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Learning support programs help students from migrant and refugee backgrounds to thrive.


Learning Beyond the Bell

Our team is available to support you online. You can find online resources below or contact the Education team.

Across Victoria, Learning Beyond the Bell (LBB) supports over 365 out-of-school-hours learning support programs (OSHLSP). These programs provide high quality tuition and learning support to children and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and their families. They also assist families to better support their children’s learning at home.

Often called Homework Clubs, they are actually much broader in their range of activities and methods of support than that term implies. Programs cover a range of models including Homework Clubs, Family Learning Clubs and peer-to-peer learning approaches. The clubs are focused on both learning and wellbeing outcomes. Find a club near you.

What can CMY provide?

Consultation and advice on:

  • Designing and starting an OSHLSP
  • Program management and delivery
  • Policies and procedures
  • Monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Sustainability strategies
  • Funding opportunities and grant applications
  • Program partnership opportunities
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Working with refugee and migrant students and their families

Networking and information sharing

  • Regular e-newsletters and OSHLSP sector updates
  • Networking and collegial support for coordinators
  • Referral to other learning support or youth services
  • Sector specific resources and publications
  • Online map of OSHLSP across Victoria
  • Tip sheets, templates and resources

Training and professional development

  • Free training for OSHLSP run by community, school or religious organisations
  • Targeted modules designed specifically for OSHLSP coordinators and volunteers
  • Sessions available online and face-to-face
  • Book a tailored session, or sign up to scheduled training
  • Self-paced, e-learning modules available at any time

Resources for learning support programs

Our Learning Beyond the Bell team publishes a wide range of tip sheets, samples and templates for both Coordinators and Volunteers. Contact us if you can’t find what you’re looking for, and we’ll be happy to help.

Refugee Journeys into Victorian Schools

This e-learning module explores the settlement and education experiences of students from a refugee background. It will identify some of the challenges that arise while settling in Australia and engaging in education. It is a resource for people supporting the education of students from a refugee background.

e-Learning Resource: Refugee Journeys into Victorian Schools

Tips for Tutors Video Series

A five-part video series of tips and strategies for volunteer tutors.

Tips for Tutors

Volunteer with a learning support program

Volunteers play an important role in Out-of-School-Hours Learning Support Programs. They tutor students in literacy, numeracy and study skills, and help to build confidence, self-esteem and feelings of connection to their school and wider community.

If you are interested in volunteering in a learning support program, please contact the club directly. Find a club near you.