New tutors start at Manly schools

Local students play catch-up

MANLY students are catching up on their education post pandemic, with 18 dedicated tutors starting at local primary and high schools this term.

The new tutors are part of the state government's $337 million COVID catch-up tuition program for NSW public schools, aimed at improving the deficits caused by seven weeks of remote learning last year. Tests show that in this time students fell three to four months behind in key areas such as numeracy and reading.

A spokesperson for Manly MP James Griffin said it was a "great opportunity for students to catch up after the disruptions last year ... Schools are using the flexibility to deliver programs in a way that helps their students."

The additional support is tailored by schools using data from last year's Check-in Assessments and the knowledge of classroom teachers, with 5417 tutors employed across the state. "This means no matter where a school is in NSW or how many students they have, they can provide a tutoring program which works for their students," Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said. "More than 3200 of the tutors delivering the program are in regional, rural and remote schools."

Schools can hire tutors themselves or choose from a pool of educators - including teachers or university students - who have been registered in their area. Registrations are still open for educators interested in taking part at education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/covid-learning-support-program

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