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Training for Tutors February 2021
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 2 – Training for Tutors
Working as tutor one on one can be extremely gratifying for both the student and the tutor but working as a tutor in a school is a different experience.
The Victorian Governments offer to fund tutors in schools will lead to a huge increase in the opportunity for tutoring, small group instruction and one on one learning.
This highly practical workshop prepares tutors for working in a new way to make a difference for your students who have slipped behind during the days of online learning.
The workshop details,
- What tutors need to know about working in a school.
- The essentials of small group tutoring including;
- Differentiated learning
- Tutor group behaviour management
- Lesson planning
- Student engagement
- Student assessments
Looking at the social and emotional post COVID issues will require tutors to develop essential skills such as…
- How successful tutors build strong, personal relationships with students
- How tutors build strong connections with students’ parents.
- How to teach to the student’s strengths and what to do to minimize the students’ weaknesses.
- How to include personalisation into the program and make connections to the student’s interests.
- The importance of listening and communicating early and often with teachers and administrators.
- The need for setting goals with students.
- Building strong teacher networks for feedback and reflection.