The latest survey run by Susan Wight of the Home Education Network also known as HEN, a national association for the promotion and support of home education in Australia.
This year’s survey saw the highest participation rates from outside of Victoria with a total of 592 respondents from every state and territory across Australia. It is an anonymous survey as no identifying information was collected. Click here to see the results yourself.
Some of the questions covered included:
- categorising their reason for home educating. 45% stating it was a matter of philosophy and 55% as a response to school experiences.
- The section of the survey for rating the main factor for home educating initially was for “a tailored education”
- whereas the main factor for continuing to home educate was “happier kids” with 223 respondents.
When looking at the different styles of education being provided at home, “Unschooling” is most popular in Victoria and Queensland, and “Project-based learning” is most popular in NSW and Queensland.
The socio-economic status of respondents showed a fairly even spread through low to high household financial status.
The occupation of respondents with the most frequency of 8% was “teacher”.
The registration status of the respondents was around 92% nationally however Queensland had the fewest registered home educators of 74% of respondents.
More survey participants are needed to give a broader view of the actual registration status of home educators in Australia, registered and unregistered. As Susan Wight from HEN said “If we could hit 10% across the country, that would really help home educators in each state make solid arguments when advocating. Without our own stats, the government owns the narrative.”
So stay tuned for the next call for nationwide participation in this important voluntary project to support home education in Australia by the Home Education Network. Subscribe to my blog Ed Consult and this youtube channel to keep informed by clicking on the subscribe button or clicking on the links in the information below this video.
Consider joining the Home Education Network to further support the research and support projects for home educators across Australia. HEN costs only $25 per year for membership with a magazine and tonnes of online support. Click here for more information.
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