Labor's Tutoring Initiative Failure Lets Down Students

Liberal Party Victoria

Victorian students' educational outcomes continue to languish under Labor as a scathing new report finds the largest single targeted learning initiative in Victoria's history has failed to improve learning outcomes.

Labor's $1.2 billion Tutor Learning Initiative funds schools to employ tutors to deliver targeted small group learning to support students most at need.

Despite this significant investment, theVictorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) report into the Effectiveness of the Tutor Learning Initiative has found;

  • The initiative did not significantly improve students' learning compared to similar non-tutored students.
  • Many schools' tutoring practices in 2023 were not fully effective, not well targeted and not well enough connected to students' classroom learning and particular learning needs.
  • The Department of Education has had the information it needs to improve delivery of the initiative, but has failed to do so.

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood and Education, Jess Wilson, said: "This report makes clear Labor's Tutor Learning Initiative is yet another example of an education investment failing to deliver greater learning outcomes.

"It simply defies belief that students have nothing to show for Labor's $1.2 billion Tutor Learning Initiative - with the Auditor-General finding that students who received tutoring learnt less than those who did not receive tutoring.

"Worse still, the Department has failed to take action to improve the delivery of this program despite having all the information it needed to do so.

"The Minister for Education must explain the incompetent management of this program and why a $1.2 billion investment in student learning has resulted in no meaningful improvements at a time that learning outcomes are already at record lows.

"Labor cannot manage money, cannot manage our education system and Victorian students are paying the price."

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