Welcome to the Home Education Network (HEN). Who we are HEN is the largest, most vocal, home education support group in Victoria. We began in 1980 as the Alternative Education Resource Group (AERG) and provided information on alternatives to mainstream schooling. Some members home educated and others started community schools. Gradually the focus moved to home education and the name of the group was changed to the Home Education Network. What we do HEN is a non-profit organisation providing support and information for home educators. As well as maintaining this website, we run events, camps and activities, and provide a home-ed support service; send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (03) 9517 7107 where you can leave your details and have an experienced home educator call you back. HEN also publishes Otherways, the oldest and most widely read home education magazine in Australia today. Produced quarterly, Otherways has articles that will inspire you, inform you, make you laugh, and make you cry and, most importantly, support you on your home education journey. Why not join us? If you join HEN, you will receive: • Otherways four times a year; • Access to our community and social media; • Weekly e-newsletter highlighting coming events, activities and news; and • Discounts to many different resources. HEN is based in Victoria but many interstate home educators join to receive Otherways. Membership is $45 per year with a printed magazine or $25 with a downloaded version. HEN is a parent support group, not a business. We are all committed to helping you find the information you need, put you in touch with the right person, book you into classes/events/camps, or post out things you have ordered, and we strive to do so as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please do keep in mind, however, that we are volunteers educating our children at home. For this reason, we can’t always respond as quickly as you would expect from paid workers. Please bear with us; we are keen to help, but sometimes it just takes a little time. Home Education Network: Mission Statement As home educators, we believe that children have an innate curiosity to learn and grow and, when given the freedom and support of family and friends, they will have the best opportunity to reach their full potential. We are dedicated to raising self-motivated, broad-minded, confident, competent, independent, passionately alive people. Home education empowers children and young adults to discover their potential, unencumbered by arbitrary authorities, and promotes a love of life-long learning. Home education provides broad socialisation through networking with a diverse group of people of varying age and social backgrounds. The Home Education Network recognises that true socialisation begins with acceptance and growth within one’s own family, and a naturally widening circle as children grow older. It aims to provide additional social opportunities for home educating families, to encourage mutual support amongst home educating families, access to like-minded people, and support and encouragement to enquiring families. Home Education Network: Statement of Purposes 1. HEN aims to make information on home education accessible to the general public via newsletters, the HEN website, phone and personal contacts. 2. HEN aims to support a network of contacts for those people wishing to educate their children from a home base.