Students benefit from tutoring program

Schools across the State are embracing small-group tuition as part of the department's strategy to improve numeracy and literacy outcomes.

03 March 2021
Two female students sit on either side of a woman teacher at a desk in a library.
Image: Small group tuition is helping students impacted by last year's move to online learning during the pandemic.

NSW public school students are benefitting from the NSW Government’s $337 million tuition program.

The small-group tuition program is part of the COVID intensive learning support program announced in last year’s Budget to help students whose learning was impacted by the pandemic.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said more than 3960 educators were already on the ground at 1755 schools.

The vast majority of tutors were retired or casual teachers, supplemented by university education students and university tutors.

“I’m thrilled to see members of the education community coming forward to help out students after a disruptive 2020,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This additional support is tailored by the school, using both the data from last year’s Check-in Assessments and the knowledge of classroom teachers.

“Having tailored models of support allows schools to be flexible so students can catch up in any areas where they’ve been struggling.”

Ms Mitchell said the program was receiving excellent reviews from teachers and principals.

“The feedback I have received is that school communities are ecstatic to have this extra support and are already putting staff to work to ensure students benefit from the program as soon as possible,” Ms Mitchell said.

Rural and remote school leaders would also have access to expert additional educators to develop tailored support models to implement the program successfully, she said.

Registrations are still open to educators interested in taking part via the COVID intensive learning support program webpage.

Existing Department of Education staff should register interest through ClassCover.

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