Our flagship week-long Rural Program sends volunteers to disadvantaged rural primary schools in Australia to mentor and tutor students one-on-one in knowledge gaps.
Volunteers are recruited and trained
Tutors are mobilised to schools across WA and NSW
Students are provided with 1-to-1 tutoring
Engagement with the community
The Education Gap
Each student is paired with their very own tutor for the week, who they see twice a day for tutoring. In these sessions they participate in interactive maths activities tailored to their learning, often outside, as well as working with any learning difficulties. Together with their tutor the student works towards a mathematics outcome which their teacher has identified as an area that they are struggling in.
Tutors are paired one-on-one with three students each across Years 1 to 6, who they see for two periods every day each during the week. During these sessions tutors conduct tailored, self-planned activities in an Australian Curriculum mathematics outcome which they aren't grasping vital concepts in. In the afternoons, volunteers may attend community events or visits and spend time planning for their next day's tutoring of their students together. Each school-specific program is managed by a pair of coordinators, who support the tutors at the school and liaise with the school to organise the program logistics.
Our schools accommodate our volunteers in their timetable so tutors can visit each classroom of students everyday between teaching classes, and allow us to use their teaching resources. We visit schools based on our own criteria modelled on the Gonski Report's findings about the factors of disadvantage. These include the ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) scores of schools, level of remoteness, as well as their Indigenous student percentage.