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I’m a school principal – how do I find out more about the Tutor Learning initiative?

You must liaise with the Department of Education and Training (DET)

You may be required to provide a list of your preferred candidate(s) to VIT at teachertutor@vit.vic.edu.au. This will enable VIT to prioritise applications for teachers with tutoring roles. 

What professional learning is recommended / available for tutors?

The VIT recognises some individuals who are registered as permission to teach (PTT) (Teacher Tutor) have been out of the profession for a number of years. The Department of Education and Training (DET) has advised that schools and tutors will be supported through a professional learning program tailored to delivering high quality small group tutoring.  

Applicants for PTT (Teacher Tutor) must complete 20 hours of professional learning aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) during 2021, including completing professional learning on the following topics 

Some resources to support your professional learning in these areas can be found below. 

Mandatory reporting 

Working with learners with special needs 

Child safe standards 

Ensure you speak with your school leadership team to discuss how the child safe standards are implemented in your school. 

You may also wish to consider the following activities 

  • what principles of the Code the case study relates to; and 

  • what steps you can take to ensure your conduct aligns with the expectations on the Code 

  • read the Code and have a professional discussion with your colleague(s) about how you ensure your conduct aligns with the expectations on the Code. 

Can I use my tutoring experience as the basis for my Inquiry and application for (full) registration?

No. The circumstances of working as a tutor are not the same as a registered teacher and as such, tutors usually do not require VIT registration. While the Victorian Government's Tutor Learning Initiative requires tutors to hold registration, the work within this initiative is variable and not reflective of a normal classroom context. 

Will the tutoring count towards professional practice requirements?

To maintain consistent requirements that teachers must meet and maintain professional standards and to minimise unintended policy implications, VIT has considered whether small group tutoring can contribute to professional practice

  • While small group tutoring will not allow provisionally registered teachers (PRTs) to demonstrate all of the standards required to demonstrate proficiency of practice, they can use their experience as a tutor to count towards their required 80 days of teaching for an application for (full) teacher registration. Demonstration of all of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) at the proficient teacher level will be evidenced by VIT’s Inquiry process for graduate and returning teachers. 
     
    Please note: PRTs cannot use their tutoring experience as the basis for an application for (full) registration. The circumstances of working as a tutor are not the same as a registered teacher and as such, tutors usually do not require VIT registration. While the Victorian Government's Tutor Learning Initiative requires tutors to hold registration, the work within this initiative is variable and not reflective of a normal classroom context. 

  • (Fully) registered teachers (including those with a returning to teach requirement can use small group tutoring to demonstrate recency of practice (a requirement of annual renewal). As these teachers with (full) registration have previously demonstrated proficiency and maintained professional practice requirements, the manner in which they can maintain recency of practice is more flexible than the requirements for provisionally registered teachers. 

  • Holders of permission to teach (PTT) (Teacher Tutor) can use small group tutoring to contribute to recency of practice (i.e. 80 days teaching in the past five years) requirements for immediate (full) teacher registration applications. 

Who can tutor students?

Only those who have registered with the Department of Education and Training (DET) for the Tutor Learning initiative will be permitted. This includes VIT registered teachers, those who hold permission to teach (PTT) (Teacher Tutor) and pre-service teachers. 

What type of registration will I be eligible for?

If you previously held (full) registration or provisional registration and you meet the all current requirements, you can apply for the same registration type that you previously held. 

If you previously held teacher registration and you are unable to meet all the current requirements, you can apply for permission to teach (PTT) (Teacher Tutor) which will enable you to use your registration for the purposes of the Victorian Government’s Tutor Learning initiative only and for the duration of the initiative only (i.e. until 31 December 2021). 

If you currently hold or previously held permission to teach (PTT) and you are unable to meet all the current requirements, you can apply for PTT (Teacher Tutor) which will enable you to use your registration for the purposes of the Victorian Government’s Tutor Learning initiative only and for the duration of the initiative only (i.e. until 31 December 2021). 

The employing school will initiate the process with VIT. Once we receive confirmation that you have been offered a position, you will be able to apply for PTT (Teacher Tutor) through your MyVIT account

You will be assessed in accordance with the requirements of PTT (Teacher Tutor), English language competence, and suitability – including Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and overseas criminal record check (CRC) as applicable. 

PTT (Teacher Tutor) will be granted until 31 December 2021 to undertake small group tutoring in any Victorian school only. 

Can pre-service teachers gain VIT registration for the purposes of the Tutor Learning initiative?

No. All pre-service teachers must liaise with their initial teacher providers and register directly with the Department of Education and Training (DET).  

Can current or previously registered teachers from another Australian state / territory or New Zealand apply for the Tutor Learning initiative?

If you meet current VIT registration requirements (including a minimum of four years of tertiary education), you can apply for teacher registration – (full) registration or provisional registration

Can previous holders of permission to teach (PTT) apply for the Tutor Learning initiative?

If you previously held permission to teach (PTT) and you are unable to meet all the current requirements, you can apply for PTT (Teacher Tutor) which will enable you to use your registration for the purposes of the Victorian Government’s Tutor Learning initiative only and for the one-year duration of the initiative only (i.e. until 31 December 2021). 

The employing school will initiate the process with VIT. Once we receive confirmation that you have been offered a position, you will be able to apply for PTT (Teacher Tutor) through your MyVIT account

You will be assessed in accordance with the requirements of PTT (Teacher Tutor), English language competence, and suitability – including Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and overseas criminal record check (CRC) as applicable. 

PTT (Teacher Tutor) will be granted until 31 December 2021 to undertake small group tutoring in any Victorian school only. 

Can teachers from the TAFE and university sector apply for the Tutor Learning initiative?

No. TAFE and university teachers are excluded from the initiative. Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, only registered teachers or holders of permission to teach (PTT) are able to undertake the duties of a teacher in Victorian schools. 

Can early childhood teacher / education support staff apply for the Tutor Learning initiative?

No. Early childhood teacher / education support staff are excluded from the initiative. Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, only registered teachers or holders of permission to teach (PTT) are able to undertake the duties of a teacher in Victorian schools. 

How much is the application fee?

Standard application fees will apply – initial registration fee and Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) fees apply. Visit the fee section of our website for more information. 

How long will the process take?

Applications can take up to six weeks for VIT to assess. The VIT completes a rigorous assessment of an applicant’s qualification for registration, including suitability to teach. The VIT is required to undertake a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) on your behalf. This can take time to be returned to VIT, at which time, your application will be assessed for your suitability to teach. Assessment of suitability to teach includes consideration of criminal history, professional history, impairments, reportable conduct, and Working with Children (WWC) exclusions and interim exclusions (previously known as negative and interim negative notice) from Working with Children Check Victoria (WWCCV)

If you haven't done so already, please confirm your eligibility and register your interest in participating in the Tutor Learning initiative with the Department of Education and Training (DET)

Individual schools will be responsible for recruiting their tutors, based on student learning requirements.  If you are a preferred candidate, you will need to contact VIT regarding your options for registration. 

You may wish to wait for advice from a school on whether you are a preferred candidate before submitting your application for registration. 

How can I apply / re-apply for teacher registration / permission to teach (PTT)?

There are a number of options available, however you will first need to set up a new MyVIT account, as we have implemented a new teacher registration system. Once you have set up a new account, your previous registration details and registration number will become available. 

  1. If you can meet all the current requirements for teacher registration, you should apply for (full) registration or provisional registration

  1. If you cannot meet all the current requirements for teacher registration, you can apply for a new permission to teach (PTT) (Teacher Tutor) category. The employing school will need to initiate the process with VIT. Once we receive confirmation that you have been offered a position, you will be able to apply for PTT (Teacher Tutor) through your MyVIT account.  

You will be assessed in accordance with the requirements of PTT (Teacher Tutor), English language competence, and suitability – including Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and overseas criminal record check (CRC) as applicable. 

 

PTT (Teacher Tutor) will be granted until 31 December 2021 to undertake small group tutoring in any Victorian school only. Please note that if you are a pre-service teacher, you will not be eligible for PTT (Teacher Tutor), however you can be engaged as an education support staff member and perform the duties of a tutor under direct supervision. 

Proving your identity and suitability to teach 

The VIT’s key function is to provide for the safety and wellbeing of children by ensuring only qualified and suitable persons are teaching Victorian learners. Suitability to teach means determining whether a person is fit to teach and whether a person is physically or mentally able to teach. The VIT must assess whether the character, reputation and conduct of a person are such that a person should be allowed to teach in a school / early childhood service. 

You will be required to provide evidence that proves your identity as well as give consent so VIT can undertake a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) on your behalf. We may carry out other criminal record checks from time to time.   

Declaring physical and / or mental health conditions 

You need to declare any condition(s) that may affect your ability to undertake the duties of a teacher. 

Overseas criminal record check (CRC) 

If you were over the age of 18 and lived continuously in any country other than Australia for 12 months within the last 10 years, you will need to provide a certified copy of a police certificate issued by the national police service in the country you lived in. Please refer to Australian Department of Home Affairs for accepted overseas CRCs. 

What if I pay to become registered and then cannot get a tutoring position?

If you choose to register before being recommended as a preferred candidate from a school, you can apply for other teaching positions and use your teacher registration in lieu of a Working with Children (WWC) clearance (previously known as a Working with Children Check or WWCC) for child-related work (other than teaching).  

Please note that application fees are non-refundable. 

How do I get a tutoring position?

You must register directly with the Department of Education and Training (DET), at which time you will be provided with information regarding employment opportunities. 

Individual schools will be responsible for recruiting their tutors, based on student learning requirements. If you are a preferred candidate, you will need to contact VIT regarding your options for registration. 

You may wish to wait for advice from a school on whether you are a preferred candidate before submitting your application for registration.