Report from a recording App (e.g. KeptMe, GoogleKeep etc)
Blog (includes VRQA feedback) or facebook page (private if you wish)
Journal excerpt (includes VRQA feedback). Note: You do not need to keep this level of records on an ongoing basis, but you could do so for a week while under review. A month’s journal would be the maximum to submit.
Prepare Google docs and share those with the VRQA. You can withdraw the share invitation once the review has been completed.
You may wish to commence record-keeping when you receive notice of a review, or you may choose to make a habit of it. You may also choose to simply write a report when your review comes up— it is up to you.
But if the VRQA assessor is not satisfied after that discussion/report, they have the legal authority to ask for more information — this is where records are beneficial.
Unschooling is recognised as a valid method of home education. You’ll need to elaborate on the learning opportunities and resources provided and could provide photo evidence etc.
A review will check you are delivering an education, it will not assess the child. i.e. you cannot fail a review on the basis of a child’s lack of progress.
You choose a period over which you can demonstrate the education. That could be anything from details of a week to a report on a year (but that’s report on a year, do not submit a year’s worth of work or records!)
Things don’t have to look like school to be educational, think of all the activities and excursions you do – check our list to jog your memory.
What if your child has specific learning needs that mean you aren’t covering all 8 KLAs? Again, that’s fine: you need to report on how you are meeting the regulations in the context of your child. You can choose any reporting method, state your child’s circumstances (no medical evidence required) and report accordingly e.g. the spreadsheet report is for a child with Down Syndrome.