Teach For Australia (TFA) has launched The Tutor Network, to provide free resources, training and support for tutors and schools.
Becuise of COVID-19 Australian governments have responded by announcing nearly $600 million to engage around 10,000 tutors to help students catch up and The Tutor Network wants to support high quality programs that deliver maximum benefits for students.
Partners supporting The Tutor Network include Swinburne University, Maths Pathway, Curio, Berry Street Education Model, Maths Teacher Circles and La Trobe University.
“Quality is key when it comes tutoring success, and we want to help ensure this investment of money and time delivers for students who need it most,” TFA CEO Melodie Potts Rosevear said.
“Research and experience, both here in Australia and overseas, shows tutoring in small groups is most effective when embedded within schools and aligned to learning objectives identified by the teachers who know their students’ needs.”
Via The Tutor Network online portal, schools and tutors can access free training, guides, templates and other evidence-based resources that have been provided by subject matter specialists and expert practitioners.
“We have a critical window to help students who fell behind during the COVID-19 disruptions and, with this unprecedented level of investment, we also have a unique chance to see how structured small group in-school tutoring can complement classroom lessons in the longer term,” Potts Rosevear said.
The Tutor Network is a new public service initiative for TFA, a not-for-profit organisation that helps tackle educational inequity by recruiting and developing outstanding teachers and leaders for schools that serve low socio-economic communities.
Tutors and schools can download The Tutor Network’s free resources and access training modules at www.thetutornetwork.org.au