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New Macmillan Study Guides for VCE English

Macmillan Study Guides have been carefully crafted by your peers to build the skills and strategies needed for exam success.

Key features include:

  • Authored by practising classroom teachers with proven track-record of student success
  • Real student model essays with accompanying mark-up and assessment advice from actual VCE assessors
  • Expert advice on how to excel in the Reading and Creating Texts and Reading and Comparing Texts Areas of Study
  • Write-in activities
  • Optional Exam Toolkit with practical advice on how to improve your writing and produce a great essay under pressure

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Author Bios

Amy Haywood

Amy is an established VCE English teacher who has enjoyed teaching each of the texts that she has written about for our study guides:Year of Wonders, The Crucible and The Golden Age.She has previously been commissioned to write sample VCE English exams and is an experienced presenter, having spoken at conferences and seminars on teaching approaches for the new VCE English Study Design. She previously edited Social Education Victoria’s quarterly Ethos Journal.

Having taken a break from teaching, Amy is now currently working with Deloitte Access Economics as a Senior Analyst in their education policy team, where she uses her experiences as a teacher to advise on education policy and reform.


Anthony Quirk

Anthony has been teaching English for over 25 years in regional Victoria, overseas and in Melbourne, currently working at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. He is an experienced teacher of VCE English, EAL and Literature; and has been assessing the end of year exams for VCAA since 2005. While primarily an English assessor, he has also assessed EAL and Extended Investigation.

He has worked for VATE in a variety of roles: presenting at State Conferences and English Days to staff as well as Student Revision Days for students; wrote the study guide The Old Man Who Read Love Stories; and working on the Practice Exam Working Party, setting topics and writing the Section C material. He has also been a member of the VCAA VCE Text Advisory Panel.


Callie Martin

Callie is a writer and teacher of Literature and Philosophy in Melbourne. She currently works as Head of Middle Years English at Williamstown High School. She holds graduate degrees in Literature and has lectured in both Children’s Literature and Education at ACU, RMIT and Monash University.

Callie has written a variety of text guides for VCE English and Literature, chaired author sessions at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival and been heard on ABC Radio’s Sunday School program. She has presented to both students and teachers at multiple VATE conferences including Student Revision days, Early Career Teacher Conferences and the State Conference for Teachers of English.


David Pargetter

David Pargetter, BA (Hons.), MA, Dip Ed, Monash University. He is presently Head of English at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, teaching senior English and Literature. He has worked as an English and Literature teacher at Haileybury College, and as VCE English Coordinator at P.E.G.S.

David has been a VCAA English and Literature assessor. He has worked as a Literature examiner, state reviewer and was a member of the Study Design Review panel. David has written a number of articles for VATE and several study guides for VCE English, Reading and Comparing texts.


Faye Crossman

Faye is an experienced teacher of English and Head of English. Her teaching career spans many years in both the government and independent education sectors of Victoria. Faye has contributed to the development of English teaching through involvement in a number of formal and informal educational committees; additionally, she has presented workshops and lectures on text, pedagogy and VCE English at a range of state, national and international English Teacher Conferences.

Faye is also an experienced VCE English marker and she has been the author of a number of VCE English texts.


Jan May

Jan is an experienced teacher of VCE English who has taught for over thirty years. Her previous text guides include The Secret River, ‘Jindabyne’, Bypass: Story of a Road, The Complete Maus, Burial Rites, Stasiland, Twelve Angry Men, Wilfred Owen: The War Poems and Like a House on Fire. Jan has many years experience as an end of year examination assessor as well as exam setting, text selection and other curriculum experience related to VCE English.

After a stint providing professional development for teachers as the Education Officer at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English, she is currently teaching VCE English at Firbank Grammar School, as well as consulting, presenting student lectures and maintaining her involvement in VATE.


Karen Kyte

Karen currently teaches English and Humanities at Firbank Grammar School and possesses more than thirty years’ teaching experience in both the independent and government sectors. She has taught English and EAL extensively at VCE level. Karen has also taught for a number of years at Monash College, the language school of Monash University.

Karen was born in Northern Ireland but has lived in Melbourne for many years. She maintains a passion for English, French and German and is an avid reader and writer.


Karen Lynch
Dr Karen Lynch has previously taught literature and cultural theory in the tertiary sector and came to teaching as a second career. She has held various positions as a teacher, including Head of English, Head of Literacy and Assistant Principal.

Karen currently teaches VCE English and English Language at Kew High School, but she has also taught VCE Literature and Philosophy for many years. She has also been an exam assessor for VCE Literature, and assessor and exam setter for VCE Philosophy. She has published her academic work in a range of peer-reviewed journals and has also worked closely with VATE as a presenter and writer.


Katrina Renouf

From 1994 to the present, much of Katrina’s energy and passion has been dedicated to helping young people in Secondary Schools engage with and articulate their responses to texts. From critical analysis to creative responses, from the mechanics of language to the making of meaning, she has been immersed in teaching and learning in both rural and suburban settings for many years.

Teaching English, Literature, and Global Politics at St Bedes College, Mentone from 2004 onwards, she became the English Learning Area Leader in 2016 and 2017. She is currently teaching English and English Language at St Joseph’s College in Fern Tree Gully.


Laura Deriu

Laura Deriu is an experienced teacher of English specialising in VCE English. She has co-authored and edited many successful senior English resource texts and study guides for major education publishers. Currently, Laura is a senior English tutor and is undertaking post-graduate studies in applied linguistics.


Louise Roberts

Louise Roberts has taught senior English in both Australia and the United Kingdom. As a long-term assessor for English, GAT, NAPLAN and English Language, she has an in-depth understanding of VCE assessment.

Louise also presents professional learning lectures and workshops to English teachers and students throughout Victoria, and has created many elearning guides and learning activities for English students globally.


Marion G White

Marion G White worked at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), first in Examinations managing VCE English, ESL and English Language exams, then in Curriculum as English Curriculum Manager. Prior to that she was Head of English, teaching senior English and Literature, in schools in Melbourne and Canberra. She now writes and edits text guides.