Getting Started with Homeschooling in Western Australia
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 Western Australia. Secondly, you aren't alone in your decision to home educate! There are hundreds of families registered as home educators in WA. 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 home educating is by reading as much as you can about it. 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 .
Families intending to home educate in Western Australia are encouraged to join the Home Based Learning Network of WA website www.hbln.org.au for information and support before contacting the Education Department and applying for approval to home educate. The Law and Home Education page is particularly useful.
Information about how to register as a home educator can be found at www.det.wa.edu.au/education/homeeducation/registration.htm. Under the School Education Act 1999 all children falling within the compulsory education period (6.6 to 17 years) are required to be enrolled in an approved educational/training program. Parents who wish to educate their children from home are required to apply to be registered as the children's home educator. They need to apply by the last Friday in February in the first year of registration, or within fourteen (14) days of the last day on which the child was recorded as attending a school.
In Western Australia the home education learning program must comply with the minimum curriculum framework for WA: www.curriculum.wa.edu.au/internet/Years_K10/Curriculum_Resources .
Responsibility for monitoring home education programs falls to home education moderators. Families need to arrange for an evaluation within three months of the date of registration, and at least once in each 12 month period thereafter. Evaluation can take place in the family home or a mutually agreed location.
Once the application for registration has been processed families receive their Certificate of Home Education and a copy of the Curriculum Framework.
There is an appeals process if your registration is cancelled.
Details of the relevant policy and procedures can be found at http://policies.det.wa.edu.au.
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!
You will find a list of current and updated homeschooling and unschooling support groups in our free download The Educating Parent Resource Directory.
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Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.
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.
I am currently giving this site a much needed facelift!
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We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since 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. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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