You’ll find it hard to match the goodwill, expertise and commitment in the room at the foundation’s Education Forum, which brings together educators and lawyers from more than 30 organisations that provide education programs and resources for VELS and VCE Legal Studies students. Members of the forum include Court Services Victoria, Supreme Court of Victoria, National Trust, Old Treasury, Victorian Parliament, Victorian Bar Student Engagement Committee, Victorian Electoral Commission, Victoria Legal Aid, Victorian Law Reform Commission, Children’s Court, Big Issue Classroom, Sentencing Advisory Council and Tawirri (Indigenous Lawyers Association), representing a broad spectrum of the legal community.
As a group we’re committed to engaging students with the law in a practical and dynamic way. The quarterly forum helps us keep abreast of new education programs and resources and changes to the Victorian curriculum and the law. It’s also a working group that allows members to bring forward new ideas or promote new resources, or get feedback on resources they are producing from other experts in the field, including the foundation’s own Teacher-in-Residence, David Thomson.
As chair of the forum I’m in a great position to appreciate the variety and depth of the largely free resources for VELS and VCE Legal Studies students available in the Teacher resources section of the Victoria Law Foundation website. Great examples that have been presented at the forum and then shared with teachers across the state include the powerful documentary Stories from the Inside, directed, filmed and edited by the inmates of the Youth Unit, Port Phillip Prison.
Our first meeting for 2016 takes place on Wednesday 17 February, just after the start of the new school year. Leonie Swarbrick, Executive Officer of the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association (VCTA), will be presenting on the new Victorian Curriculum. This includes a new Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship curriculum which must be fully implemented in 2017 in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 in both government and Catholic schools. We’ll be hearing firsthand from Leonie just what impact the changes may have on our resources.
If you’re interested in joining the Education Forum, connecting and sharing information to help students get more out of their legal studies, please get in touch.
For more information on our Education Forums, please contact our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, on (03) 9604 8100 or email.