Kip McGrath has been selected as a tutoring provider under the NSW Government’s $330m initiative designed to remediate students who have fallen behind due to COVID restrictions.
Our service complements the outstanding work done by NSW schools and teachers under very challenging circumstances.
About this initiative
“OECD research shows about two in five Australian students do not meet the Australian proficiency standard in reading and mathematics by the time they are 15. Small-group tuition –can add, on average, an extra four months of learning over a year, helping many students catch up.”Tackling under-achievement: Why Australia should embed high-quality small-group tuition in schools. 2023 Report by the Grattan Institute
The NSW Department of Education has committed funding for subsidised tutoring in NSW Schools to support students whose learning was disrupted by COVID-19. This initiative is designed to build literacy, numeracy skills and learning confidence for students in Years 1 to 12.
All NSW State Schools are eligible to participate in this Government-funded program. There is no additional cost to schools to participate. All tutoring places are fully funded by the NSW Government.
Why do students need tutoring? How does it work?
- According to a recent report on tutoring by the Grattan Institute, approximately two in five Australian students do not meet the Australian proficiency standard in reading and mathematics by the time they are 15.
- Disadvantaged children tend to start school well behind their advantaged peers, and the gap only gets wider with every year of schooling.
- Grattan Institute analysis of 2022 NAPLAN data shows the learning gap more than doubles in reading and numeracy between Year 3 and Year 9.
- Small-group tuition –– can add, on average, an extra four months of learning over a year, helping many students catch up.
- If one in five students received high-quality small-group tuition in 2023, they could collectively earn an extra $6 billion over their lifetimes.
What subjects and years are covered?
- The Kip McGrath curriculum aligns with the NSW Curriculum and covers all aspects of English and mathematics students are expected to learn during their educational journey.
- Students undertake an initial assessment to determine the year level at which they’re currently working and to identify any learning gaps.
- Students can start anywhere within the program at exactly the level suited to their current ability and knowledge, and progress at their own pace.
- Kip McGrath tutors communicate directly with classroom teachers, providing them with regular updates on the progress made toward the student’s learning goal.
Where do the tutoring sessions take place?
- Catchup, remedial and specialist Mathematics and English programs for Years 1 to 12.
Why Kip McGrath?
- There are 36 Kip McGrath centres across NSW ready to support schools and students with quality face-to-face lessons or online learning in real-time.
- Lessons can be delivered to students in the format that suits your students’ requirements, using Kip McGrath’s purpose-built tutoring platform:
- At school during school hours
- Online during school hours
- In your nearest Kip McGrath Centre during or after school hours
- Online from the comfort and convenience of the student’s home
- All tutoring sessions at Kip McGrath, whether online or face-to-face, use a blended learning approach, with a mixture of computer and written activities guided by a qualified teacher.
- Students also have a mixture of one-to-one time with the tutor and independent learning to build their confidence as independent learners.
- The flexible modes of delivery enable students to build a consistent relationship with the same tutor every week and make it easier for students to commit to their enhanced learning support program.
How does my school get started?
- Kip McGrath has been tutoring students for more than 47 years and is the largest provider of professional tutoring for primary and high school students in Australia.
- All our professional tutors are required to have a teaching degree. Many have taught within the NSW school system and have current NESA accreditation.
- Tutoring programs are personalised for each student. Students commence the program at exactly the level suited to their current ability and knowledge, and progress at their own pace.
- Kip McGrath offers real-time face-to-face, online and hybrid tutoring programs.
- For more information on accessing funds for this program, please log into the Department of Education’s Intranet and visit the Covid Intensive Learning Support page
- Contact Lorraine Read and ask for a “Request for Support” form to be emailed. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kip McGrath will then provide a program proposal specific to your school’s requirements and issue a service agreement.
- Please contact Lorraine Read for more information on setting up this program for your school at email@example.com or contact your local Kip McGrath Centre.
We combine our traditional teaching models with the latest technology and convenience. Resources are in line with the national curriculum.
Each student is assessed to determine their learning level and a personalised program is created specific to each child's skills and abilities.
Kip McGrath tutors communicate directly with classroom teachers and provide regular updates on the progress made toward the student’s learning goal.