The New Requirements

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The New Requirements

By Sue Wight

The new regulations take effect on 1 January 2018. So, what does it mean for you?

If you are already registered

Note that younger siblings of registered families are considered new registrations, as are children being re-registered after a period in school.

Renewal: If you have not already done so, renew by November 30 this year by emailing home.schooling@edumail.vic.gov.au or by responding to their renewal email. Include your child’s name, birth date and any details that have changed since last year. If you have not received confirmation of your renewal, call them on 9637 2806.

As long as you renew on time, you will not have to submit a learning plan nor apply for an exemption. If you allow your registration to lapse, both will be required to re-register.

Learning Plans & Exemptions: Are not required for registered children. If you have an additional child to register, see New Registrations below.

Ongoing requirements: As under the 2007 Regulations, registration involves a commitment to substantially address the eight learning areas and respect the principles of democracy. You may home educate using any method or philosophy you wish. There is no requirement to follow the state curriculum or adhere to year level requirements, and there are no compulsory home visits. You will receive a renewal letter from the VRQA once a year.

Partial enrolment is available should you wish to use it. There are some new procedural matters about new applicants informing the VRQA of a partial enrolment arrangement. New partial enrolment guidelines are included in the Guide to Home Education in Victoria due out shortly.

Reviews: Commencing in April 2018, ten percent of all registered families will come up for review each year. Reviews will involve one child’s registration per family. Families selected for review will be notified early in the year (February/March) and given an approximate date for the review. You’ll be contacted closer to the review with a firmer timeline. Reviews will be conducted between April and October and performed by someone with empathy for home education. The review is NOT against the Victorian Curriculum or year levels. In a review, you will be asked to demonstrate that your child is receiving an education that substantially addresses the 8 KLAs. There is no mandated way to do that – it could be by a phone chat/interview if you wish, or by submitting a report/work samples/journal/spreadsheet etc. If you have an interview, it can be at a place of your choice, and children are not required to be present. You may be asked for further information if your response is deemed unsatisfactory. Some form of record-keeping is highly advisable for when your child’s registration is reviewed. At the conclusion of a satisfactory review, all children in your family will be exempted from a review for two years. As before, review failure will result in de-registration, but you can request the decision be reviewed and/or appeal to VCAT.

Resources: The following documents are now available

  • Home Schooling – Regulations Roadshow Presentation (video, transcript and handout of slides)
  • Home Schooling – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Home Schooling – Policy
  • Home Schooling – Structured Learning Plan Template
  • Home Schooling – Integrated Learning Plan Template
  • VHEAC Roadshow presentation on record-keeping for reviews

 

The following documents will be available shortly:

  • Victorian legal situation (with excerpts from the Act and 2017 Regulations)
  • Home Education in Victoria – A Guide to Services and Support (updated)
  • Partial Enrolment Guidelines (updated)
  • Sample learning plans developed by VHEAC for a variety of circumstances and ages.
  • 2018 registration form.

See also:

New registrations

If you register before the end of December this year

  • You will not need to submit a learning plan
  • You do not need to apply for an exemption from a KLA.
  • You can nominate a starting date up to six months from your application date.
  • You cannot register a child who will be younger than six at the end of 2018.

Partial enrolment is available should you wish to use it. There are some new procedural matters about new applicants informing the VRQA of a partial enrolment arrangement. New partial enrolment guidelines are included in the Guide to Home Education in Victoria due out shortly.

Ongoing requirements: Registration involves a commitment to substantially address the eight learning areas and respect the principles of democracy. You may home educate using any method or philosophy you wish. There is no requirement to follow the state curriculum or adhere to year level requirements, and there are no compulsory home visits. You will receive a renewal letter from the VRQA once a year.

Reviews: Commencing in April 2018, ten percent of all registered families will come up for review each year. Reviews will involve one child’s registration per family. Families selected for review will be notified early in the year (February/March) and given an approximate date for the review. You’ll be contacted closer to the review with a firmer timeline. Reviews will be conducted between April and October and performed by someone with empathy for home education. The review is NOT against the Victorian Curriculum or year levels. In a review, you will be asked to demonstrate that your child is receiving an education that substantially addresses the 8 KLAs. There is no mandated way to do that – it could be by a phone chat/interview if you wish, or by submitting a report/work samples/journal/spreadsheet etc. If you have an interview, it can be at a place of your choice, and children are not required to be present. You may be asked for further information if your response is deemed unsatisfactory. Some form of record-keeping is highly advisable for when your child’s registration is reviewed. At the conclusion of a satisfactory review, all children in your family will be exempted from a review for two years. Review failure will result in de-registration, but you can request the decision be reviewed and/or appeal to VCAT.

Resources: The following documents are now available

  • Home Schooling – Regulations Roadshow Presentation
  • Home Schooling – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Home Schooling – Policy
  • Home Schooling – Structured Learning Plan Template
  • Home Schooling – Integrated Learning Plan Template
  • VHEAC Roadshow presentation on record-keeping for reviews

The following documents will be available shortly:

  • Victorian legal situation (with excerpts from the Act and 2017 Regulations)
  • Home Education in Victoria – A Guide to Services and Support (updated)
  • Partial Enrolment Guidelines (updated)
  • Sample learning plans developed by VHEAC for a variety of circumstances and ages.
  • 2018 registration form.

See also:

Register from 1 January 2018

Applications: A new application form will be made available for January. From 1 January 2018, all new registrations must be accompanied by a learning plan. Children must remain in school while awaiting VRQA approval of the learning plan

Learning Plans: Learning plans are only required with new registrations. Your learning plan should demonstrate where and when instruction will take place, how you plan to substantially cover the eight KLAs and what method of record-keeping you intend to use. It does not have to align to the Victorian Curriculum or year levels. Learning plans don’t need to be voluminous. Templates have been developed in consultation with VHEAC and are available here with sample plans soon to follow. If you do not plan to cover all eight learning areas, you must apply for an exemption.

Exemptions: If you don’t intend to cover a particular KLA, you need to apply for an exemption from it.

  • You can apply for an exemption from one or more KLAs.
  • No medical evidence is required. Simply state the reason on the application form and make a note on the learning plan under the relevant learning area/s that an exemption has been applied for in that area.
  • Reasons are not limited to, but could include:
    • Child struggling with reading requires an exemption from LOTE.
    • Teenager focussing on science requires an exemption from Arts.
    • Child coming out of a school in a mess requires exemptions from multiple learning areas in the recovery phase.
    • Parent unable to facilitate LOTE.

Ongoing requirements: Registration involves a commitment to substantially address the eight learning areas and respect the principles of democracy. You may home educate using any method or philosophy you wish. There is no requirement to follow the state curriculum or adhere to year level requirements, and there are no compulsory home visits. You will receive a renewal letter from the VRQA once a year. Partial enrolment is available should you wish to use it.

Partial enrolment is available should you wish to use it. There are some new procedural matters about new applicants informing the VRQA of a partial enrolment arrangement. New partial enrolment guidelines are included in the Guide to Home Education in Victoria due out shortly.

Reviews: Commencing in April 2018, ten percent of all registered families will come up for review each year. Reviews will involve one child’s registration per family. Families selected for review will be notified early in the year (February/March) and given an approximate date for the review. You’ll be contacted closer to the review with a firmer timeline. Reviews will be conducted between April and October and performed by someone with empathy for home education. The review is NOT against the Victorian Curriculum or year levels. In a review, you will be asked to demonstrate that your child is receiving an education that substantially addresses the 8 KLAs. There is no mandated way to do that – it could be by a phone chat/interview if you wish, or by submitting a report/work samples/journal/spreadsheet etc. There are no compulsory home visits – if you have an interview, it can be at a place of your choice, and children are not required to be present. You may be asked for further information if your response is deemed unsatisfactory. Some form of record-keeping is highly advisable for when your child’s registration is reviewed. At the conclusion of a satisfactory review, all children in your family will be exempted from a review for two years. Review failure will result in de-registration, but you can request the decision be reviewed and/or appeal to VCAT.

Resources: The following documents are now available

  • Home Schooling – Regulations Roadshow Presentation
  • Home Schooling – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Home Schooling – Policy
  • Home Schooling – Structured Learning Plan Template
  • Home Schooling – Integrated Learning Plan Template
  • VHEAC Roadshow presentation on record-keeping for reviews

The following documents will be available shortly:

  • Victorian legal situation (with excerpts from the Act and 2017 Regulations)
  • Home Education in Victoria – A Guide to Services and Support (updated)
  • Partial Enrolment Guidelines (updated)
  • Sample learning plans developed by VHEAC for a variety of circumstances and ages.
  • 2018 registration form.

See also:

 

 

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