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School partnerships

The operation of a VCAA International program requires input and support from both Partner Schools and from the VCAA.

Who does what?

Below is an outline of the typical division of responsibility in some of the most important areas of program delivery:

  • Classroom delivery is the responsibility of the overseas partner school, with the help of ongoing support from the Victorian partner school.
  • Classroom teachers are employed by the overseas school. Teachers may be recruited from within the overseas school or externally and must meet standards stipulated by the VCAA.
  • The Victorian school must ensure adequate professional development and ongoing support for teachers at the overseas school. In the case of the VCE, Victorian teachers must be assigned as mentors to the offshore subject teachers.
  • Design and oversight of a Year 10 Pre-VCE Preparatory Program (where applicable) is the responsibility of the Victorian Partner School.
  • Curriculum and assessment structure is provided by the VCAA. Lesson planning and in-year assessments are usually provided by the Victorian partner school.
  • Maintenance of student records is a responsibility shared between both partner schools and the VCAA. Schools are expected to maintain information on all students, including tracking student pathways following VCE graduation.
  • Annual on-site audits of the overseas school by VCAA representatives are a requirement of all licence agreements for the delivery of the VCE. Responsibility for associated costs and arrangements may be divided between partner schools.
  • Advice on international tertiary pathways and visa applications must be provided to every student. Both partner schools are responsible for ensuring ongoing support for graduates of the VCE program.
  • Education Agents may be employed by schools to assist in the establishment and administration of the program.