Funding is available for schools across Victoria to form partnerships that broaden their current VCE subject offerings for rural and regional students.
Applications for round three open on Monday 2 March and close on Thursday 30 April 2020.
Who can apply
Funding is available to support partnerships between schools from all sectors where at least one school is a government school in a regional or rural area.
New and existing inter-school partnerships are eligible to submit an expression of interest (EOI) provided they demonstrate a capacity to expand VCE subject choice and improve quality beyond the current arrangements.
Funding will be provided to each VCE partnership for up to one year, noting that partnerships are expected to be sustainable beyond the funding period.
Applications from schools involved in more than one partnership will be considered on merit.
Round three applications open on Monday 2 March 2020 and close on Thursday 30 April 2020. An additional round is scheduled for 2021 (date to be confirmed).
Information on how to apply will be available in Term 1, 2020.
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.
Funding is intended to cover costs such as (but not limited to):
- time release for teachers to design and/or support shared arrangements (e.g. initial meetings to establish relationships and agree on the aims and protocols of the partnership, cross-school timetabling, assessment and reporting)
- hiring a facilitator to build the partnership and nurture collaborative expertise
- one-off establishment costs, such as the preparation of shared-use agreements
- purchase of equipment to support collaboration/sharing of resources (e.g. additional servers, software and other supports for virtual learning, etc.)
- professional learning.
Government schools should align their partnership activities to their Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) priorities and their Annual Implementation Plan.
VCE subjects can be delivered collaboratively, either face-to-face, virtually or through a blended approach.
A one-off grant of up to $40,000 will be available to each successful school partnership.
A total of $1.24 million over four years will support approximately 100 schools to increase the number of VCE subjects available in partner schools.
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
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.
- 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.
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