Sunday, 5 June 2016

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....)