Home Educators Leading the Way

For the first time in 100 years, home education becomes mainstream.

As Corona Virus shuts down whole countries, there is a mass migration back to the home for Generation Z and away from their institutional educations at school.

A highly successful Facebook group run by an admin team of experienced and dedicated Australian home educators was formed quickly to help support families suddenly finding themselves at home with their children for up to 6 months. Home school due to Virus & School Closures In Australia Facebook page has been populated with free education support pages and online services. There is a buzz of support for how to reconnect with their children whilst also trying to understand how to continue to educate them without the help of the schools.

This is an amazing opportunity for home educators across the world to show mainstreamers how different education can look. Do our children need to do book work to still be learning? What will happen to our senior student’s chances of getting into university next year? Is free play really ok?

Jump online and join the new Facebook group to get the best out of your time at home with your children.

Ed Consult. Supporting Home Educators Across Australia.

Free Stuff

It isn’t often that home educators become eligible for any financial support, but with #Coronavirus on the rampage, online education sites are opening their doors to new subscriptions for free for a period of time. Here is the big list:

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What Have We Learnt with Ed Consult this February 2020?

There is so much to learn about home education in Australia. In February 2020, there was a focus on HSIE – Geography and History as well as a Tertiary Education Mini Series and some helpful blogs on satellite internet, dealing with prejudice and the home educated child’s edge, time. Here is a list so you can stay informed and up to date.

Tertiary Education Special

A Focus on Geography / History and the NSW HSIE KLA

Technical and Personal Support Blogs for the Home Educator in Australia

And the Latest Videos from the Ed Consult YouTube Channel

Remember to hit the subscribe button to stay up to date with the latest video release.

If you have any particular home education issue relevant to Australia that you would like to know more about, or you think needs to be clarified in the community, then leave a comment below or send a message to contact@edconsult.com.au

Ed Consult. Supporting Home Educators Across Australia.

Aboriginal Tale a Geology Lesson with Australian Indigenous History all in one

Long ago, four giant beings arrived in southeast Australia. Three strode out to other parts of the continent, but one crouched in place. His body transformed into a volcano called Budj Bim, and his teeth became the lava the volcano spat out.

Told by the Aboriginal Gunditjmara people of south west Victoria

Is an Aboriginal tale of an ancient volcano the oldest story ever told?

By Colin BarrasFeb. 11, 2020 , 5:40 PM

This article explores the fascinating link between the tale of the Gunditjmara people of the four giants and the rapid formation of the Tower Hill volcano 37,000 years ago, creating the possibility of this story being the oldest story in human history. Supporting evidence of human occupation in the area includes the discovery of an axe head covered in a layer of volcanic ash from that period.

For home educators, a cross curricular approach to education is always the most effective way to learn about something new. Read here for more information. Read a brief version of the original story with indigenous language included in the telling.

By exploring this story with your children, you will be covering science through geology, history through learning about human artefacts buried deep in the ground and their significance, Language Other Than English (LOTE) through exposure to the Gunditjmara story, and gain a better appreciation of how rich the knowledge that has been preserved through the longest continuous culture in the world can be. All this learning can be translated across all stages of the Australian Curriculum to suit the learning needs of the student.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority recognises two distinct needs in the Australian Curriculum:

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in the curriculum of each of the learning areas, can fully participate in the curriculum and can build their self-esteem.
• The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority is designed for all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

“We’re always amazed with … new technologies that prove the brilliance of our ancestors.”

Damein Bell, CEO of the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

If you are on Facebook, it is well worth joining the Home School Maths & Science group to learn more about teaching science and maths in the home.

Ed Consult. Supporting Home Educators Across Australia.

Update on Sky Muster Education Ports for Regional Internet Access

This is a reminder for the parents of Australian Home Educated Students that they along with their Distance Education peers can access the nbn Sky Muster Education Port for internet access with up to 3 dedicated 50G download limit separate from the household connection.

It is a big thank you to the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association for pushing for this equity of access.

This is a huge win for remote home educators. In the past, families would be sharing, on average, 20G per month with speeds under 1mpps on their satellite NBN. This would place a great deal of difficulty of trying to allocate the download resources for all the family’s needs.

Sky Muster Education Ports provide internet access for students without access to wired NBN, which is more expensive, and has only a limited download. The Education Port is only available on the NBN Sky Muster satellite service.

Home Education Students (Pre K -12) who have registered with their State Education Department and are in receipt of the Federal Government’s Geographically Isolated AIC Allowance, may now apply to a Retail (Internet) Service Provider for access to the NBN Sky Muster Education Port.

Equally, Students (Pre K -12) who have a medical condition and are in receipt of the Medical AIC Allowance living in an NBN Sky Muster designated area, may now also apply to a Retail (Internet) Service Provider (RSP) for access too.

Stay tuned for more information on access for other regional home educators. And viewers, please do let us know at contact@edconsult.com.au if there are any changes to this scheme.

Here are some details:

1.       Student’s Home Education registration and AIC status will be verified as part of the approval process. Regular audits will be conducted to confirm the status of Students.

2.       It is the Parent’s / Carer’s responsibility to advise RSPs when Students complete their education or change their status e.g. move to Distance Education or into non-home based education.

3.       Students who have been approved for access to the Education port are allocated 50 Gigs per month. That can be used at any time of the day for Education purposes.

4.       Up to 3 students (50 Gigs each) can be connected as standard. 1 Student is approx. $40 – 50 per month, 2 Students are approx. $70 per month, 3 Students are approx. $90 per month. Check the pricing with the individual RSPs as they vary.

5.       If there are more than 3 students at a site, special arrangements will be made to accommodate them. This may alter how the tariff is charged.

6.       If the school room is in a house with an existing Sky Muster service, the Education port will be attached to that service. If the School House is remote from the house, then a standalone Sky Muster service could be provided at that location. It can have a Standard + Education service or just an Education service.

You cannot have 2 Sky Muster services on the same building.

7.       Depending on the number of Students and the configuration of the internet installation, it may be necessary to purchase a Router to connect Student devices to the Sky Muster service.

8.       All costs associated with the Education Port are the responsibility of the parents / carers.

For more details about this scheme, please see the information including web links for 6 Rural Service Providers (RSP) who sell the Education Port.

For some general information from the launch of the NBN Sky Muster Education Port click here

Ed Consult. Supporting Home Educators Across Australia.

The Home Educated Students’ Edge … Time

Time to be quiet. Time to stretch and yawn. Time to think. Time to be absorbed. Time to grow. Time to search. Time to imagine. Time to experiment. Time to explore. Time to move. Time to excel.

And all without the interruption of a bell!

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Home educated kids do not have to wake up at a certain time, or eat at a certain time, or start a learning opportunity at a certain time, or go to the toilet at a certain time.

Home educated kids can speed up their learning or slow it down. They can work while school is on and study on the weekends. Home educated kids can start university as soon as they are ready to. All this without the constraints of the K to 12 standard school system.

Home educated kids have the edge over their schooled cousins. They have time to explore and potentially realise their true, authentic selves and reach their goals, perhaps years before their peers have even finished year 12. In fact, the old notion of staying in school until year 12 is rapidly becoming a disadvantage for many, while the “school drop out” is gaining an edge in an increasingly unstructured and self-directed world.

A great example of the benefits of time was seen with home educated Billie Eilish’s recent sweeping wins at the Grammy Awards on the 26th January 2020. Click here to read more. In the same interview, Baird stressed the flexibility of homeschooling for parents and children alike.

Everybody’s always out doing things, traveling, going places, meeting for classes, and organizing field trips. It’s like going to college. You take what you want, where you want it, and you find what you need…Homeschooling allows us to let them do the things that they really love to do and not have a giant academic schedule on top of it.

Maggie Baird – mother of Billie Eilish

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What Have We Learnt with Ed Consult this January 2020?

There is so much to learn about home education in Australia. Since the launch December 26th, 2019, there have been over 20 blog posts and just in case you missed out on some of it, here is a list so you can stay informed and up to date.

NSW In Focus – Learn about the numbers, the registration process and TAFE Update.

A Load of General Home Education Support Blogs

Victoria in Focus – Learn about how many and possible funding discussions

And the Launch of the New Ed Consult YouTube Channel

Remember to hit the subscribe button to stay up to date with the latest video release.

If you have any particular home education issue relevant to Australia that you would like to know more about, or you think needs to be clarified in the community, then leave a comment below or send a message to contact@edconsult.com.au

Ed Consult. Supporting Home Educators Across Australia.

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Whether you are pro-regulation in Australia, ambivalent, or positively against any Government interference in the home, this is an interesting read from our cousin home educators in America.

“We” Should Not Regulate Homeschooling by Kerry MacDonald Tuesday, January 7, 2020

“Modern homeschooling encompasses an array of different educational philosophies and practices, from school-at-home methods to unschooling to hybrid homeschooling.”

Ed Consult. Supporting Home Educators Across Australia.

Is Home Education Legal In Australia?

Yes. Home Education is legal to practice in Australia.

There is provision in the Education Act of each state and territory in Australia for parents or guardians of children between the ages 5-6 to a registration period including over 17 years of age.

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Here is a list of all the legislation and regulations that determine your rights as a home educator.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

New South Wales (NSW)

Queensland (QLD)

Victoria (VIC)

  • Education Act 2006
  • Home schooling – as form of compulsory attendance at school 2.1.1 – disclosure of information regarding 4.9.4 – information for school attendance officers 5.8.5 – protection of details of students registered for 4.9.1- registration of students for 4.3.9 – review of decisions regarding 4.8.1

Tasmania (TAS)

South Australia (SA)

Western Australia (WA)

Northern Territory (NT)

There is an academic resource by Glenda Jackson and Sonia Allan, published 2010 which discusses issues of registration and legislation in Australia on home education.

Ed Consult. Supporting Home Educators Across Australia.