COVID Tutoring

Key Points

  • In 2020, the NSW Government announced a one-off funding support for schools to deliver intensive tuition for those students who have been disadvantaged by the move to remote and/or flexible learning.
  • The purpose of the COVID Intensive Learning Support program is to deliver intensive small group tuition for students with the greatest need in 2021.
  • The school has begun delivering this program. This news post details what is involved and the arrangements and communication about the program at Gymea.

COVID Intensive Learning Program

In November 2020, the NSW Government announced a one-off funding support for department schools to deliver targeted, intensive tuition for students who have been disadvantaged by the move to remote and/or flexible learning.

The purpose of the COVID Intensive Learning Support program is to deliver intensive small group tuition for students with the greatest need in 2021.

The COVID Intensive Learning Support program is for the 2021 school year and provides additional support to identified students.

COVID ILSP – Our approach

What is involved?

  • Each cycle, students meet with their COVID Intensive Learning Program Tutor.
  • Students are withdrawn from classes to attend the tutoring sessions in a small group.
  • During Tutoring Sessions, students focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills as identified in the Skillup program or other data such as NAPLAN, HSC Minimum Standards testing or with teacher identified focus areas.
  • The tutor will also provide assistance with follow up and reflection of formative homework tasks, assessments and other homework.

How are students identified?

  • The logistics in running such a program in the school requires various models of withdrawal and student identification. It is difficult to meet the demands of the timetable and flexibility on periods students are withdrawn.
  • Parents have the option to withdraw their son or daughter from the program if identified.
  • Identification is based on a few factors drawn together that include low performance, under achieving performance and students at all levels who have been identified by teachers as benefiting to strive higher to their potential who may have been impacted by the disruptions of COVID.

Is my son or daughter involved?

  • The program will run in 5 cycles throughout the year to provide access across the school. The department envisage that the funding should allow us to provide tuition support to around 200 students.
  • Students involved in the current cycle have been informed through personalised emails sent home to families and to the student with students also briefed here at school.

How do I know what has been covered during tutoring?

We are currently looking at how we monitor student engagement and activity during these sessions and the best way to communicate that home.

Further questions about COVID tutoring.

If you have any questions about COVID tutoring and your child please phone or email the school asking to be directed to the respective Deputy Principal.

Years 7, 9, 11 – Mrs Edwards

Years 8. 10, 12 – Mrs Koukoutaris

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