Every single public school student on the Central Coast will soon have access to free tutoring under the NSW Government’s COVID Intensive Learning Support Program.
The $377M program was announced in the 2020-21 state budget and is designed to improve education outcomes and engagement amongst students who may be struggling in the classroom, with the government now actively recruiting eligible tutors.
University tutors, students undertaking their final year of university study and casual and retired teachers can all apply to take part in the free tuition program.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, is encouraging all locals who fit the bill to apply.
“For the first time ever, students at every public school on the Central Coast will receive free tutoring in 2021,” Crouch said.
“2020 has been an incredibly difficult and disruptive year, particularly for our students who had to ‘learn from home’ for seven weeks due to COVID-19.
“The NSW Government wants to ensure that students can better engage in their schooling and improve educational outcomes.”
Crouch said that more than 8,000 people had already expressed interest in taking part in the free tuition program.
“To deliver this small group teaching, up to 5,500 additional staff will be hired by the NSW Government,” Crouch said.
“Not only will the tuition support our students in their education, it will also provide unprecedented job opportunities for tutors and teachers who may be short of work,” Crouch said.