM for further information.

Key resources, including past professional learning, can be found on the:

  • TLI Arc channelExternal Link – tutors, school leaders and regional staff can watch webinar recordings or register to attend upcoming, free webinars that are designed to provide guidance and support in the implementation of TLI. Arc will be updated throughout the year as additional professional learning is made available to support schools and tutors. Please note: some webinars require a staff login.
  • TLI HubExternal Link (staff login required): contains professional learning modules with key information for tutors, including professional reading and links to webinars. The modules cover the essential requirements of tutors, as well as guidance and resources to enhance small group teaching skills. Additional modules will be added to the TLI Hub over time and will be accessible throughout the year.

A catalogue summary of all TLI webinars (PDF)External Link (staff login required) delivered to date is also available.

Key insights from the implementation of the Tutor Learning Initiative

The department commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to evaluate the first year of implementation of the Tutor Learning Initiative in 2021. The evaluation demonstrated many positive impacts of the initiative and the key insights (DOCX)External Link are available for download

Tutor Learning Initiative – What works? Implementation insights

The Tutor Learning Initiative – What works? Implementation insights (DOCX)External Link is designed to support school leaders and tutors to learn more about the positive impact of the TLI in 2021 and ‘what works’ when implementing the initiative. Along with outlining critical factors for success, it also provides an opportunity for school staff to reflect and consider any TLI implementation improvements that they may wish to make in 2023.

TLI implementation Continua

The TLI Implementation Continua (DOCX)External Link (the Continua) is designed to support schools to reflect, self-evaluate, and track their progress towards TLI implementation. The Continua includes 6 dimensions describing the TLI policy parameters and related guidance. Each dimension is unpacked across 4 levels of proficiency to support school self-assessment and setting of developmental goals.

The Continua can be used to guide collective discussions between student achievement managers and school leaders, classroom teachers and tutors to:

  • self-evaluate their current TLI implementation and small group learning practice and understand what improved practice looks like
  • engage in reflection, inquiry and conversations about improving TLI implementation
  • sustain 2021 and 2022 TLI implementation learnings into 2023 to support sustainable small group learning.

Recruitment assistance

Recruitment Online Help for RecruitersExternal Link (staff login required) includes a training tutorial video, frequently asked questions and instructions on how to search the talent pool and appoint applicants who have expressed interest in employment as a tutor.

Information for families – templates

Schools can choose to use this template letter to families of students that have been identified to receive additional support (DOCX)External Link through the Tutor Learning Initiative.

Schools can choose to distribute this template letter to families providing general information about the TLI (DOCX)External Link through their regular communications channels (for example, as part of their newsletters, learning management systems and emails). Versions of this letter translated into 34 community languages are available below.

The templates can be modified to include information about the school’s selected practice approach, frequency of small group tutoring sessions and curriculum focus. Schools should consider whether this letter requires translation into a language other than English or if the English version requires tailoring to best meet their local context and community’s needs.

Tutor Learning Initiative: General information for families – translated into 34 languages

The ‘Tutor Learning Initiative: General information for families’ document is available to download in different languages:

Useful data sources

The following resources provide practice advice and strategies to support small group, literacy and numeracy intervention in schools:

Resources for the Tutor Learning Initiative 2021

Reviewed 08 June 2023

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