“This is a welcome and much needed investment,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.
“We know that students who were already experiencing disadvantage in their education are the ones most affected by learning loss this year and it is absolutely vital that concentrated effort is made to get those children back on track.
Teach For Australia works exclusively with schools serving low socio-economic communities and Ms Potts Rosevear said TFA’s partner schools and teaching associates were acutely aware that many of the most vulnerable students had additional struggles this year.
“We know our teachers and partner schools worked around the clock, quite literally, to support their students but the stark reality is they were responding to problems and issues that were far less significant – even negligible – for schools in more advantaged communities.
“This year proved teachers to be the heroes we always believed them to be but they don’t have magic powers and they need this additional support and investment now that face-to-face classes have resumed.
“In our work already with The Tutor Network and from overseas experiences, we know tutoring in small groups is most effective when it is embedded within schools and is in line with learning objectives identified by the teachers who know their students’ needs, rather than standalone arrangements that happen outside of the school gate.
“Education in the era of Covid-19 has shone new light on the depth of education inequity in Australia and we cannot ignore it. We owe it to these students to do everything we can to get their learning back on track.
“Here at TFA, we hope initiatives like today’s tutoring investment are just the beginning of the collective work needed to improve support for students who battle education disadvantage every day.”
The Tutor Network (TTN) co-founder Belinda Harries also welcomed today’s announcement and said TTN would be keen to work with Victoria’s Department of Education and Training on shared interests to support students who are experiencing education disadvantage.
“TTN is rolling out tutoring in an evidence-based way with impact assessment to ensure efforts and investments not only help students catch up, but also enhance their learning engagement in the longer term.”