handbook for the base schools of students.
This section provides a summary for Principals and other key staff of the expectations and requirements of students studying a subject through CHES and the roles and responsibilities of CHES, universities and base schools.
The handbook attached includes detailed information on CHES arrangements for base schools (updated for 2024).
A link to the recording of the School Briefing Session can be provided by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Students undertaking a VCE study at CHES
Students undertaking a VCE subject at CHES should be counted by their base school as part-time students. Schools should refer to the funding table in the attached Handbook to determine and claim the appropriate Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) time fraction for students undertaking combinations of Units studied at the base school and CHES.
The Department of Education and Training provide 0.1 FTE to the student’s time fraction at their base school, in recognition of the support provided to the student’s CHES studies.
For further information please see DET Guidance.
Students undertaking a Higher Education Study (HES)
Students undertaking a HES through CHES should be counted by their base school as a full-time student with a time fraction 1.0FTE for the base school. This will see the base school retain all SRP funding for the student; the student will also appear on CHES records as a non-SRP funded student at CHES.
There are no enrolment costs for government school students studying a HES program at CHES.
Base school supervisors
It is expected that the base school will support their students undertaking study at CHES by assigning a member of staff to act as a base school supervisor. The Department of Education and Training provide 0.1 FTE to the student’s time fraction at their base school, in recognition of the support provided to the student’s VCE studies through CHES. Further, for students undertaking a Higher Education Studies (HES) course through CHES, the base school retains the entire FTE funding for that student.
It is a requirement for a member of staff at the student’s base school to be nominated as their school supervisor. Further, should the base school supervisor change during the course of the academic year, the base school must inform CHES as soon as possible. The school supervisor has a number of important responsibilities outlined in the attached Handbook.