Welcome to VATE

The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English is a professional body established to promote the interests of English education and to allow English educators in Victoria to exchange ideas.

VATE brings together teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools, as well as tertiary educators and pre-service teachers.


2017 VATE Sample VCE Exams - order forms

You can place an order anytime for VATE's 2017 sample VCE exams - these exams will be available August. All exams are developed according to VCAA published examination specifications and sample examination papers.

VATE will publish sample exams for English, EAL, English Language and Literature (Units 3-4).

Download the 2017 sample exam order form here.

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VATE Council

VATE in the media: 'Too many 'depressing messages' in VCE books drives push for trigger warnings.' The Age (April)

VATE Council letter to the VCAA CEO and Board re: the VCE Literature sample examination (April)
VATE Council media release re: the Community of Practice: Teaching reading (April)
VATE in the media: Women authors get equal space. ArtsHub 2017 (February)

VATE Council letter to the VCAA CEO and Board re the delayed release of the VCAA English, Literature and EAL examinations (February)


VATE/ACMI Professional Learning sessions

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell engages with a range of narrative modes to explore the nature of storytelling and its capacity to both separate and connect.  In this full-day program, we will delve deep into this unconventional film to explore its purpose, meaning and impact.

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Rear Window
Monday 20 November and Friday 8 December

Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller explores the allure of the voyeuristic gaze in a suspense-filled narrative.  In this full-day program, you will discover more about the artistry and ideas for which Rear Window is renowned.

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Purchase and instantly download VATE's VCE Publications:
Inside Stories, Inside Language and Literature Perspectives.

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2017 VATE VCE Resources

Download order forms for these new and updated VATE publications:

2017 Inside Texts

2017 Literature Perspectives

2017 Inside Stories

Inside Language (Units 3 and 4 EL Guides)

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VATE Curriculum and Assessment Committee forum

Whole School Priorities and their impact on the English classroom

Tuesday 5 September

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In Conversation: online recordings

Register to access online recordings of VATE's recent In Conversation sessions with panels of VCE experts sharing their insights about the new VCE Study Designs.

VCE Literature
Mary Purcell, Briony Schroor and Monika Wagner.

VCE English
Bob Hillman, Ross Huggard and Caitlin Penrose.

Recordings available now for purchase.

The Best of Both Worlds


Partner organisations


The Little Bookroom Melbourne Writers Festival

MTCATOM   National Gallery of Victoria

Victoria State Government: Education and Training
VATE acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.