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How to set up a tutor program in your school
Victorian Education Minister James Merlino recently announced a $250 million package to recruit and deploy more than 4100 tutors to support more than 200,000 students across the state in the 2021 school year.
“This is the single biggest boost to individual learning in our state’s history,” he said.
“We’re dealing with a one-in-100 year pandemic and we are responding in an unprecedented way. If your child has fallen behind, we will bring them back up to speed.”
Mr Merlino estimates about 80 per cent of the tutors will be women and the tutors will be teachers who are currently retired, pre-service, or casual relief in schools.
These additional tutors will be “over and above” the existing workforce and the package is looking at providing around three group sessions with up to six students, but schools will make the final decision based on their students’ needs.
Mr Merlino said every school would receive funding for the package which would be weighted on disadvantage.
Program No 1 – For School Executives -How to set up a tutor program in your school
This online program will help you think through the major issues of when and how to set up your tutor program to help the students who really need it and ensure that your teachers and tutors have a clear understanding of their role.
This workshop includes insights and practical advice on
- The essentials of small group tutoring
- How to identify high quality tutors and recognize people who will work well in your school.
- How to create and spell out your school philosophy of teaching and learning
- How to identify students who will gain the most from tutoring.
- How to provide training that spells out how tutors can establish
- a culture of learning,
- encourage metacognition and conceptual understanding,
- engage and challenge students in their learning and
- professionally reflect on their students and
- Network with classroom teachers.
- Post COVID social and emotional considerations of placing students in a tutoring program.
- How best to physically set up tutor groups and how to get the best out of a physical arrangement that is not optimal.
- Whether small group or individual tutoring work best for your students
- What parental contact protocols will work?
- How best to establish, lead and monitor tutoring standards and outcomes.
- What classroom teachers need to know about placing students in a tutor program and how to get alignment?