Articles

December 22, 2016

Why home educators have cause for concern

By Sue Wight The Draft Education Regulations Home educators have good reason for concern. In brief the changes proposed are: All new home educators to submit a plan for approval. Children to remain in school until/unless approval has been given. […]
December 21, 2016

Draft Education Regulations Released

The Victorian Department of Education today released the Draft Education Regulations. These are the relevant links – Draft Regulations (pages 30-33 cover home education) The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) (home education is on pages 21-44 but the pp 6-20 are also relevant) Department […]
December 12, 2016

Missing the Milestones

By Susan Wight Towards the end of the year, I often catch up with old friends. Getting together always emphasises just how different our lives now are. They talk of meetings, workloads, changing policies, best-practice and so on.  Their end-of-year […]
December 2, 2016

Regulations Alert

HEN advises the home education community to prepare to resist unfriendly regulation.  At the last ‘consultation’ meeting (25/10 ),HEN representatives were given an overview of the proposed regulations but strongly requested to keep them quiet. The proposal was presented in a benign […]
December 2, 2016

Home-ed Alumni Survey

Home Ed Alumni: Where are you now? We’d love to check in with you and form an overall picture of what home ed kids do when they grow up. This information will be useful both to prospective home educators, and in […]
November 14, 2016

Readathon Wrap-up

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in The Home Ed Winter Readathon 2016, it was great show of support from the home ed community. 24 participants from Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia collectively read 2,284 items over […]
October 26, 2016

Ongoing consultation on home ed regulations

Report on meeting with Department of Education and Training A third meeting between DET and HEN was held on 25/10. We were told the regulations review is moving forward and draft regulations together with the Regulatory Impact Statement may be […]
October 10, 2016

Distance Ed Materials

For the past 10 years, registered home educators have been able to purchase distance education materials from DECV is they wished to do so. The following notice now appears on their site: Please note: From 2017 onwards, Distance Education Centre […]
October 9, 2016

Socialisation: The Hidden Agenda

By John Barratt-Peacock It is the most boring of all the objections to home education and seemingly the most stupid since, on all the evidence, home educated children are the best socialised. So why do they do it and why […]
October 4, 2016

Ending is Better than Mending

Schooling and Commercialism By Susan Wight Early Australian society needed, and indeed the land itself demanded, that people be frugal, self-sacrificing and hard-working. This was a time when there was nothing to spare. Possessions were few and were confined to […]