Find out about homeschooling Queensland including:
- Part Time homeschooling Queensland
- Distance education or Home Schooling in Queensland – Is there a difference?
- How to remove your children from school to homeschool in QLD
- Queensland Home Education Unit (HEU) requirements
- Tips for registration by documentation
- Writing up your report for the HEU
Disclaimer: This is not legal advice but information from my own research and experience.
Homeschooling in Queensland is legal and the registration process by documentation. No visit to your home is required.
The Queensland Department of Education does say it is a legal requirement to register to homeschool from ages 6 to 16. Having said that some homeschoolers do not register as they feel it is a parent’s right to educate their children. It’s your decision how you wish to approach this issue.
Part Time Homeschooling Qld
In Queensland simultaneous enrolment in school and homeschool is not an option, however you may be permitted to participate in some school classes but not be officially enrolled. This option needs to be negotiated with individual schools and is up to the principal’s discretion. A fee may also be required.
Queensland Distance Education or Home Schooling
Queensland correspondence schools are a popular choice for many families with around 3500 students enrolled in the Christian homeschooling distance education schools alone.
- Public distance education schools lists and contacts
- Christian distance education providers lists and contacts
However Distance Education is quite different to homeschooling because you use pre determined curriculum and you are under the supervision of a school. In order to stay accredited these schools are required to comply with the Australian National Curriculum. This usually means that you lose the flexibility you have when determining your own curriculum, you also gain the advantage of not having to put in the effort to plan your own curriculum. Registration is often avoided but some distance education schools require you to register with the Home Education Unit as well.
When you home school without enrolling with a distance education school you maintain your independence and flexibility. You are also not required to follow the Australian National Curriculum (at this stage).
- My Homeschool is a new option for those wanting a planned curriculum without registering for distance education.
When Can I Remove My Kids from School
When you make your application to homeschool you automatically are given a provisional registration and you can remove your children from school. This lasts for 60 days while they asses your application.
If you want to remove your child before you put in your application it is up to you. Whilst the Education Department doesn’t recommend it they don’t forbid it either!
If you only plan to homeschool temporarily or you are travelling there is another option for homeschooling Queensland called exemption from school.
Can I Get A Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) When I Homeschool?
When you choose to homeschool you can’t get a QCE, however your children can study for a QCE alternative that can lead towards an Overall Position (OP).
Here are some alternative paths.
- CATP Certificate IV
- Unilearn at TAFE
- The STAT test is accepted for some universities – conditions apply.
- University Tertiary Prep course – here is the one at Queensland University
- Open University – both my children used this option at 16 and they were subsequently able to get into the University courses that they wanted.
- Youth With A Mission – their discipleship training courses are Certificate III and they also offer some Certificate IV courses.
- Choose to go to school or distance education for Year 11 and 12
How To Register For Homeschooling Queensland
To register you need to fill in an application form the Queensland Home Education Unit (HEU) and be a Queensland resident. The initial homeschooling Queensland application form does not require you to send in an educational plan. Once the form is sent back to the HEU and you get a provisional registration (about 2 working days later) which lasts for 60 days. During this provisional registration period you need to gather begin compiling your registration documents.
After the provisional registration you are required to send in application for a Certificate in Home Education. Once granted this certificate lasts 12 months. Registration is continuous however you are required to send in a report of progress every 12 months.
This application requires you to demonstrate how you plan to provide a high quality education for your child.
The following details need to be included in your documentation:
- general details of your child
- An individualised education program tailored to a child’s need.
- A way to monitor educational progress
- Provision of a suitable environment for homeschooling.
Preparing Your Documents For Queensland Homeschooling Registration
Whilst I am not a Queenslander I have had to submit my homeschool application via documentation. I’ve also collected ideas from other Queensland homeschooling mums who are registered with the HEU.
Here is a real life HEU report example for a seven year old girl written by her mother Alexis. It was approved by the HEU June 2014.
Below are a collection of tips and ideas for how you might like to tackle the application.
There is no perfect plan and there are many myths and time wasters when it comes to homeschool planning.
Many examples are given on the Queensland Department of Education site for an educational plan. No doubt they were written by teachers who know all the educational lingo and feel comfortable with that. However they are a little off-putting because they go very thoroughly into the syllabus and curriculum. Quite a few homeschool mums suggest that you avoid using the templates and make your own plan.
To help you get organised I suggest you make your own homeschool planner
This part of your documentation will probably be quite similar each year. I suggest you use the following subheadings and write a few sentences on each of these topics:
- General details of your child – age etc.
- Educational Philosophy – refer to your homeschool method or how you plan on providing a quality education.
- Special learning needs – including social, physical & academic. If there is a specific learning issue you are trying to tackle address it here.
- Mention what you will be doing to meet the social and physical needs of your child.
- Learning environment – part of the requirements for homeschooling in Queensland is that you have a place where your child can complete their lessons. You don’t need to have a dedicated room to homeschool. You just need to demonstrate that you are organised to homeschool.
To satisfy this requirement you will need to have made some decisions on what curriculum you want to use and you will have to document that.
Please note it is not compulsory to follow the Australian National Curriculum when Homeschooling in Queensland.
The Queensland Department of Education’s website examples do reference the ANC and the Queensland syllabus however the application form does not state you need to follow them. It just says you need to “provide a high quality education”. You are encouraged to use the curriculum as a support document. If you plan on following the Australian National Curriculum (ANC) you could also mention it briefly here.
If you are using set curriculum like ACE with lots of American content the main thing you need to remember is that you need to add some Australian content in your curriculum.
These guides will help you familiarise yourself with the Australian Curriculum and get some ideas for using it in your homeschool.
Use subject planning pages for each subject and set a goal for what you want to achieve for the year and then jot down the resources you plan on using.
You do not need to keep exactly to a curriculum. It is just a starting point. You will find as you homeschool your curriculum ideas will change as you work out the needs of your students.
You can summarise your subjects into the following areas:
7. Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
8. Languages (not compulsory but you may want to include it).
After your initial registration of 12 months you will be required to submit a yearly report to the HEU. I suggest you keep a portfolio for your child throughout the year. Portfolios are also an excellent keepsake.
In your report to the HEU you will need:
- Another yearly plan – you can use the same procedure you used for your first plan. You may also wish to comment on your previous plan and the adjustments you made.
- Work Samples – you need to show six samples of your child’s work (2 English, 2 Math and 2 your own choice). Although you will be able to see improvements, and progress in your child, that will not be enough to satisfy the HEU. You will need to document this. Think of this requirement as a school report. These work samples should be comparable and show progress so it is best to use a sample from the beginning and end of the year. You should give a short explanation of the samples. Collecting these samples does require you to think ahead.
You May Also Be Interested In
- Connect with other Queensland homeschoolers on this forum to ask more questions.
- Fuss Free Record Keeping to give more ideas on writing up your records
- Christian Homeschooling In Australia
- Getting Organised to Homeschool