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.


VATE Middle Years Conference 2017

VATE MYC2017: Celebrating Difference

Monday 7 August 2017, Foothills Conference Centre, Mooroolbark.

Let's don our scarves and beanies, plump up our puffer jackets and head to Mooroolbark, 'the place where the wide waters meet' and the gateway to the Yarra Ranges, for the 2017 Middle Years Conference. With so much to share, to learn and to discuss, there will be no time to be distracted by the picturesque setting of the Foothills Conference Centre or the tempting call of the Yarra Valley and the faint clinking of glasses in the distance. Instead, we will be warmed by ideas, collegiality and the celebration of all that we do as English teachers who strive to acknowledge and value the individual differences in all our students.

Registration now open.

Download the flyer here.


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.

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)



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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)

The Best of Both Worlds


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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

Deadline Friday 4 August

Download conference theme.

Apply online to present at the conference.

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.

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 and workshop at ACMI
Thursday 3 August

Presenters: Murray Evely and Debra Edwards

Register here.

If you cannot attend ACMI you can live stream this event.

Register here for online streaming of event.

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.