eVALA October 2020    VALA

In this issue

1. From the VCAA

  • Nominations for the 2020 VCAL Achievement Awards are open
  • New VASS Screens for Entry of 2020 Consideration of Educational Disadvantage data

2. From the Department of Education and Training

  • Career planning – Lesson plans and webinars for students (including VCE and VCAL students) and school staff

3. VCDE symposium – Partnerships to sustain and support the teaching profession

4. Working from home, feeding the kids – live on YouTube!

1. From the VCAA

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Notice to Schools 150/2020 – 14 October 2020

Nominations for the 2020 VCAL Achievement Awards are open

The awards, first held in 2003, recognise the extraordinary achievements of VCAL students, teachers and partners.

Nominations are sought for exceptional student, teacher and VCAL partner achievements. Nomination forms and award categories for the VCAL Achievement Awards can be accessed via the VCAL Achievement Awards webpage.

The achievements of 2019 VCAL Achievement Award recipients in the student, teacher and partner categories are also detailed on the VCAA website.

Friday 20 November 2020 – Nominations close at 5.00pm


Notice to Schools 145/2020 – 6 October 2020

New VASS Screens for Entry of 2020 Consideration of Educational Disadvantage data

The VCAA sent a letter to Principals yesterday detailing the implementation of Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED). If your Principal did not receive the letter, please contact the VCAA: vcaa@education.vic.gov.au.

A range of new screens are available on VASS to facilitate entry of CED data from Monday 5 October 2020.

The CED process requires schools to enter expected scores and expected grades for all students enrolled in one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3–4 sequences in 2020.

For these students, expected scores and expected grades need to be entered against all graded assessments for all studies the student is undertaking.

2. From the Department of Education and Training

Career planning – Lesson plans and webinars for students (including VCE and VCAL students) and school staff

The Department of Education and Training is providing lesson plans and a series of webinars throughout Term 4 to help schools make career planning a priority.

The lesson plans for students in Years 7-12 will focus on key aspects of career planning at each year level, for example understanding labour market data, post-school options, subject selections, applying for work, preparing for workplace learning and planning transitions.

Lesson plans for VCE and VCAL students focus on:

  • What’s next for me? – building student confidence in career planning by assisting with identifying future career directions and supporting student awareness of the range of pathway opportunities available.
  • Getting ready for work – signposting the steps involved in job seeking and securing work.
  • Applying for a job – reviewing the steps in applying for a job and practising job interview techniques.

The lesson plans for VCE and VCAL students are now available on FUSE at https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/careersandpathways. Lesson plans for Years 7-10 will be finalised by 12 October.

Professional development will also be offered to students, careers practitioners and other relevant government school staff (including VCAL teachers and coordinators) via a series of webinars over October – December. Webinars will be run by Mark McCrindle (social researcher) and Ivan Neville (National Skills Commission), and will be tailored to each audience and will include tips on how students can prepare for the world of work in the post COVID- 19 environment.

Please note: For the 5 student sessions only:

The student sessions are for government school students only. Government school staff are to complete the appropriate Registration Form/s located on the respective webinar web page https://arc.educationapps.vic.gov.au/eventhub/providers/CareersDET and forward to career.education@education.vic.gov.au The Career Education Unit will email you to confirm your registration and provide information for you to pass on to students to join the webinar/s at the appropriate time.

The Career Education Association of Victoria will run webinars throughout October and November for careers practitioners and other relevant school staff (including VCAL teachers and coordinators) to support usage of the lesson plans.

For further information, please contact career.education@education.vic.gov.au

3. VCDE symposium – Partnerships to sustain and support the teaching profession

Victorian Council of Deans Symposium (VCDE) – Hon. Minister James Merlino Presenting

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Victoria)

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cost: Free of charge

For more information and registration https://webinars.on24.com/latrobeuni/vcde2020

4. Working from home (Collins St, Melb), feeding the kids – all live on YouTube!

Yep, we’re each dealing with our own little nest in different ways …

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