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VET Delivered: public consultation

The Department of Education and Training is seeking feedback from all stakeholders on a draft set of VET certificates and opportunities to improve access to VET Delivered to School Students. There’s a Discussion Paper and an online questionnaire inviting your responses and comments. The consultation period closes on Friday 5 November. Read more on Engage

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Scholarships for Victorian students

There’s a range of scholarships available for eligible Victorian students from Grade 4 to Year 12. Applications are now open for 2022. Scholarships are payments to help you with the cost of your child’s education. They are provided by various government and non-government organisations. They’re generally offered based on: financial need or difficulties your child’s

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Return to school: PV media comment

(For the official ‘roadmap’ on return to the classroom, see the Victorian Coronavirus website.) Geelong Advertiser, 28 September The Geelong Advertiser published an article about uncertainty in regional areas about whether students will return to school in Term 4. According to the article, “Geelong school students are in limbo and desperate to know if they will head

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PV2021 Conference: Recipes for Great Schools

The Parents Victoria Annual Conference will take place online this year, on Monday 11 October. Our theme this year is “Recipes for Great Schools“. Program 10:00am – Conference Opening and address by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education & Minister for Mental Health, James Merlino. 10:30 am – Caring through Connection with Dr Elspeth Stephenson, University of Tasmania 12:30am – Parents

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Staged return to schools: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun reported today on how the staged return to the classroom will work for Victorian school students. PV Executive Office Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said some parents would be relieved “and others would’ve hoped for more students to be onsite sooner than later, but unfortunately the virus is the determinant”. She said

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School levies are voluntary

As reported recently in the Age, Education Department guidelines for schools have been ‘refreshed’ to give schools and families clarity and transparency about payments. Schools can continue to seek voluntary financial contributions towards classroom materials, educational programs and operating expenses, and invite parents to buy educational items on a user-pays basis. But the guidelines make

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Remote learning incentives: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun reported today that a Melton secondary school is using retail and movie vouchers as incentives to improve remote learning engagement. According to the article, “Kurunjang Secondary College is putting the names of senior students attending for 75 per cent or more of class time in draws to win.” PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is

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Vaccinations give hope: PV media comment

A recent article in the Age focuses on COVID vaccinations for school-aged children. Titled ‘Our only way out’: Families relieved about vaccinations for children, the article gives responses from parents and other groups. Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said schools were an important conduit of government health advice, on vaccines and

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Return to the classroom: PV media comment

Most parents are keen to get their children back to on-site learning at school. But there’s also concern about the spread of COVID-19, especially the impact of the Delta strain on children. This report, from the ABC’s AM program, features: Gail McHardy, Executive Officer, Parents Victoria Correna Haythorpe, President, Australian Education Union Craig Peterson, President, NSW Secondary

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Rapid antigen testing in schools: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun published an article yesterday under the headline, “Rapid antigen Covid-19 testing can keep kids in school, experts say”. The article explores the use of rapid antigen testing in schools overseas, and quotes experts in support of the method being used in Victorian schools. PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail

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