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School-assessed Tasks professional learning

Professional learning sessions for School-assessed Tasks will be held during February and March 2017. These full-day sessions are designed to provide teachers with a clear understanding of how to apply the assessment criteria and descriptors for the School-assessed Task in the relevant study.

Each session will have a practical component, during which assessment criteria will be applied using sample student work. Teachers of Media and Visual Communication Design are encouraged to bring a student folio they think would be suitable for marking, although there is no guarantee that their folio will be used in any assessment exercise. Teachers should ensure that folios are labelled with teacher details and students cannot be identified.

All teachers will be required to bring a copy of the relevant study design. Teachers of Art and Studio Arts are required to bring a laptop. Due to a high number of registrations for Studio Arts there is an additional session on Wednesday 22 February.

Sessions will be held at the VCAA Assessment Centre in Coburg, except Algorithmics (HESS), which will be held at 41 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne. Further details about the professional learning sessions will be emailed to registered teachers closer to session dates, which are listed on the online registration form.

For teachers who are unable to attend the scheduled sessions, a web conferencing activity will run for all SAT studies except Algorithmics (HESS). Please indicate on the registration form if you are unable to attend a scheduled session and an invitation containing details of the web conferencing activity will be emailed. All dates for the web conference sessions are also listed on the online registration form.

For further information, please contact Julia Quagliani, VCE Curriculum, VCAA: quagliani.julia.j@edumail.vic.gov.au or (03) 9032 1729.

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VCE Extended Investigation professional learning

Schools delivering VCE Extended Investigation in 2017 are invited to attend a professional learning day on Thursday 2 March 2017.

Sessions will provide information and advice about the role of supervising teachers and school oversight responsibilities, practical preparation for the Critical Thinking Test and the Externally-assessed Tasks and the opportunity to network with other schools delivering the study and hear about their experiences.

The professional learning day runs from 9.00am to 3.10pm at Dialogue (50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne).

Schools are invited to send up to two representatives. The VCAA recommends that all VCE Extended Investigation supervising teachers attend. CRT grants are available. Please register your attendance by Thursday 16 February 2017.

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VCE VET Scored Assessment Workshops

A series of professional development workshops for assessors of scored programs (school and RTO-based) will be held in March 2017. Please refer to the VET Section of this Bulletin for further information.

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VCE School Leaders Briefings 2017

The VCAA encourages members of your school's VCE leadership team to attend an important professional development opportunity that will be offered at eight venues in February and March 2017. Full details are available on the VCAA Professional Development webpage.

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Analysing your school's VCE results

The VCAA invites you to attend, from late February to the end of March 2017, a valuable professional development session on analysing your school's VCE results. These sessions are for school staff responsible for the delivery of the VCE. They will increase your knowledge and skills in using the VCE assessment results to:

  • identify strengths and weaknesses in your school's VCE performance against particular curricula
  • inform professional learning discussions with fellow teachers around improving student outcomes.

Full details are available on the VCAA Professional Development webpage.