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


Learning Beyond the Bell

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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.

MY Education Awards 2021

The MY Education Awards recognise excellence in the learning support sector. The Awards showcase outstanding contributions Out-of-School-Hours Learning Support Programs make to the learning and engagement of students from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Victoria.

Nominations are now open.

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

NEW online training module: Running Your OSHLSP

  • This module has everything a coordinator of an OSHLSP needs to know about designing a new program, managing the various components, engaging the community, and extending a program. Each of the sections has short courses on topics such as volunteer management, developing partnerships, child safety, fundraising, and more. The module is designed to easily browse for what you need, or go through the whole module in one sitting. It’s perfect for new and experienced coordinators alike, and even for volunteers who would like to deepen their knowledge in these areas.

Find out more about training and professional development.

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 of learning support programs.

Visit our Resources page.

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.