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

This year VATE is publishing a new Semester 1 VCE English exam and a VCE English Language sample exam.

Download the 2017 Semester 1 sample exam order form here.

VATE will continue to publish sample exams in Semester 2 for English, EAL, English Language and Literature.

Download the 2017 Semester 2 sample exam order form here.

Please direct all VATE exam queries to Josephine: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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: Reading and Comparing Texts

Invictus and Ransom
29 May 2017. Register here

Tracks and Into the Wild
Monday 5 June. Register here.

You will be taken to ACMI to complete your booking.

For more information about these sessions, please phone ACMI on 8663 2200.


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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)


Monday 29th May
Elwood College

A practical and informative workshop that will provide teachers with strategies about how to approach the teaching of the listening component in the new VCE EAL Study Design.

Register here.

The Best of Both Worlds


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In Conversation

VCE Literature
Monday 19th June
Join Kellie Heintz in conversation with a panel of VCE Literature experts, Mary Purcell, Briony Schroor and Monika Wagner as they share their insights about the new VCE Literature Study Design.
Register here.

VCE English
Monday 26th June
Join Kellie Heintz in conversation with a panel of VCE English experts, Bob Hillman, Ross Huggard and Caitlin Penrose as they share their insights about the new VCE English/EAL Study Design.
Register here.

Catering for Additional Needs and Literacy

Explore strategies to support primary and lower secondary students who have additional learning needs, with a focus on literacy

Seminar one
Thursday 3 August

Seminar two
Thursday 24 August

Webinar/Video Conference
Thursday 7 September

Register here.

2017 State Conference
Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
Edmund in King Lear

Thursday 30 November – Friday 1 December 2017
Deakin University Burwood.

Call for Presenters

Download conference theme.

Apply online to present at the conference.

English Comparative Sessions

VCE English Comparative Pairs 4 & 5: 5 June

Click here to register for this session.

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.