Welcome to the World of Home Education and Learning Without School!
We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
Getting Started with Homeschooling in the Northern Territory
Congratulations on your decision to teach your children at home!
My name is Beverley Paine and I began home educating in 1985, which means my three children are now all adults. They are all happy they had the opportunity to learn at home and in the community rather than at school.
First of all I'd like to reassure you that homeschooling is a legal alternative to school based education for children in the NT. Secondly, you aren't alone in your decision to home educate! There are very many other families home educating in the NT. You can find several homeschooling support groups listed in our Resource Directory and these offer companionship and support for parents and children, as well as educational opportunities, excursions, activities and camps. Home educators seek the best education possible for their children and make use of the whole community, learning from many sources and in many different environments, as well as the home.
A good place to start homeschooling is by reading as much as you can about home education. It will be daunting at first because there is SO much information! There are hundreds of free articles on this website to get you started! Click on articles index to be taken to our sitemap and then select the category and you'll be taken to a list of articles on that topic.
There is a small but growing body of literature available in home education in Australia: see Summary of Australian Research on Home Education .
Please refer to the Education Act, section 21, http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nt/consol_act/ea104/ 21.1(1)(b) custodial parents 'may provide education for the child, which is efficient and suitable'. The Act requires parents to obtain consent in writing from the Secretary of Dept of Education after consideration of a prepared report by delegated officers. Application forms should be returned to Project Office, School Operations, process includes a home visit.
Reviewed and renewed annually; portfolio of student work samples must be submitted. The approval process includes an appraisal of the suitability of the learning environment and your confidence and capability as educator. You'll need to prepare a learning program covering the the period of registration. You will also need to demonstrate how your children's educational progress will be monitored and evaluated. You may need to explain how you will provide appropriate social interaction with other children for your children.
Department of Education and Training Information Booklet for Home Education at www.det.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/2651/information_booklet_for_parents.pdf
Some tips for applying for registration as a home educator:
Once you have contacted the education authority it generally takes 3-4 weeks to get approval to home educate. Sometimes it can take longer if there is a backlog of applications and reviews to process.
You may be asked for your reason to home educate your children. Be positive and assertive: “We believe that we can give our child the best education possible, with access to quality resources and materials, individual learning programs, group learning and social opportunities.”
When dealing with the authorities:
Removing your child from school:
Some final advice:
I've written quite a few books and booklets for Aussie homeschoolers - links to these can be found in the right hand column on this page. I take a personalized approach to education and my book Getting Started with Homeschooling is a practical manual that describes how you can write your own learning programs and build your own curriculum to suit your family and your individual children rather than buying one off the shelf. A do-it-yourself curriculum isn't hard to create and doesn't take long to do. Visit other homeschooling families and join a support group so that you can see how easy it really is!
If you wish to share your experiences as a home educator or would like to make contact with other homeschooling families in your area please consider listing yourself as a contact person on our support groups page.
I am looking for a volunteer to help write the NT information section of The Educating Parent website. If you are interested, please email. In the meantime I am collecting links to information that may be helpful.
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Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active support of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
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