Home Schooling

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Purpose of this policy

To ensure that all children have access to high quality education.

Policy

Principals should advise parents/guardians proposing to home school their child:

  • of the home schooling requirements under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006  
  • that they can request partial enrolment at a school for their child for specific activities
  • that they must apply to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) for registration.

Definition

Home schooling parents/guardians assume overall responsibility for their child’s educational program.

Note: Parents have the right to choose an appropriate education for their children.

This table describes the forms that home schooling may and may not take.

Home schooling Take the form of
may
  • a broad spectrum of styles, ranging from informal learning approaches to formal curriculum programs.
  • a parent or both parents instructing their child
  • groups of home schooling families coming together for social activities with an educational purpose
  • attending excursions and playing sport
  • a tutor being employed by the parent in specialised learning areas.
may not a 'quasi' school arrangement where an instructor or teacher is employed to instruct a group of students:
  • in the eight nationally-recognised key learning areas
  • away from the home base
  • during normal school hours.
In this situation normal school registration processes apply.

Registration process

Parents/guardians apply to the VRQA for registration by:

  • providing evidence of date of birth
  • attesting that:
    • the child will receive regular, high quality instruction in the eight learning areas in Schedule 1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006
    • learning will be consistent with the principles of Australian democracy.

For full details about home school and partial enrolment see: Home schooling.

Related legislation

  • Education and Training Reform Act 2006