Children with Disabilities & Additional Needs

Working with home educated children and young people with disability and additional needs.


It is important when dealing with educational regulatory bodies to know the rights of children and young people with disability and additional  needs in order  to adequately and fairly  provide optimal educational opportunities  for these students. With this in mind the HEA has produced a statement to inform both the home education community and the relevant educational  regulatory bodies working with them. This statement outlines  the responsibilities of educational  regulatory bodies and assigned persons and can be  applied to any educational regulatory body within Australia. If you would like to use this statement or would like more information please contact the HEA. 

HERE for the HEA's STATEMENT on DISABILITY AND ADDITIONAL NEEDS

EGM on June 20, 2016

On 20 June 2016 there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting before our regular monthly meeting. This EGM will be held at 8pm Sydney time via teleconference. 

The reason for the EGM is to go over some of our financial reports which were not finalised when we had our Annual General Meeting in March. The reports have progressed enough for us to hear them and put them into our official Meeting Minutes.

If you would like to attend either the EGM or the June HEA Committee meeting you are very welcome to. All HEA members can join in the monthly meetings by contacting the Committee ahead of time so we can give you the dial-in information and codes. Please email by June 20th, 4pm if you would like to attend.

BOSTES review of the Homeschooling Information Package

BoSTES NSW Consultation Brief - Review of the Homeschooling Information Package

In the coming weeks, BoSTES will consult with NSW home educators in relation to the Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package. This process includes meetings held in various locations in NSW as well as an online survey. 

The Information Package (IP) is a guide to what BoSTES currently considers acceptable for registration, basically the 'rules' of registration. In 2013, the IP was changed dramatically, resulting in many home educators (even the very experienced) reporting difficulty with the registration process. Since 2013, HEA has recommended that all home educators have a support person to assist them with registration. This is not ideal and not always possible. The new IP ideally would be a document that clearly explains the registration process, acknowledges the variety of learning and education styles of home educating families and creates a balance between compliance and support. This consultation process is our chance to have a say in shaping the new IP to suit the unique needs of home educators, needs which are quite different to school-based education. HEA has collated some points to consider for consultation meetings and in the online survey. This is by no means an exhaustive list but rather reflects the common complaints that HEA has heard in the past few years since the 2013 IP has been in use.  (read more....)

Our Submission to the Review of Tasmania's Draft Education Bill 2016

The HEA sent an extensive feedback submission to Tasmania Department of Education for the Review of the Draft Education Bill 2016. You can read the submission HERE.

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SURVEY to help inform BOSTES Review Panel

Online Survey Now Open for Consultation regarding BOSTEShttp://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2728846/BOSTES-Review 

*The survey includes specific homeschooling/registration questions* (select 'Parent')

The NSW Minister for Education has commissioned a review of BOSTES to ensure its current role, membership functions and structure continue to best serve the community of NSW into the future by setting high and consistent education standards, building the best quality teaching and associated workforce and improving outcomes for all students. (more info: http://bostesreview.nsw.edu.au/)

The Review Panel invites those involved in schooling in NSW and other interested parties to contribute their thoughts to the BOSTES Review.

The Review Panel invites teachers, principals, parents and senior secondary students to contribute their comments to the BOSTES Review by completing a short online survey available at BOSTES Review.

The survey, which is being conducted by Nous Group on behalf of the Panel, takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and responses will be not be individually identified. The survey closes on Thursday 5 May 2016.

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