December 22, 2022

Victorian Home Education Up 66%

Figures tabled in parliament this week show a huge growth in home education. (Up by a massive 66% from last year) We’ve graphed the rise over time using figures from VRQA Annual Reports going back to 2008. These figures come as no surprise to HEN,  as they reflect the rise in enquiries that we have seen this year. Our support team has been busy […]
December 2, 2022

VHEAC Communique October 2022

August 17, 2022

VHEAC Communique July 2022

June 22, 2022

VHEAC Communique April 2022

March 1, 2022

VHEAC Communique October 2021

February 8, 2022

The Victorian Home Education Advisory Committee

[Image description: graphic showing text information about the article. Text reads VHEAC, Mark Bachman, Otherways issue 170, November 2021] Mark Bachman served as a home education representative on VHEAC from 2018 to 2021. In this article, Mark reflects on his time on the committee, and the significance of VHEAC for the Victorian home education community. For more information on VHEAC, please see HEN’s VHEAC […]
February 3, 2022

The Rise and Rise of Home Education

Nationally, the number of students registered for Home Education has more than doubled in the last ten years. HEN’s Kirsty James was interviewed on ABC radio about the rise on 2 February.  The annual reports of state regulatory bodies provide registration figures as at 30 June each year, and strong growth can be seen across each jurisdiction:   Students Registered for Home Education Date […]
January 20, 2022

Home Ed Survey Results 2021

HEN surveys provide the best Australian data on the Who, How and Why of home education. Since 2015, this data has proven enormously useful in accurately representing our community both to government and in the media e.g. by exploding a myth of widespread non-registration. One of the most interesting of this year’s results was that home educators become less structured over time. There has […]
August 2, 2021

VHEAC Communique July 2021

August 2, 2021

VHEAC Communique April 2021

July 16, 2021

VHEAC Election – Candidates Information

The VHEAC election is now open and all registered home educators have received voting instructions from the VRQA. If you did not receive your email, contact them on 9637 2806 or You can find their nomination blurbs below. Voting opens on Aug 2 for two weeks ===================== The Victorian Home Education Advisory Committee (VHEAC) provides feedback to us and the VRQA about the […]
June 6, 2021

Otherways needs you!

Otherways is Australia’s longest running alternative education magazine, produced quarterly by a team of HEN volunteers. Otherways supports you by bringing together an amazing collection of stories and advice from home educating families willing to share their experiences with others. This makes Otherways truly a community effort!  Putting together a 50 page+ magazine is no small feat and takes at least two months to […]
March 28, 2021

VHEAC Communique Feb 2021

January 4, 2021

VHEAC Communique December 2020

December 8, 2020

VHEAC Communique Oct 2020

August 11, 2020

Paying it Forward

By Sue Wight I delight in the fact that home education has grown so significantly over the last twenty years. The HEN community I joined way back in 2000 was only 86 families whereas we now have over 1000. While small, the early community was very active and characterised by a culture of skill-sharing. Some were good at maths but lost with craft activities, […]
August 3, 2020

VHEAC Communique July 2020

May 25, 2020

What can we do?

Everyone Continue to comply with over-arching requirements:  Practice good hand hygiene Stay home if anyone in the family is unwell Adults must remain 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with. Indoor events must have 4 square metres per person. Victoria From Midnight 5th August Do not organise or attend home ed gatherings until the restrictions are lifted. More details. Other States Check the […]
May 24, 2020

Can Home Ed Groups Resume?

With schools returning, many home educators are beginning to ask whether they can resume their normal home ed meetups. No, home ed groups are not schools and cannot resume if their numbers and venue exceed the current limits.  However, you may begin any activity that lies within the current restrictions on gatherings. Why   Schools involve the same set of children gathering at the […]
April 28, 2020

Welcome Home

By Sue Wight We are standing at a unique moment in history Globally, an astonishing 1.4 billion children have come home for their education — something unthinkable a few months ago. While some concerns have been raised that children could “miss a year of education”, in reality kids learn wherever they are and parents are highly adept at facilitating learning. For millennia, all children […]