Changes to student learning

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

Education Ministers have decided that NAPLAN testing will not proceed for 2020. Read the Education Council announcement from 20 March

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

From 5 August 2020, all students studying VCE and VCAL (including VET secondary school students) moved to remote and flexible learning, in all schools across the government, Catholic and independent sectors in both metropolitan and regional areas unless it is for mandatory assessment and it is not reasonably practicable for those assessments to be undertaken from the premises. 

This includes year 10 students undertaking VET studies as part of the VCE or VCAL. 

VCE exams

VCE written exams will begin on Monday 9 November. Exams will be completed by Wednesday 2 December, allowing ATAR scores to be calculated and VCE and VCAL students to get their results before the end of 2020.

Stay up to date with advice from the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority on changes to 2020 exams and assessments, read: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for schools and educators

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Government is providing an additional $2.4 million in vocational education and training (VET) ‘Catch Up’ funding to cover extra costs for students to complete applied VET studies in Term 4 that cannot be met within the school’s current VET budget, and where a student’s learning has been interrupted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For more information, read: Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning support during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Vocational education, training, apprenticeships and work placements

Students undertaking school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) including Head Start apprentices and trainees (HSATs) may continue their employment in permitted industries or workplaces that can continue to operate within reduced capacity through the Stage 4 restrictions and Stage 3 restrictions.

Read training and work placements during coronavirus (COVID-19) for more information including advice for schools about flexible arrangements to support vocational education and training (VET).

Structured workplace learning and work experience

In metropolitan Melbourne, all SWL, as well as work experience, should be deferred until Stage 4 restrictions have eased.

In regional and rural Victoria, where Stage 3 restrictions are in place, all SWL, as well as work experience, can proceed in line with advice provided.

For more information, read: Structured workplace learning (SWL) and work experience during coronavirus (COVID-19)