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, […]
November 18, 2019

2019 HEN Survey

HEN surveys the home education community to help shape our future work. While we operate mainly in Victoria, our stats can be useful to home educators anywhere in Australia. HEN works hard for the home ed community. If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining. Membership is only $25 per year including digital Otherways Magazine (or $45 with printed copies). 2019 results: and […]
July 29, 2019

The Effectiveness of Home Education

By Sue Wight Whether we home educate from the start or as a result of school problems, we observe our kids learning firsthand. Most of the time, that’s all the evidence we need. But many of us have occasional doubts and have relatives who want to know if we are limiting the children’s future. Governments and media also want solid data on home education […]
March 7, 2019

Home Ed Registration Numbers 2018

Glenda Jackson has compiled a rundown on registration figures for 2018 around Australia.
March 7, 2019

Home Education Outcomes

The following information is available about the academic outcomes of home education in Australia: The education departments of three states are known to have examined educational outcomes of home educated students through NAPLAN testing etc. Those studies have only been released via freedom of Information requests. NSW BOSTES study on NSW NAPLAN, Year 10 and Year 12 results students being home educated plus those […]
January 3, 2018

The effectiveness of HEN

HEN has a long and proud history of standing up for home educators’ rights in Victoria. Documents obtained under Freedom of Information during our regulations campaign confirm HEN’s continued advocacy has been very effective in keeping legal requirements reasonable over the years. Amongst reasons noted for the lower regulation in Victoria compared to other states is: Homeschooling advocates have been influential in their resistance to any moves […]
January 23, 2016

Other Ways

By Dindy Vaughan Not every child is happy at school. Some struggle along grudgingly, some fight the system, some opt out and refuse to achieve; and mostly their parents worry. In many cases it comes down to ‘school refusal’. The state of Victoria currently has not hundreds, but thousands of school-age children who are simply refusing to go. The majority are not rabble-rousers and […]
August 28, 2015

Victorian Home Education History

Victoria has always been the easiest state to home educate in and we have fought hard over the years to keep it that way. Up until 2006, it was allowable under a combination of the Victorian Education Act 1958 and The Community Services Act 1970 which stated parents had to send their children to school or ensure they were receiving ‘efficient and regular instruction in some […]