Homeschooling NSW – The Essential Parents’ Guide

Homeschooling in NSW  has become increasingly popular over the past two years. The pandemic has been a catalyst, at first forcing us into new ways of operating, and then demonstrating the benefits of home education for some children.

With work and family life becoming increasingly flexible, it is no surprise that registrations have increased from approximately 6,000 homeschooled students pre-pandemic to well over 9000 registered students in October of 2021. It can be a daunting prospect to consider, but taking a methodical approach and gaining a thorough understanding of the requirements will give you the confidence to try homeschooling and to see how you can design a curriculum and content plan that suits your family’s needs.

Registering for Homeschooling with the NSW Education Standards Authority

The first step when looking into homeschooling in NSW is understanding the registration process. Parents and caregivers can register their children for homeschooling if they turn five on or before July 31 of the year of application, and have until they are six to be either enrolled at a registered school or registered for homeschooling.

This is the link to the Home Education Application Form. 

NSW Curriculum requirements for Homeschooling

There are six basic subjects that are required by the NSW homeschool curriculum. They are: English, Mathematics, Science & Technology, HSIE (History, Geography, Commerce, Aboriginal Studies or Work Studies), Creative and Practical Arts, and PD, Health & PE.

The application requires the following:

• A description of your Key Learning Areas

A description of the resources and reference materials you have available to teach your child, and an explanation of how you intend to use them

• Short and long-term educational goals for your childA description of the resources and reference materials you have available to teach your child, and an explanation of how you intend to use them

• An example of a special project or topic plan covering learning goals, resources, teaching methods, progress and achievement measures

• A description of how you intend to measure and record progress and achievement in relation to the learning goals

• A demonstration of regularity – when, how often and for how long you will teach your child.

At first impression, this can seem daunting, but gaining an understanding of the support materials available, and a methodical approach to the application process can greatly assist with navigating the application for exemption process.

Homeschooling NSW Support Groups

One of the common concerns from parents who are interested in homeschooling is around socialisation and ensuring that children have access to extra-curricular activities.

There are a number of after school activities and a range of support groups available in every major city, and many regional centres throughout Australia. Scouts, Guides, cadets, ballet and music classes, swimming lessons, sports clubs, and other online groups around areas of interest ensure that homeschooled children have just as busy and enriched a schedule as their traditionally schooled counterparts. Many areas have online groups that get together on a regular basis for activities, field trips, or even school camps.

NSW Assessment and Reporting Requirements

At times, homeschooling parents and caregivers may need to provide proof of a structured programme and of recorded process. Online platforms such as Education Perfect that keep a record of all the subjects covered alongside any assessments completed can help with demonstrating progression as a part of a holistic learning programme. This may be as simple as referring to the objectives, taking photos of learning activities, or dating samples throughout the year to demonstrate procession.

See how to use EP to help plan your homeschool curriculum. 

FAQs for Homeschooling NSW

Is homeschooling right for my family?

Homeschooling is an excellent alternative for parents who want to provide their children with a well-rounded education that explores non-traditional content and offers flexibility in the mode of delivery and timetable. To be successful at this, you will need commitment and dedication from both yourself as well as other members of the community or family.

What about Year 11 and 12?

Some parents worry that when their students reach high school, homeschooling may become difficult, and they may not have the skills to teach to higher levels. The NESA website will have a full syllabus outline of the aims, objectives, and outcomes for Year 11 and 12 and this is a good place to help plan the educational outcome. Simply select the learning area and then the relevant objectives under the syllabus outline.

Online platforms and resources are available to a high level, and if your student has the ability to work well at home they will find this a manageable transition. Many top-level junior athletes homeschool for the flexibility that it offers.

How much time do I need to teach each subject?

There is no hard and fast rule on specific time allocations. Make sure that you meet the requirements provided in the curriculum. The time you spend on each subject or module depends on your child’s needs, their progression, and where they need support. Get as much support as you need. Connect with other homeschooling parents – different strengths can create support systems for different subjects.

How can EP help me to deliver a homeschool programme in NSW?

There are a lot of programmes available, and leveraging technology as a part of a holistic homeschool programme can be highly effective. For example, EP records every question answered, minute spent learning, and task and assessment that your child completes.

This information is invaluable when it comes to reporting time, and helps to plan a sequence of content. There is real-time tracking of progress and it is easy to see at a snapshot how your child is progressing. This can help with planning future lessons that are tailor-made, and also assess how effective the programme is at catering to weaknesses and strengths.

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Why Use EP to Homeschool?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!

Why Use EP to Homeschool?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!