Articles

July 14, 2017

HEN-DET Meeting Report

HEN met with DET representatives on 30 June and we were asked to submit our report to DET for comment prior to publication. We expressed reservations, but DET were concerned about the possibility of being “misrepresented” and insisted refusal would prevent a […]
July 1, 2017

Home ed on SBS The Feed

Home schooling and ‘un-schooling’ on the rise and the results look promising This program aired on SBS 28/6/2017 “When you think of home schooling, you may picture religious conservatives, fringe-dwelling hippies and sheltered, un-socialised kids. But the face of home […]
July 1, 2017

Privacy Breach Report

The report with findings of the Independent Inquiry into the Privacy Breach around submissions to the Education and Training Reform Regulations Review is now available with DET’s statement available here.
June 26, 2017

Merlino’s ‘Light Touch’ Bulldozer

Letter to the Minister 26/6/2017
June 23, 2017

Are the Regulations now law?

By Sue Wight The Education and Training Reform Regulations have now been ‘made’ but there is no need to panic. Here, we provide the department’s Fact Sheet and answer the questions it doesn’t cover. So, are the Regulations now law? […]
June 21, 2017

VRQA Hostility is not ‘Light-touch’

Anonymous The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is well known within our community for its hostility towards home education. It’s the authority which handles registrations and, more frighteningly, is set to receive free rein over home education next year […]
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 […]