A SUCCESSFUL tutor program that has assisted students during the pandemic will continue into 2022, thanks to state government funding.
Victorian schools will receive a further $230 million for tutors next year to help students who have fallen behind in their learning in the pandemic or who are at risk of disengaging from school altogether.
Minister for Education James Merlino said the funding will extend the single biggest boost to individual learning support in the state's history.
Students who struggled most during the pandemic included those with low levels of English, those already at risk of disengaging from school, or those with home environments not conducive to online learning.
Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards welcomed the funding boost which will see central Victorian schools retain a number of tutors.
"We're making sure every child in Central Victoria is given the support they need to succeed at school," Ms Edwards said.
Schools are responsible for employing their tutors based on the needs of their students, with tutors offering a range of expertise, experience and support to the students who need it most.
Tutors work in small groups to provide tailored support for identified students who need assistance to catch up - regardless of their circumstances or background.
The extra support for onsite tutors in 2022 will also ensure teaching teams can continue to provide dedicated and individualised support for students who need help.
Small schools will also see their funding allocation increased from a minimum of $15,000 to $25,000 per school - allowing them to hire more support for their students after the challenges of 2021.
Individual schools will continue to determine how tutoring support is best implemented in their school, ensuring the program is tailored to the needs of each student - with a focus on ensuring all students have caught up on key skills in numeracy and literacy.
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