June 21, 2017

What DET doesn’t want you to see

By Sue Wight Redacted In making submissions on the Education regulations, people told the personal stories that led to their home education. The purpose of telling these stories was to illustrate the need for unobstructed access to home education. These submissions […]
June 20, 2017

The Education Department don’t consult

By Sue Wight Consultation kɒnsəlˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ noun the action or process of formally consulting or discussing. “they improved standards in consultation with consumer representatives” synonyms: discussion, dialogue, discourse, debate, negotiation, conference, deliberation “the recommendations include increased consultation with local people”   […]
June 20, 2017

Home education regulations unjustified

By Sue Wight Let’s look at the deeply flawed Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) used to justify increased regulations for home education. School is not great The RIS assumes that the state school system provides “high quality” education for all. This is […]
June 20, 2017

Context for the existing regulations

By Sue Wight The 2007 Regulations, The Guide to Home Schooling in Victoria and Support Materials for Registration were finalised under consultation with experienced home educators on a Home Schooling Advisory Committee (HSAC), in recognition that unreasonable regulations in other […]
June 19, 2017

Regulatory Spin

Let’s take a look at the spin being put on the Regulations through the Minister’s Media Release
June 18, 2017

Allergy Bullying led to Home Education

Anonymous What I love about home education is that there is room for each and every one of us, in all our glorious uniqueness. We have the freedom to work out what is the best educational fit for each individual […]
June 7, 2017

Concerns re plans and reviews

Another submission made to DET published here by permission Anonymous I am very concerned about the proposal that the VRQA will be responsible to approve home lesson plans and conduct reviews on home educators and how that would impact on […]
May 30, 2017

How to deal with a privacy breach

By Sue Wight Are you a public servant with an embarrassing privacy breach to clean up? Consider yourself a knight in shining public service armour and read on! Our guide covers the essential steps involved in saving face and carrying […]
May 26, 2017

‘Consultation’ Merlino-style

HEN’s Sue Wight and Pavlina McMaster met with Minister Merlino yesterday. The meeting ran for 20 mins. Mr Merlino did a lot of talking and almost no listening. We almost had to talk over him to get a word in. […]
May 26, 2017

Merlino’s Gambit

Friday 26th May 2017 Dear Mr Merlino Until yesterday, I viewed you with an element of compassion. It is in my nature. I felt for you, because I thought that as a man with a lot on his plate, you […]