The IEU welcomes the tutoring program for disadvantaged students, and we support the involvement of teachers at every stage.
Members may have seen in the media in late November last year a decision by the NSW Government to provide $337 million in special funding for both government and non-government schools to offer tutors for children disadvantaged because of the disruption to their schooling caused by COVID-19. Funding guidelines are expected to be finalised in coming days.
The funding will cover a 12-month period and can be used at any time from Term 1 to Term 4 2021. Learning support will be provided to small groups of between two and five students. Both primary and secondary schools are included in the scheme.
Of the total NSW funding of $300 million, Catholic schools will receive about $20 million and some independent schools may also be eligible. Schools will be eligible if they have more than 15 percent of students in the lowest socio-economic quartile.
The union understands that 252 Catholic systemic schools will receive funding – about 45 percent of all systemic schools in NSW. Each school will then determine which students receive the assistance, focusing on the lowest socio-economic quartile.