Homeschooling NT – The Essential Parents’ Guide

Homeschooling in the Northern Territory has become increasingly popular in recent times, providing a new way of learning for students, and new possibilities for parents and guardians. With many families living in remote areas, distance learning and homeschooling are practical, and very successful solutions. 

Homeschooling 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. Applications for Homeschooling in NT are managed through the Department of Education.

Applying for Exemption with the Northern Territory Department of Education and Child Development

It is a legal requirement to go through the correct processes and to liaise with the Northern Territory Department of Education. The first step when looking into homeschooling in the Northern Territory is understanding the registration process and how this differs from other states. In the Northern Territory, you need to remain enrolled in a school and then apply for an exemption.  The processing of your application can take up to a month, and can only begin to be processed once all of the supporting documents have been submitted. For new assessments, this must be completed by the end of January, so it is worth planning in advance.

This is the link to the Home Education Exemption Application Form. 

Curriculum requirements for Homeschooling in NT

There is a broad requirement to link your programme of learning to the Australian Curriculum or an alternative curriculum approved by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and this will ensure you are providing not only a balanced learning experience, but will also assist with your application assessment. The only exception to this rule is if you have been granted an exemption by the Department of Education.  A starting point for key subjects to cover are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (including physics, chemistry and biology)
  • Humanities and social sciences (including history, geography, economics, business, civics and citizenship)
  • The Arts
  • Languages
  • Health and physical education
  • Information and Communication Technology, and design and technology.

Ensuring you take a methodical approach to the application process can greatly assist with navigating the application for homeschool registration.

Homeschooling NT Assessment and Reporting Requirements

At times, homeschooling parents and caregivers may need to provide proof of a structured education plan 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. 

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

Homeschooling in NT FAQs

How much time do I need to teach each subject?

There is no hard and fast rule on specific time allocations, just 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.

What is the difference between distance learning and homeschooling?

Distance learning is education under the auspices of a school and you are required to use pre-determined materials and curriculum. This is of benefit in some respects – providing resources and support, but you will lose the independence and flexibility of planning your own curriculum. 

How can EP help me to deliver a homeschool programme in the Northern Territory?

Many programmes are 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 provides fantastic pre-assessment data and can help with common tests like NAPLAN, and ensuring that there is a measure of progress that is easily viewed.

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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!