TLI – Tutor Learning Initiative

The Tutor Learning Initiative (TLI) is designed to support students whose learning had been disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Initiative commenced in 2021 and has continued to be delivered in 2023.


The TLI enables schools across Victoria to engage qualified teachers to work with small groups of students and support their learning at their individual point of need. The initiative is consistent with Australian and international evidence, which shows that small group tutoring is one of the most effective educational interventions available to support students to progress in their learning.


At Thomas Mitchell Primary School, Tutoring plays an important role in our school’s teaching and learning program. The TLI is delivered by Tara Purdy and Rebecca Williams. They predominantly work with small groups of up to 5 students at a time to deliver targeted extension and catch-up learning activities. Students are selected for the TLI program through regular analysis of achievement data. Students enter the program with specific goals relating to their current performance in English and/or Mathematics and their progress is monitored over time. It is structured on differentiation, personalisation and student-centred learning. Tutoring sessions complement the regular curriculum and support the lessons taking place in the classroom.