Department program

VCE Collaboration Fund

Program Overview

As part of the Victorian Government's commitment to expand VCE provision for students in rural and regional Victoria, the VCE Collaboration Fund is supporting schools to establish partnerships to broaden VCE subject choice and the quality of offerings for these students.  

A total of $1.24 million over four years has been available to support school partnerships, where at least one school is a government school in a rural or regional area, to increase the number of VCE subjects available in partner schools.  

Round 5 has concluded with another four successful school partnerships receiving a one-off grant of up to $40,000. 

Use of funds

Successful schools can use the funds to set up collaborative partnerships that allow the sharing of resources, timetabling, knowledge and expertise to provide classes for students.

Successful schools have used the funding in a variety of ways:

  • Investment in IT equipment and other supports for virtual learning;
  • Employment of a facilitator/coordinator for the program to build the partnership and nurture collaborative expertise;
  • Investment in professional learning with expert presenters to help build teacher capability;
  • Teacher time release for collaboration to support shared arrangements, planning, school timetabling, attend partner school meetings, assessment and reporting;
  • Upskilling teachers in online teaching and learning;
  • Travel costs for students and staff to move between partner schools;
  • Sharing of resources, knowledge and expertise as well as one-off establishment costs, such as the preparation of shared-use agreements.  

School partnerships have increased the quality and quantity of VCE subject offerings via a delivery mode of face-to-face, virtually or through a blended approach.

VCE partnerships

Round one

The following school partnerships are receiving funding in the first round:

  • Charlton College, Wycheproof P–12 College, Donald High School and St Arnaud Secondary College

This funding will support an expansion of the partner schools’ blended approach to VCE delivery through the establishment of teacher moderation groups and the purchase of an additional small room Cisco Webex kit.

  • Boort District School, Pyramid Hill College, Wedderburn P–12 College and East Loddon P–12 College

This school partnership will use the funding to focus on upskilling staff in virtual delivery approaches, supported through the purchase of additional Cisco Webex equipment.

  • Birchip P–12 School, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, Murtoa College and Hopetoun P–12 College

The schools in this partnership will identify ‘exemplar’ teachers from each school to deliver specific VCE subjects via virtual and face-to-face delivery, and staff will be given time release to better coordinate timetables and student support.

  • Ouyen College, Murrayville College, Werrimull College, Manangatang College and Robinvale College

These schools will engage a facilitator to establish a cluster-wide approach to VCE delivery, which will include cluster-wide master classes and student days. Teachers will undertake professional learning and develop curriculum materials accessible to students and teachers via a cluster-wide portal.

  • Ararat College, Nhill College and Goroke P–12 College

Through this partnership, VCE teachers will work with virtual learning and pedagogical coaches, and participate in peer observation. Virtual delivery will be expanded through additional Cisco Webex equipment.

  • Horsham College, Stawell Secondary College and Warracknabeal Secondary College

The funding will be used to upskill teachers in virtual delivery of VCE subjects, including through a pedagogical coach and purchase of additional Cisco Webex equipment

Round two

The following school partnerships are receiving funding in the second round:

  • Orbost Secondary College, Cann River P-12 College, Mallacoota P-12 College and Swifts Creek P-12 School

Funding will be used for a project officer to lead the development of shared classes and professional learning for teachers.

  • Ballarat High School, Beaufort Secondary College, Daylesford College, Mount Clear College, Mount Rowan Secondary College, Phoenix Community College and Woodman’s Hill Secondary College

This partnership will use the funding to provide master classes in VCE subjects, professional learning for teachers, time release for teachers and after-school study groups. Master classes will provide support and collaborative learning opportunities for students, including those studying the subject through Virtual School Victoria. Further information can be found in the Central Highlands Case Study.

  • Cobden Technical School and Timboon P-12 School

Funding will be used for a partnership facilitator, time release for teachers, video conferencing units and professional learning for teachers.

  • Lorne P-12 College, Apollo Bay P-12 College and Laver’s Hill K-12 College

This partnership will use the funding for a video conferencing unit, time release for teachers for marking moderation and shared curriculum provision.

  • Myrtleford P-12 School, Mount Beauty Secondary College, Beechworth Secondary College and Tallangatta Secondary College

Funding will be used for time release for teachers, professional learning for teachers, one-off partnership establishment costs.

  • Robinvale College and Manangatang P-12 College

This partnership will extend offerings in blended delivery beyond those offered in their Round One partnership. Funding will be used for time release for partnership coordinator and subject teachers, video conferencing equipment and travel support for students.

  • Bendigo South East College, Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Crusoe College, Weeroona College and Eaglehawk Secondary College

Funding will be used for time release for teachers, professional development for teachers, including delivery of early start VCE subjects for teachers at the 7-10 colleges, and the establishment of student groups.

  • Rochester Secondary College, Keilor Downs Secondary College

This partnership will use the funding for a partnership facilitator, time release for teachers, IT equipment, resources and travel and accommodation.

Round three

The following school partnerships are receiving funding in the third round:

  • Mildura Senior College, Irymple Secondary College, Merbein P-10 College, Red Cliffs Secondary College and Chaffey Secondary College

Funding will be used to employ a Communities of Practice Coordinator to work with all schools to make it feasible for students to attend VCE and VET classes in other cluster schools and to facilitate professional learning to increase capability of teachers to offer VCE subjects, including as early start subjects.

  • Korumburra Secondary College, Wonthaggi Secondary College, Foster Secondary College and Mirboo North Secondary College

Funding will be used for salary and CRT to establish the partnership which will offer virtual delivery of small cohort VCE subjects, along with face to face master classes and professional learning.

  • Swan Hill College and St Mary Mackillop College, Swan Hill

Funding will be used for a sustainable transport solution and improved timetable coordination so students can attend a greater range of VCE subjects at both schools, as well as purchasing equipment and professional learning.

Round four

The following school partnerships are receiving funding in the fourth round:

  • Murtoa College, Baimbridge College, Mortlake P-12 (SWVR)

Funding will be used to deliver nine new VCE subjects across the partnership in 2021. The funding will cover the cost of releasing teachers to adequately respond to the increased demands of adapting content and delivering these VCE subjects virtually.

  • Wodonga Senior Secondary College/Mansfield Secondary College (NEVR)

Funding will be used to offer Indonesian language and improve VCE language teacher quality as well establishing an afterschool study group and masterclass. Funding will be used for time release, CRT, resources, and PD for teachers.

  • Rochester Secondary College, Echuca College, Kyabram P-12 College, Rushworth P-12 College (NWVR)

Funding will explore the viability of offering English Literature, Legal Studies and Specialist Maths across the partnership. Further consideration and investigation into other subjects will continue. based on student need. It is anticipated that strengthening an existing Community of Practice (CoP), collaboration, moderation and sharing of best practice will improve the quality of teaching across the four schools. Funding will be used to appoint leaders to coordinate the CoP, time allowance, professional development and access to resources.

  • Murrayville Community College, Ouyen P-12 College, Werrimull P-12 College (NWVR)

Funding will be used to offer a greater breadth of curriculum to students by delivering at least seven subjects through a blended learning model including Year 12 History (Revolutions), English, Further Maths, Health and Human Development, Chemistry, Biology and Physical Education. Funding will be used for travel, virtual conferencing hardware, teacher PD and CRT.

  • Kurnai College and Yarram Secondary College (SEVR)

Funding will be used to undertake an analysis to determine feasibility and sustainability of access to English literature through a blended learning approach in 2021 with the aim to deliver the subject in 2022. Funding will be used to employ a facilitator.

  • Myrtleford P-12 College, Mt Beauty Secondary College, Beechworth Secondary College, Tallangatta Secondary College, Bright P-12 College and Marian College (NEVR)

Funding will be used to strengthen VCE subject teacher networks and skills, support new and/or inexperienced VCE teachers, improve administration of VCE and delivery of programs and increase access to additional subjects typically attracting small cohorts of students at each school that would be unlikely to run but can now be offered by another school within the cluster. Funding will be used for professional development and teacher release.

Round five

The following school partnerships are receiving funding in the fifth round:

  • Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College and North Geelong Secondary College (SWVR)

Funding will be used to provide students at MFGSC and NGSC with the opportunity to study Extended Investigation (EI). The introduction for students to a broad range of research methods and design processes will enable students to develop skills that are transferable to any higher education/vocational course and help them to experience a successful transition to the tertiary sector.

  • Mildura Senior College, Red Cliffs Secondary College, Merbein P-10 College, Irymple Secondary College (NWVR)  

Funding will be used for an independent Communities of Practice co-ordinator for the Mildura Secondary Schools Alliance (MSSA) as well as professional development for middle leaders, time release for teachers to undertake PL and opportunities to explore shared VCE provision in specialist maths, drama and theatre studies.

  • Gisborne Secondary College and Kyneton High School (NWVR)

Funding will be used to explore the possibility of schools sharing VCE specialist subjects of Dance, Drama and Media. Funding will be used to provide teacher time release to enable schools to plan how the shared classes will operate. Funding will also be used to establish a domain-based CoP model so specialist teachers can collaborate.

  • Emerald Secondary College and Neerim District Secondary College (NEVR/SEVR)  

Funding will be used for schools to collaborate and develop an online teaching and learning program for Media, specifically units 1 & 2. The Year 12 Media teacher at Emerald SC will lead this initiative and funding will be used for teacher time release to develop resources and the platform of delivery. 

Contact us

For all enquiries relating to the VCE Collaboration Fund contact us on (03) 7022 0422 or by email at vce.collaboration.fund@education.vic.gov.au.