Firth review into Senior Secondary Education
As you would be aware, we are in a time of massive change in the senior secondary education space. In late 2020 the Victorian Government accepted the recommendations of the Review into vocational and applied learning pathways in senior secondary schooling (Firth Review).
The Firth Review found that high-quality vocational and applied learning programs are already supporting some students to achieve excellent outcomes and be as prepared as they can be for their post-school lives.
However, the Firth Review found that we need to do more to make vocational and applied learning in schools high quality, highly regarded, relevant to the needs of students and employers, and available to all. Firth argued major changes are needed to make sure all Victorian secondary students have greater access to high quality vocational training that meets their strengths and interests, leads them into further training and education, and a great job.
To support the development and implementation of these recommendations, the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority are establishing a series of working groups and an advisory panel.
Our CEO Andrew Cameron has accepted an invitation to participate as a member of the VETDSS Reforms Delivery Working Group. The VETDSS Reforms Delivery Working Group will focus on VET system issues in relation to the delivery of VET Delivered to Secondary Students within and outside of schools.
This is good for our Cluster and for you as members because through Andrew, your voice can be heard and you will have the opportunity to help shape the future of vocational education for secondary students.
The intent of the Firth reforms is overwhelmingly positive but how the reforms are implemented will be critical. IMVC will need adapt in response to the reforms to best meet your needs moving forward. In the interim IMVC is rapidly digitising its operations to improve its readiness for a period of major change commencing in 2022.
Andrew is planning to host a roundtable conversation with those interested to discuss the reforms in October. To join the roundtable or for an ad hoc conversation re the reforms, please contact Andrew at [email protected].
For more information about senior secondary certificate reform work in progress, support for schools, community consultation and engagement, and existing Department programs, visit Senior secondary schooling pathway reformsFor information on arrangements to transition to the new certificate, visit the VCAA website.