For people who live in the outback, interstate or an area where there are no local tutors, SPELD SA offers online tutoring. Online tutoring takes place in real-time between a tutor and an individual student. Online tutoring can be provided to students from 7 years of age.

Tutor information


Application Forms

SPELD SA Online Tutoring


Tutors on the SPELD SA register have current SA teacher registration or other relevant qualifications, and a minimum of two years’ experience supporting children with literacy and/or numeracy acquisition. In addition, they have received specialist training through SPELD SA in the methods of teaching children and adults with specific learning difficulties. Tutors create individual programs and lessons to meet their students’ needs.

Equipment/support needed

You will need:

  • A computer
  • An internet connection
  • Speakers and microphone or headphones with a microphone
  • Access to a printer and scanner to assist with loading and printing homework or tasks (not essential but helpful)

Our trained tutors will help parents with the initial setup of the online room. A parent must be present with the student during online tutoring lessons, to support the student and provide problem solving assistance when there are technical difficulties.

Application for a Tutor

If you would like SPELD SA to arrange a tutor  please complete and return the Tutor Allocation Forms to the SPELD SA office email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Tutor Manager will review and match the student with a suitable Tutor. Once tutoring has commenced, a member of the SPELD SA admin team will be in touch to arrange payment.  The process may take up to 2 weeks from receipt of your form.

If you have any concerns, once tutoring has commenced, please do not hesitate to discuss these, in the first instance, with your tutor and then with SPELD SA.

Send forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via post to SPELD SA, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington SA 5068


This is a private contractual agreement between you and the tutor. Fees are payable to the tutor in advance, in blocks of 10. The method of payment is negotiated with the tutor.


Most tutors set homework designed to consolidate the work done during the tutorial session. This usually involves 10 to 15 minutes practice, for example, in reading, phonics or spelling 5 times a week. Tutoring does mean an extra workload on top of the student’s normal school homework and negotiation may be needed with your child’s school to ensure that they are not overloaded.

SPELD SA Online Tutoring


To maximise the benefits of tuition, it is important for parents to be involved and supportive. There is no magic wand or “quick fix”, however your tutor will be fully committed to helping the student to overcome their identified learning difficulties. Any information that can be provided to the tutor upon commencement will help the tutor plan a suitable program. Background information, including psychological assessments, speech pathologist/audiology reports, work samples, school reports, tests and observations will assist the tutor in building a picture of the student’s abilities and needs.

Reporting and Feedback

Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s progress on a regular basis, either after the lesson, if time and circumstances permit, or by telephone. Tutors provide a written report twice yearly, a copy of which is given to SPELD SA by the tutor.

Features of online tutoring

  • It saves travel time.
  • Your child works in the comfort and security of your home.
  • In some cases online tutoring can be conducted during school time.
  • Our virtual classroom application lets your child and teacher speak naturally to each other and work through lessons together using a shared whiteboard.
  • You can keep the same tutor if you relocate within the state, interstate or even overseas.
  • Technical support provided by trained tutors


Tutor allocation fee: $110 ($35 for current members). A one-time allocation fee paid to SPELD SA, which includes membership to SPELD SA for one year. To view membership entitlements, click here.

Tutor session fee: $75 (from Jan 1, 2020) per 1 hour lesson is negotiated and paid directly to the tutor in advance.

Clients pay their own internet costs.

Application for a Tutor

Tutor Allocation Form for Children

Tutor Allocation Form for Adults

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SPELD SA would like to acknowledge the support of the Douglas Whiting Trust in the development of this website.

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