Schools showcase benefits from one-off grants as nominations for the next round close soon
Schools across rural and regional Victoria are improving the scope and quality of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subject offerings through the VCE Collaboration Fund.
The one-off $40,000 grants are available to support partnerships where at least one school is a government school in a rural or regional area.
But schools had better be quick – applications for the final round of funding close on Wednesday 31 March.
Schools successful in receiving funding in previous rounds – such as those below – haven't let distance stand in the way of working together to improve the VCE experience for their students.
Robinvale College and Manangatang P-12 College
Robinvale College and Manangatang P-12 College are partnership colleges located 56 kilometres apart in rural Victoria about 500 kilometres from Melbourne.
The two colleges have successfully used funding to:
- create a VCE collaboration coordinator position across both schools
- cover travel costs for students and staff to travel between sites
- provide information and communications technology and equipment including Promethean boards, science equipment, virtual display accessories and timetabling software
- enable students to see the benefits of online learning.
Physics, Maths Methods, Psychology and Biology are now offered in blended mode across both colleges for VCE students, which would not have been possible without the funding.
Southern Ocean Road Alliance
Apollo Bay P-12, Lorne P-12 and Lavers Hill P-12 Colleges are all along the iconic Great Ocean Road.
The three schools have used the VCE Collaboration Fund to collaboratively plan and deliver VCE classes, professional learning and undertake moderation activities. This includes resources and building capacity to undertake these activities remotely.
The funding enabled each school to purchase a second Cisco WebEx board and training to use them. It has also allowed teachers to hold several sessions simultaneously across the schools.
This has improved efficiency and removed the challenge of driving long distances to neighbouring schools for planning, professional learning and moderation activities.
Apollo Bay College principal Tiffany Holt said the funding had ensured 'all students would have a classroom teacher for every lesson no matter which school they belonged to'.
'It also provided the flexibility for the teacher to travel between schools and then teach back to their base school, so all students were also able to have a real life teacher (not just one on the screen) on as many occasions as possible.'
How to apply
Schools can find out more about the application process and how to apply, at the VCE Collaboration Fund web page. Applications close Wednesday 31 March.
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