Update for parents of VCE Students

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Parent Engagement in Curriculum – Update for parents of children in VCE

As parents of children undertaking VCE, VET/VCAL no doubt you may have questions about what will happen if your child is unable to complete some of their requirements this year due to several lockdowns and continued uncertainty in how many more times we will need to move to remote learning. 

CSPV received advice from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority as to updates for children who are currently studying VCE.

This update is based on the advice provided by VCAA and relates to the following:

  • General Achievement Test (GAT)
  • Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED)
  • Results release date
  • VET/VCAL update

General Achievement Test (GAT)

Following the extension of the lockdown across metropolitan Melbourne VCAA continue to work with the Department of Education and Training along with the Department of Health on a rescheduled date for students to sit the GAT. Further updates on the date of the test will be provided once schools return from remote learning.

Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED)

The process used in 2020 will be applied for students undertaking VCE and scored VCE/VET Unit 3/4 programs in 2021. Schools will continue to provide school-based assessment scores and grades according to published dates.

Schools will provide students with opportunity to let teachers know of any significant disadvantage experienced as a result of the pandemic through an optional student statement.

We encourage parents to work in partnership with the school as they assess the impact on each student consistent with guidelines they have been provided by VCAA. Once the school has assessed the case they will provide additional information for all students in all studies.

  • An expected score for each school based assessment at graded assessment level – this is the score the student would have been expected to achieve if their learning program had not been significantly impacted, and
  • An expected grade for each external assessment at graded assessment level – this is the grade the student would have been expected to achieve if their learning program had not been significantly impacted.

We encourage you to be patient with the school and work with them to understand this process and what it means for your child. Schools are being advised regularly by VCAA on how to manage this process. 

VCAA are confident that continuing to apply the process used in 2020 means that all students will be treated with fairness and equity.

2021 Results release date

The Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process and the additional required analysis from VCE and VCAL results release dates is now 16th December 2021. This change has been made in consultation with VTAC to ensure that students who are applying for higher education courses through VTAC will not be disadvantaged. This also ensures the 2021 results are released before the end of school term 4.

VET/VCAL update

It has been a challenging year for VCAL/VET students once again. It is the role of the school to monitor students who are at risk of not meeting the requirements of VCAL. If you have any concerns, please speak with your school VCAL/VET co-ordinator to find out if your child is at risk and how you may support them to meet their requirements.

Schools are responsible for working with RTOs to monitor current results to determine any actions that may need to be taken. 

Where required, teachers of VCAL units have been encouraged to conduct assessments remotely or where community, work or group based activities were to be part of the learning program, to develop alternative assessment activities where required.

Students undertaking Workplace Learning Recognition aligned to their VET can continue their reflections where the total workplace time is less than 80 hours and/or their training enrolment will be less than the 180 hours normally required.

Further advice will become available on the following soon:

  • VCAL Special consideration
  • Adjustments to VCE/VET scored assessment where a third and final task requiring practical assessment is unable to be completed
  • The provision of VET unspecified credit where VCE or VCAL students in their final year are unable to complete the required hours and units of competency to satisfy the VCE or VCAL.

We encourage you to ask questions related to any of these topics that are relevant to your child so you are able to support them through the final weeks of their learning this year.

For any further information, visit the VCAA website or contact CSPV if you are unsure of where to find information you need.  

Parent Engagement in Child Safety  – How are Catholic schools keeping your children safe?

Earlier this year we surveyed parents about what they would like to see addressed in Catholic schools. Under parent engagement in child safety parents responded by sharing they would like to understand how children are being taught about child safety in Catholic learning communities.

Catholic schools have responded positively and proactively to Ministerial Order No 870, by updating and further developing child safety related policies, procedures and strategies. Child safety policies and commitments must also be lived in practice and be responsive to emerging issues, child safety risks and practice.

Every person in Catholic education recognises that it is an ongoing process. Creating cultural change and embedding child-safe practices in all dimensions of school life requires planning, continuous review and commitment from the whole school community.

The school leadership and governing authority are responsible for ensuring there are systems and processes for regular reviews and refinement of school strategies, allocation of appropriate resources so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in the everyday practice of school leaders, teaching and non-teaching staff, clergy and volunteers.

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