Round 5 will open for applications on 24 February for schools across Victoria to form partnerships that broaden their current VCE subject offerings for rural and regional students.
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 5 applications:
- Open: Wednesday 24 February 2021
- Close: 5pm Wednesday 31 March 2021
Schools will be notified of outcomes in June 2021.
How to apply
To apply, complete all sections of the expression of interest form which can be found in the
2021 VCE Collaboration Fund (round five) guidelines (docx - 119kb).
Applications must be made using Microsoft Word and adhere to the word limit for each criterion. Each school in the partnership is expected to contribute to the joint application.
Submit completed applications to
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 (for example, 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 (for example, additional servers, software and other supports for virtual learning)
- 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. 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.
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.
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.
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