Future of Secondary Schooling

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  • #1948

    Nina VicSRC Staff

    What’s right about the current model of secondary schooling? What’s not working? What are some ways the government could improve the delivery and design?

    Share your ideas here!

  • #1964


    Is it just me, or is there way too much to get through in the school year? Theirs a whole curriculum that has been set for all year levels, but I find that theirs just not enough time if they wanted us to complete the whole curriculum. It’s one of the big reasons why a majority of schools don’t tick certain parts of the curriculum off, such as Civics and Citizenship, or they just through a bunch of subjects together and make it one very big one.

  • #1972


    Although there are quite a few flaws in the current education system, such as there being a large amount of content that is often rushed due to the inadequate amount of time (as James stated above), but there are positives too. I personally have enjoyed the continuous involvement of applying what we learnt in class to the real world, not only in math but in so many subjects, such as science, geography and history etc. There’s also a constant loop of feedback that really benefits the learning of students, but of course in previous years we have done that too.

  • #1979

    Nina VicSRC Staff

    Thanks for the replies! @The Positive Blossom, great to hear your school is doing such great work. Would you feel comfortable emailing us so we can find out more about your school as a case study for good practice? Thanks!

  • #2087

    Nina VicSRC Staff

    The Victorian Government is making changes to the General Assessment Test (GAT). From 2021 students will get a statement for employers to ‘prove’ their literacy and numeracy when applying for a job or if your boss asks for it.


    “Explicit reporting of literacy and numeracy attainment will be introduced from 2021 to provide school leavers with clear and explicit information of their literacy and numeracy attainment.” (DET website, accessed 11/09/2019, https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/english/Pages/litnumstrategy.aspx)

    VCAL and VCE students will both take the test and receive a statement to say whether they’ve ‘demonstrated’ or ‘exceeded’ literacy and numeracy standards.

    The Minister for Education also proposed linking year 9 NAPLAN scores to a report linked to VCE results:

    “He has proposed the creation of a new proficiency certificate tied to year 9 students’ NAPLAN results, which would reveal their proficiency in numeracy and literacy to would-be employers.” https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/link-year-9-naplan-results-to-jobs-to-boost-performance-minister-says-20190827-p52lcf.html

    What do you think of these changes and proposed changes to secondary school assessments?

    What will the impact be?

    We want to hear your thoughts!


    • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  comms queen.
  • #2662


    I think it is interesting that employers will ask for GAT literacy and numeracy test results. I agree that it can be a good way to see students’ general abilities. But the only disadvantage I see is that it adds more stress to students with VCE subjects and some students may not do as well because of the circumstances on the day of the testing (e.g. they might have a headache or the classroom may be loud) so perhaps if instead of one big test they did more (e.g. task-based) mini-tests it would be a fairer option?

  • #3205


    I strongly agree with James and ThePositiveBlossom;

    My own opinion would also be that the current VCE curriculum is much too stressful and jam packed to be helpful or healthy for students. I think that students should be examined on the application of knowledge; not the knowledge itself, and that currently we place too much emphasis on getting the ;correct; answer when we should be looking at the meaning, thinking or working out behind it. The main problem is the rushed, pressure filled content that is crammed into too short a space of time.

  • #3394


    Yeah, I agree with James, The PositiveBloom, Dariarioreo and Bee.

    I think the idea in theory sounds great. However, leaving all the results to one day, is a huge added pressure for VCE students. Exams are already stressful enough. Also they are not considering what might be occurring at home, some students are young carers, students are living in a home with family violence, and more. I think our education needs to think of new ways of testing kids whilst still having the current methods in place too. It would be great if there was a way for students to create a student profile, something that records their community involvement, work experience, even life skills like cooking, street smarts, etc. I don’t think we should just be testing academia, many students are more practical and find the current system doesn’t suit them. I believe we need to be focusing on all the students skills not just academia. There isn’t just one kind of smart.

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