Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Push for Legislative Change for Home Education in NSW

Home educating in NSW? This may interest you.

The Office of Board of Studies uploaded their revised Information Pack outlining the changes to the registration requirements for home educating families. Many of the changes have been gradually implemented over the last 18 months or more without notification or consultation. This has caused considerable confusion and distress, particularly when inquiries were made of the OBoS and families were told the 2011 Information Pack was still current and should be used as a guide when preparing applications and renewal reports.

Earlier this year a group of concerned home educators formed a group called the Homeschoolers Regulation Reform Alliance of NSW.  They have put together a survey to gather information from NSW home educators regarding support for legislative change. Your participation is completely anonymous. Please complete the survey before Wednesday 11th September: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HRRAN.

The quest for legislative change will be a measured and ongoing response to a continuing problem many home educators experience in NSW. For many years it has been accepted that it is harder to register as a home educating family in NSW than elsewhere - now the requirements are even more onerous and out of step with the nature of home education, and include an unnecessary and unexplained imposition of increased scrutiny of home education practice.

Please take the time to support HRRAN by completing the survey. And share it with your home educating friends and support groups. Thank you.

Beverley Paine