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Daniela Bird, Learning Specialist, Melton West Primary School
Melton West is a fairly large primary school, we’ve got about 500 kids, very diverse range of nationalities, abilities and it’s just a really fun place to work at.
So the Tutor Learning Initiative Program is where we pull students out of the classroom, their regular program and intensively work on some of the gaps that they’ve had in their learning.
Kathy Cvitkovic, Assistant Principal, Melton West Primary School
During the lockdown, and particularly the second lockdown, we were concerned about what was this going to look like once our kids came back – around attendance, around their learning, around social interactions – what was that going to look like?
We knew there was going to be gaps in some of their learning, we knew that because we didn’t have the ability to sit there with them and show them and model how we normally would, even though we were live learning, it’s different. We were already thinking about ways of filling in those gaps.
Our focus is on reading. We believe that reading is a fundamental skill for life so therefore that’s what our focus is.
Vedaant, Program participant, Melton West Primary School
I can finally understand why the author wrote the book because when I used to read, it felt boring, I can’t find out what was happening. Now I can find out what the author is trying to tell me and I can understand what’s going on in the text.
I’m seeing focus, a real focus on their learning. I’m seeing ownership of their learning. I’m seeing students interacting a lot more energetically with each other and with their teachers.
Liz Darwish, parent, Melton West Primary School
My son went from being very shy and reserved and standing in the corner to putting his hand up and willing to participate and actually came home knowing the days of the week and months of the year. So it was really wonderful to see.
Funding for the tutor learning initiative
In 2021, the Victorian Government invested $250 million towards the Tutor learning initiative which enabled all Victorian government schools, and qualifying non-government schools, to engage over 6,400 tutors to provide students, who struggled most during remote and flexible learning in 2020, with extra targeted learning support in 2021.
In October 2021, the Victorian Government has invested an additional $230 million of funding to extend the Tutor Learning Initiative for the 2022 school year, which will continue to provide school students with targeted learning support.
These extra resources help to support the learning and engagement of students who struggled most during remote and flexible learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
Evidence suggests students who struggled most with remote and flexible learning include those:
- with low levels of English
- already at risk of disengaging from school
- with home environments not conducive to remote and flexible learning
- enrolled in applied programs
- who need educational and health and wellbeing supports at school but were unable to access them at home.
The initiative is the single largest investment in targeted learning support in the state’s history. It's expected to support more than 200,000 students across all year levels in secondary, primary, and specialist schools.
How the initiative works
The initiative is consistent with Australian and international evidence that demonstrates effective learning intervention is through tutoring or small group learning support.
Government schools and eligible non-government schools receive funding to engage tutors. Students are supported by tutors at their school site.
Schools determine how to put the initiative in place, based on the needs of students and the school. This includes the engagement of tutors, student support, and hours of work.
Information for prospective tutors
Government and non-government schools will recruit tutors as needed throughout the school years in 2021 and 2022.
Information about eligibility requirements and how to register your interest in future opportunities is available on
Tutor learning initiative in 2022: information for prospective tutors
Information for parent / carer(s)
Parents and carers can find information about the initiative on
Tutor learning initiative: extra learning support for your child
Implementation guidance and resources for school leaders, teachers and tutors
Implementation guidance for government schools is available on the Policy and Advisory Library (PAL)
Guidance includes information about:
- tutor engagement
- student assessment and selection for support
- small group learning.
For resources to support the identification of students, refer to the implementation checklist for school leaders on the
PAL resources page
School leaders, teachers and tutors can access professional learning webinars on
ARC tutor learning initiative professional learning
Tutor learning initiative hub (Edumail account required) provides professional learning modules for government school tutors. The modules include small group teaching curriculum planning and assessment resources.