VPC Podcast Series - Vocational Subjects v Academic Subjects with Kathryn Taylor

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Kathryn has been awarded a Career Management Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship from The Teachers Guild of NSW for her work in education and with educational leaders encompassing consultation, educational programs and student workshops through her company Turning Point Consulting. Her commitment is to support individuals in identifying and developing themselves through motivation and engagement. Kathryn partners with schools and educational institutions, educators, students, parents and aligned associations that creates a platform for positive career evaluation, planning and transition. Presenting with both educational encompassing departments, independent and catholic systems, Kathryn has corporate experience across a range of sectors as well as over 18 years expertise in human resources, talent management and career development. With this expertise, Kathryn provides an insight to link education and expectations of the changing workforce.


Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - Subject selection conversations with Kathryn Taylor

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Kathryn has been awarded a Career Management Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship from The Teachers Guild of NSW for her work in education and with educational leaders encompassing consultation, educational programs and student workshops through her company Turning Point Consulting. Her commitment is to support individuals in identifying and developing themselves through motivation and engagement. Kathryn partners with schools and educational institutions, educators, students, parents and aligned associations that creates a platform for positive career evaluation, planning and transition. Presenting with both educational encompassing departments, independent and catholic systems, Kathryn has corporate experience across a range of sectors as well as over 18 years expertise in human resources, talent management and career development. With this expertise, Kathryn provides an insight to link education and expectations of the changing workforce.


Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - Career Planning Conversations with Kathryn Taylor

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Kathryn has been awarded a Career Management Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship from The Teachers Guild of NSW for her work in education and with educational leaders encompassing consultation, educational programs and student workshops through her company Turning Point Consulting. Her commitment is to support individuals in identifying and developing themselves through motivation and engagement. Kathryn partners with schools and educational institutions, educators, students, parents and aligned associations that creates a platform for positive career evaluation, planning and transition. Presenting with both educational encompassing departments, independent and catholic systems, Kathryn has corporate experience across a range of sectors as well as over 18 years expertise in human resources, talent management and career development. With this expertise, Kathryn provides an insight to link education and expectations of the changing workforce.


Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - Changing nature of work with Kathryn Taylor

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Kathryn has been awarded a Career Management Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship from The Teachers Guild of NSW for her work in education and with educational leaders encompassing consultation, educational programs and student workshops through her company Turning Point Consulting. Her commitment is to support individuals in identifying and developing themselves through motivation and engagement. Kathryn partners with schools and educational institutions, educators, students, parents and aligned associations that creates a platform for positive career evaluation, planning and transition. Presenting with both educational encompassing departments, independent and catholic systems, Kathryn has corporate experience across a range of sectors as well as over 18 years expertise in human resources, talent management and career development. With this expertise, Kathryn provides an insight to link education and expectations of the changing workforce.

Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - Useful Tech with Martine Oglethorpe

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Martine is a parent educator, and qualified youth and family counsellor at the Modern Parent. She speaks, writes and consults on the challenges faced by families in the modern world. With a background in secondary teaching she presents workshops to parents and teachers on parenting in the modern world, cyber safety and living with technology. Martine also helps families and youth with private consultations.She has  presented to numerous school, community and corporate groups as well as individuals struggling with the challenges of technology and the online world. Martine is passionate about helping parents embrace the positive aspects of the cyber world whilst minimising the risks, in order to be the most relevant and important teacher and supporter for their children.


Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - Managing Screen Time with Martine Oglethorpe

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Martine is a parent educator, and qualified youth and family counsellor at the Modern Parent. She speaks, writes and consults on the challenges faced by families in the modern world. With a background in secondary teaching she presents workshops to parents and teachers on parenting in the modern world, cyber safety and living with technology. Martine also helps families and youth with private consultations.She has  presented to numerous school, community and corporate groups as well as individuals struggling with the challenges of technology and the online world. Martine is passionate about helping parents embrace the positive aspects of the cyber world whilst minimising the risks, in order to be the most relevant and important teacher and supporter for their children.


Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - "Should we be banning technology?" with Martine Oglethorpe

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Martine is a parent educator, and qualified youth and family counsellor at the Modern Parent. She speaks, writes and consults on the challenges faced by families in the modern world. With a background in secondary teaching she presents workshops to parents and teachers on parenting in the modern world, cyber safety and living with technology. Martine also helps families and youth with private consultations.She has  presented to numerous school, community and corporate groups as well as individuals struggling with the challenges of technology and the online world. Martine is passionate about helping parents embrace the positive aspects of the cyber world whilst minimising the risks, in order to be the most relevant and important teacher and supporter for their children.


Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - Gaming with Martine Oglethorpe

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Martine is a parent educator, and qualified youth and family counsellor at the Modern Parent. She speaks, writes and consults on the challenges faced by families in the modern world. With a background in secondary teaching she presents workshops to parents and teachers on parenting in the modern world, cyber safety and living with technology. Martine also helps families and youth with private consultations.She has  presented to numerous school, community and corporate groups as well as individuals struggling with the challenges of technology and the online world. Martine is passionate about helping parents embrace the positive aspects of the cyber world whilst minimising the risks, in order to be the most relevant and important teacher and supporter for their children.

Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - Negotiating Individual Education Plans with Dr Kate Jacobs

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Dr Kate Jacobs (B.A., Post.Grad.Dip.Psych., PhD/M.Psych., MAPS, MCEDP) is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist. In 2013 she was awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the best PhD thesis for the year in the Education Faculty at Monash University. In addition to working as a university lecturer and researcher, Kate is the founder, director and principal psychologist at Raise the Bar Psychology, a psychology clinic based in Moorabbin (with rooms also in Collingwood). Raise the Bar Psychology provides comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for students experiencing learning difficulties; with the goal being to provide individualised and targeted support to enable the student to reach their academic potential. Kate has travelled extensively around Australia presenting professional development workshops to parents, teachers, psychologists and other allied health professionals on identifying and supporting students with learning difficulties

Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Podcast Series - A Framework for creating a Support Programme for Students with Dr Kate Jacobs

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Dr Kate Jacobs (B.A., Post.Grad.Dip.Psych., PhD/M.Psych., MAPS, MCEDP) is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist. In 2013 she was awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the best PhD thesis for the year in the Education Faculty at Monash University. In addition to working as a university lecturer and researcher, Kate is the founder, director and principal psychologist at Raise the Bar Psychology, a psychology clinic based in Moorabbin (with rooms also in Collingwood). Raise the Bar Psychology provides comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for students experiencing learning difficulties; with the goal being to provide individualised and targeted support to enable the student to reach their academic potential. Kate has travelled extensively around Australia presenting professional development workshops to parents, teachers, psychologists and other allied health professionals on identifying and supporting students with learning difficulties

Music: "Sunny" www.bensound.com


VPC Parent Podcast Series - Podcasts Transition to School

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Wendy Eves has extensive experience as an educator, and has worked across a variety of educational settings including Early Childhood Intervention, K-6 and Adult Education in Government, Catholic and Community sectors. 

She has developed and presented workshops for teachers and parents focussed on the early years and most specifically on the transition to school. She has developed a number of transition to school resources for both teachers and parents. 

She is passionate about supporting children and families, particularly in the early years, in order to ensure more positive long term outcomes. She is accredited by NESA and is also a trained Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) facilitator. She currently works in a consultancy capacity, providing professional support and services to schools, organisations and individuals. Her specialities include - transition to school, facilitation of professional networks, parent partnerships, linking ECEC and school sectors and developing resources. Although located in the Hunter/Newcastle region of NSW, she is open to discussions re short term contracts, part-time and one off provision of services in other locations. 

ISDCN Parent Webinar Program – Recordings

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2015

Webinar 1 – Internet Safety for Parents - Your children and the web Mr. Brett Lee (INESS) http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3d%2brlc9bhzu%2bzwt4ksRITu5Q%3d%3d

Webinar 2 – Safer Schoolies - Parent Information session Safer Schoolies Initiative, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dhgsEZLSvSw6EvinPRf3BYQ%3d%3d

2016

Webinar 3 - Preventing bullying to enhance children’s and adolescents’ brain development Prof. Donna Cross http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dPmr90bN8TokIEtCK%2bfViqg%3d%3d

Webinar 4 - Helping your child thrive – at school and in life Dr. Justin Coulsen http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dQbcNccSFu/tWC9MYjAwAiw%3d%3d

Webinar 5 – Teenagers, alcohol & other drugs 2016 – How much influence do parents really have? Paul Dillon (DARTA) http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dO90AI1AWB2sNhclYN0x5Sw%3d%3d

Webinar 6 –Building body confident kids Sarah McMahon http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3d8Q1p%2bnWN1t74OWWQonbm5A%3d%3d

Webinar 7 – Developing Resilience in Your Child - Helping your child to Bounce Back! Dr. Toni Noble http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dne6CBnSXaoq3ngFM0ThRLA%3d%3d

2017

Webinar 9 – The Importance of Play Dr. Helen Street http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3d/xAJNVZJKsTwvAt/Ni0I5w%3d%3d

Webinar 10 – Social and Legal Responsibilities Online Mr. Brett Lee (INESS) http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dPsiP8OVFTzPMp0V3X0%2bN3w%3d%3d

Webinar 11 – Student mental health and technology Dr Michael Carr-Gregg http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3d/CfA37JwepLEuXRY8RqyiQ%3d%3d

Webinar 12 – Solution Focused approaches to anxiety - a toolkit for parents Lyn Worsley – Resilience Centre http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dTfmB5Z7Pn63nUgkh37ngTg%3d%3d

2018

Webinar 14 - Adolescent Sleep and Well Being Dr Hayley Dohnt http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dYvm9fGK420ST2V2ZKM0D%2bw%3d%3d

Webinar 15 - Mental Fitness for Families Dr. Paula Robinson http://dmr.isdcn.edu.au/AnonymousEmbed/id%3dQ3IL5Jp87zTEYTILykx4pQ%3d%3d

VCE and VCAL

The Victorian Minister for Education recently announced that, from 2021, explicit information about attainment levels of literacy and numeracy will be included in statements of results for students completing their VCE or VCAL.

This followed some months of consultation conducted by the VCAA. The VCAA thanks the VPC for their contribution to that consultation. The VCAA will provide more information about how these changes will be implemented in due course.  

  • From 2021, students undertaking one or more Unit 3/4 studies in VCE and students in their final year of the VCAL qualification will, through the General Achievement Test (GAT) statement of results, receive information about whether they have demonstrated new literacy and numeracy standards.

  • There is no change to the current qualification requirements for the VCE and for VCAL.

  • VCE and VCAL students will be expected to sit the GAT. Current arrangements for exemptions will apply.

Navigating Post-School Options

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Well here we are at the end of the year. Final year results and ATARs will be out soon, the rewards for a challenging year. The choices can be overwhelming. So where to from here?

Judy O’Donohue from Career Me Now, recommends researching the options.

“There are so many options after Year 12: straight to university; studying at TAFE; getting an apprenticeship; taking a gap year; going straight into the workforce”.

“The most important thing young people can do is proper research – around what is best for their own skills and abilities; around what motivates them; around what options actually exist; around the future world of work; and around how best to utilise all this information. There is a great website www.myfuture.edu.au where a great deal of this can be undertaken so that there is real knowledge based on facts not hearsay.”

For those who have their eyes set on university, Judy recommends starting at the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)website,  www.vtac.edu.au.  There is also a large range of courses delivered through TAFE that are worth exploring. TAFE course options and how to apply can be found on the VTAC www.vtac.edu.au.

Leaving school and going straight into the workforce is not as simple as it once was. The market is competitive and employers are looking for entry level employees with skills or the willingness to engage in further training. If you are considering going down the apprenticeship route, Judy says:

“It is important to know that obtaining an apprenticeship requires an application to an employer via word of mouth or a job search or employer website; or by approaching a ‘network provider’ or local TAFE. A great website to start finding out more is here: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners/apprentices/Pages/apply.aspx

Taking a break from study and having a gap year to work and possibly travel are also options. A bit of time and distance from school can help focus in setting a plan for further training or study in a year’s time.

The focus at this time of the year is on the young person and their plans. Parents still have an important role to play. In a recent journal post for Authentic Parent Voice, Jacqui Van de Velde wrote:

“Parents often find they flounder a bit trying to find their new role as parents of an adult. The fundamentals don’t change, but the focus and how we express them does. Parents will still be significant influencers in the musings and decisions.”

She encourage parents to shift their parenting style to fit the new situation of living with adult children and adopting a “coaching” approach:

“Our role as parents is to actively induct our children into the adult world. Outwardly, this might look like parents stepping back allowing the child to take on responsibility for themselves: work and study responsibilities, medical appointments, contributing to the household financially and in kind etc. Internally, it is parents mentally letting go and celebrating each step in the new exciting stage you find yourself in... preparing for launch.”

It is an exciting time. Embrace it! Keep the lines of communication open and listen, a lot.

Further reading and information can be found here:

www.myfuture.edu.au

http://www.vtac.edu.au/

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners/apprentices/Pages/apply.aspx  

http://mediahub.humanservices.gov.au/news/4-options-for-school-leavers-to-think-about/


VPC Parent, School, Community Engagement Day ...continued...

Our Engagement day was a unique, rich cross-sectoral experience, with plenty of opportunity for round table conversation.

We were thrilled to have Professor Debbie Pushor with us to facilitate our thinking around using Parent Knowledge in Teaching and Learning including home visits

Our discussion focused on Parent knowledge as a critical attribute of authentic and meaningful parent engagement, how parents hold and use their knowledge, and how that knowledge can be used in schools alongside teacher knowledge to enrich teaching and learning opportunities, and to enhance educational outcomes, for students.

Ms Caz Batson (Bosch) MAPS presented on the work of the Australian Parents Council and Parents Australia. Successful Learning and the Indigenous Parent Factor were featured as practical ways the Australian Parents Council is working with parents and communities in the early years of schooling to promote parents engagement, partnership and establishing supportive learning environments for children in the early years of schooling. The feedback from schools and communities where Successful Learning and the Indigenous Parent Factor have been in operation was very encouraging. Another exciting development is the development of the Certificate IV in Parent, Family Community Engagement.  This is a nationally recognised qualification and the first ever formal training qualification in parent, family and community engagement in Australia. It fills a clear gap in training provision. Parents, family and community engagement is well recognised as helping children achieve their potential in education, but often receives minor attention in initial teacher education, and until now there has been no specific training in this challenging area.

Caz also presented  on Parent Engagement in Australia, the current environment and the emerging issues. It was encouraging to hear from all of those present, across all sectors affirming the challenges and resolving that a collaborative approach works well in parent engagement. It was terrific having Catherine Meynell-James was with us too. Catherine is Stakeholder Manager |Group Strategy and Performance | Strategy & Integration Division | Early Childhood & School Education Group Department of Education & Training

Ms Jacqui Van de Velde, presented on a practical and thought provoking approach to Parent Engagement, Communication and Home-School Conflict. She challenged participants to consider another pathway to deal with in the Home-School conflict. A pathway that honours parents as parents and teachers as teachers; accepting they bring different, but complementary skill and knowledge sets to the enterprise of school education. A pathway that builds on strengths, nurtures relationships and finds a solution.

Ms Aynur Simsirel the Principal Advisor for Independent Schools Victoria, presented on Engagement/partnership approaches to learning and wellbeing in the independent school sector from ISV’s perspective. It was interesting  to hear about the work the ISV is doing with school leadership on parent engagement.

Our day concluded with a panel discussion.  Rachel Saliba, Executive Officer for Catholic School Parents Victoria joined out presenters joined our presenters in a “Q and A”.



Many Australian school students feel they ‘don’t belong’ in school: new research

Australian students, on average, reported a poorer sense of belonging at school compared to students across the OECD. A lower proportion of Australian students than the OECD average said they 'feel like they belong at school'.

Why does this matter?

For some students, a sense of belonging is indicative of educational success and long-term health and wellbeing. It has also been found to promote positive attitudes towards students’ learning.

What’s more, students who feel part of, and accepted by, their school community are not only more likely to participate in school activities, both academic and non-academic, but will be actively engaged in these activities.


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