2023 VATE Ideas Lab: Teaching English in the Middle Years Conference


VATE’s annual Middle Years Conference has been developed to enrich, inspire and challenge middle years teachers and students through creative approaches to teaching and learning.

Join with us as we share ways to encourage student agency, promote student learning outcomes in reading and writing, develop critical thinking skills and engage with subject English in a creative and artistic way.

All delegates will receive a copy of Maxine Beneba Clarke’s book How Decent Folk Behave as part of their registration. Maxine’s new poetry collection, It’s the Sound of the Thing: 100 new poems for young people, will also be available to purchase ($22.99) on the day (card payments only).

This event is now booked out.


VATE prioritises the health and safety of our staff, members and the wider education community. It is a requirement of all in-person events that VATE staff and event delegates follow COVID government requirements and recommendation and venue safe practices. VATE will endeavour to provide delegates with current COVID information, however, this is subject to change at any time without notice. Please visit the following website for further

Information: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be emailed to events@vate.org.au. Cancellations received by 12pm five working days prior to the event date will be charged a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations received after this will receive NO REFUND. Registrations can, however, be transferred to another staff member. Please email events@vate.org.au the details. If you do not attend and have not notified VATE according to the above policy, you will receive no refund.  Please note: If this event is cancelled due to COVID government or venue restrictions, you will receive a full refund.

Catering and special diets (in-person events only)

Coeliac, vegan and other special diets (medical related) can be requested. Please email your special diet request to events@vate.org.au at least seven working days prior to the event. Please note: Approximately 50% of the catering will be vegetarian. You do not need to request this.

Meet the Speakers