eVALA June 2020 No2    VALA

In this issue

  1. From the CEO
  2. DATTA VIC & VALA VET Applied Fashion Network webinar
  3. Links to important VCAA information:
  • Revised 2020 administrative dates
  • Structured Workplace Recognition

4. The Future of Education – McCrindle report, webinar recording and presentation slides

Helene Rooks VALA1. From the CEO

Dear Colleagues!

As this challenging term draws to a close, we want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and effort it has taken to keep your students engaged in their learning. You have performed at least 2 double back flips with pike this term, and with the reintroduction of some restrictions over the weekend it is fair to say that we have an un-beaconed future ahead. To give some insight into how the future of education may play out, please find the most recent report from McCrindle.

Whilst we were not able to hold our annual conference as scheduled last week, we are working on the online delivery for this later in the year.

In the meantime, we kept fiercely advocating for VCAL and applied learning with our varied stakeholders, fielding many member enquiries and are updating resources.

Unlike the last term break, which wasn’t one, we wish you a well-deserved rest over the next few weeks.

Stay well, stay in touch and we look forward to continue to journey with you next term.

With respect.

Helene Rooks

2. Webinar: VET Applied Fashion Network

Textiles workshop

When: Tuesday 28th July 2020

Where: Delivered via webinar – meeting link provided on booking

Cost: Free, but bookings are essential


  • Are you a Textiles teacher who is interested in VET Applied Fashion?
  • Do you already teach VET Applied Fashion but would benefit from a network where you could share ideas and issues?
  • Are you running a VCAL project that involves Fashion or textiles?
  • Are you interested in offering more opportunities in vocational education at your school?

DATTA Vic, VALA and the Ripponlea Institute have come together to support educators delivering the VET program MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design & Technology in schools.

Join us for the first network meeting, where participants will:

  • Discover the partnership programs delivered by Ripponlea Institute – both for students taking VET in Schools and also in Cert IV Training and Assessment for educators
  • Learn about how VET Fashion contributes to the VCE and VCAL programs, as well as future pathways
  • Get a picture of the course and what students learn
  • Have the opportunity to contribute to the development of this network in the future

Further Information:

Ripponlea Institute – VCAL Credits: Units of Competency MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

VCE VET Applied Fashion Design & Technology Program Guide

3. From the VCAA

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Notice to Schools 79/2020 – 18 June 2020

Revised 2020 administrative dates and assessment schedule

Important administrative dates for the remainder of the 2020 school academic year have been revised in response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on school delivery of this year’s VCE and VCAL programs.

A revised 2020 assessment schedule has also been developed.


Structured Workplace Learning Recognition

We previously advised schools that, in 2020, students can access Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Recognition with reduced exposure to a workplace. It should also be noted that students can access credit even if their total enrolment in the related VET certificate does not reach 180 hours in 2020. We have determined that where a student is enrolled in and undertaking a related VET certificate for the duration of the school year, this is sufficient to qualify for SWL Recognition.

Schools need to make a judgement in assessing students that they have undertaken sufficient training and been exposed to sufficient time in a workplace to be able to respond to the reflection questions in their Workplace Learning Record.

School-based Apprentices and Trainees are able to access two credits where they have been engaged for the majority of the year in training and employment. Students commencing in second semester will be able to access one credit.

For additional information on SWL as well as information on other “Changes to Student Learning” visit the DET website https://education.vic.gov.au/school/Pages/coronavirus_schools_student_learning.aspx

McCrindle logo4. The Future of Education – McCrindle report

The Future of Education 2020 report summarises the key trends affecting the education sector, to equip school leaders and teachers for strategic decision making.

The purpose of this research is to:

  • Provide a greater understanding of students within the classroom
  • Explore wellbeing and community within schools
  • Give insight into sentiment around post-school pathways
  • Understand educators experience of working in the education sector

Watch the recording

Download the 2020 Future of Education report

Download the presentation slides