Older Students

July 2, 2019

“What Did You Do Today?” “Nothing, Really.”

By Brooke Cowley When I started home education (fifteen years ago) I used to dread being asked the *S Question*. You know, “How will your kids learn to socialise if they don’t get to go to school?” I dreaded it […]
May 7, 2019

The Resilience of Home Educating Parents.

By Lyn Saint The following statement may be depressing for parents of small energetic children – life is an emotional and exhausting roller-coaster ride for parents of teenagers and young adults. Small children are easy in comparison. We just have […]
December 18, 2018

Community Engagement

By Kirsty James My 16-year-old son is passionate about woodturning, and is a member of the local Guild. Two years ago, he barely knew that woodturning existed, but thanks to various kind and helpful people in our local community, he […]
November 13, 2018

Skills First Submission

Home educated students are effectively locked out of VET funding at the moment and HEN is trying to get this changed. Our submission is below. An explanation of acronyms is provided below the submission for younger families. Acronyms and terms: […]
October 23, 2018

Starting THAT Co-op

By Kirsty James Looking through the photo book documenting the first year of Tyabb Homeschool Activity Teens co-op (THAT), I realised that there were two recurring expressions on the faces of the kids; happiness and concentration. Whatever they were doing […]
October 1, 2018

Tech School Workshop Opportunities for Teens

By Miriam Mollema The Victorian government has recently opened various new Tech Schools. Recently, I met with the Executive Director (Marc) and Director (Skylie) of two of the new Tech Schools; the one in the shires of Banyule-Nillumbik and one […]
September 18, 2018

Student Transition Form

Victoria Legally, teenagers are required to be at school or registered for home education until the age of 17. When kids aged under 17 move to a TAFE course, they may be asked for a Transition from School Form during […]
September 2, 2018

Home Ed, Centrelink and Kids Aged 16+

If parents are receiving Newstart or Family Tax Benefit, they may lose it when their youngest child turns 16, but not everyone does. Newstart Once the youngest child turns 16, the automatic exemption from the Mutual Obligation Requirements ceases. You may still […]
August 6, 2018

Diverge Pathways Workshops

The following workshops with Reach are designed for school groups years  9 and 10 (ages 14-17) but one of the organiser is a HEN alumnus and has extended the invitation to us at a special price of $29 each for groups […]
June 10, 2018

The Paradox: Home ed and VET funding

When Victorian home ed teenagers transition to full-time TAFE, they de-register from home education and enrol under the same funding arrangements as any other student. Many of our students do this and 48 TAFE courses becoming free in 2019 will help […]