The program increases the ongoing support for students’ education after a disruptive school year.
The government is employing up to 5500 additional staff to deliver small-group teaching at every NSW Government school, as well as non-government schools with the most significant levels of need.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said people in NSW are working hard to recover from the pandemic, and the government is committed to ensuring students’ educational outcomes continue to improve in 2021.
“2020 has been a tough year, particularly for our students and teachers who did an incredible job despite a disrupted year that included seven weeks of remote learning due to COVID-19, and in some areas that came on top of bushfires and floods,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The Department of Education will support schools to identify students who would benefit the most from this intensive support, tailoring it to their requirements.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell today called for educators across the state to express their interest in being part of this historic effort
including; casual and retired teachers, final year teaching students, and university tutors including PhD candidates who are already teaching undergraduate classes at university.
“We know that learning for many students stagnated during the pandemic and tuition in small groups will help re-engage our students in their schooling,” Ms Mitchell said.
“This program is designed to have maximum impact on student outcomes, because small-group tuition rapidly accelerates student learning.”
Key features of the COVID learning support package include:
- $306 million to provide small-group tuition for eligible students across every NSW Government school – primary, secondary and Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs)
- $31 million for non-government schools with the greatest levels of need to provide small-group tuition
- The program will begin in Term 1, 2021 and run throughout the school year.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the program would see a boost in employment for casual and part-time teachers and university tutors.
“This program will not only support our students in their education but will also provide unprecedented employment opportunities for qualified teachers and university tutors who may be short on work,” Mr Perrottet said.
“We will also make sure our rural and remote school leaders can access the expert additional staff members they need to implement the program successfully,” Ms Mitchell added.
The COVID intensive learning support program is the latest measure in the NSW Government’s strategy to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes and ensure that every school and every student can improve every year.
People interested in taking part can lodge their interest online.