Are you looking into homeschooling in Tasmania? Many feel a little daunted when the first begin. There’s a lot of jargon very specific to Tas homeschooling and it can be hard to get your head around it all. However, it’s really not as scary as many think.
Disclaimer: This is not legal advice but information from my own research and experience.
Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschooling in TAS
Here is a quick overview of the basic facts that you need to understand for homeschooling in Tasmania.
I’ll start with a few frequently asked questions. If you have questions that do not appear here please add them to the comments section of this post.
Do I Need To Register?
If you live in Tasmania and plan on homeschooling your child then the Tasmanian Education Act of of 2016 states it is a legal requirement to register to homeschool from ages 5 to 17 – if your child is not enrolled in distance education,
or at a school.
Can I Homeschool Part Time?
Yes, you can send your children to school for up to 2 days when homeschooling in Tasmania.
When Can I Remove My Kids From School?
Provisional registration when homeschooling in Tasmania can be done quite quickly if necessary (about a week). If you require a fast registration be sure to mention this in your application.
Can I Travel and Get Registered?
Yes, but there must be intent to return to Tasmania.
What If My Child Has Special Needs?
Many parents who are homeschooling in Tasmania have children with special needs; you can to adapt your curriculum to suit your child’s needs.
Homeschooling in Tasmania – The Registration Process
On the Office of Education Registrar’s (OER) website you will find the nitty-gritty details for homeschooling in Tasmania registration but I’ll give you the simplified version.
STEP ONE: Download and fill in your registration form from the OER Website.
To register to homeschool in Tasmania you’ll need to gather a few documents:
- Your child’s birth certificate. A certified copy of the original
- Proof that you are a resident in Tasmania such as a drivers license
- Something to show from the school if they have come from school. If they haven’t been to school or it is a new registration. If you have an then that is not needed.
- If you have court orders regarding the care of your child you’ll also need to give details about that.
STEP TWO: Start preparing your documentation. You’ll need:
- A Home Education Summary and Program HESP ( Home Education Summary and Program)
- A plan or method for recording learning activities.
- A plan or method for recording achievement and progress.
I’m really in love with the literature rich style of My Homeschool. I can see the benefit and how it will help us be closer as a family. I have a 3 month old as well and this style lends itself to the busy mum. ? GREAT WORK!!!I really like the links within the weekly lesson plans. While I love having a book in my hands, it is great if we are out or I don’t have the resource close by, to be able to click on it and use it. My son also likes to click on them and have a perusal before we start. For him it’s not hard to find what we are doing for the week as it is mostly all there laid out.
We are absolutely loving Dot & the Kangaroo!! what a gorgeous story, my children are captivated!!
Really loving A Book for Kids poetry. Puts a smile on our faces.
I am using it to teach 2 children. The only reason I am finding the workload heavy is because I have a 3-month-old. He hasn’t been well (silent reflux), so trying to fit everything in when I have a sick baby has been hard. I have chosen to purchase a course for my younger and give my eldest extension type work. This seems to be working so far. I am loving that I can teach them together, as it feels more like “family learning” rather than “school learning” to me. We are doing it together!!
Filling Out Your Homeschooling in Tasmania Registration Form
I encourage you to make your HESP your own and make it suit you. You will still be responsible for your child’s registration.
Your Home Education Summary and Program (HESP) requires specific documentation. A template can be downloaded from their website.
They want you to fill it out using their headings. However it does not say this form is compulsory. They state it “may be used as a guide to develop your Home Education Summary and Program,” so as long as you have included the topics they want covered you can still use our plans. The orange topics are covered in your My Homeschool Plans when you buy one of our Graded Courses.
Here are some tips on filling out your HESP:
- Diverse learning needs: Here you assess your child’s specific needs. If they don’t have any you can leave this blank but if they do have specific issues you can add them here.
- Research: What reason made you decide to use My Homeschool?
- Pedagogy: Means they ideology and methods behind your teaching style. For this course you could say: “My Homeschool courses are literature rich in their approach. They use ideas from Charlotte Mason and other experienced home educators. This course encourages the Classics whilst also giving free time for delight-directed learning. Free home educator training is provided with the courses. There are also options for children to make their own choices. “
Why will this work for your child? This is a popular method that is working for many children.
- Literacy: this program has a high literacy standard. It includes living books, read-alouds, personal reading, poetry and classics.
- Numeracy: You put in here the math program of your choice and why you chose it. Also add some discussion on practical ways to work on numeracy.
- Range of Learning Areas:Use the Yearly Program we have provided with your course.
- Well-being: Discuss your child’s activities of daily living and how you plan on nurturing their well-being and ensuring their safety.
- Interpersonal Skills: Discuss socialisation and where your children are getting it. If you are part of a Church, sporting or other community mention that.
- Future Directions: This only needs to be addressed if your child is over 13. This might include plans for tertiary education or employment.
- Evaluation: How will you keep records? With My Homeschool you make term assessments and get reports. You are also encouraged to make a portfolio of their work.
Is Homeschooling in Tasmania Sounding Too Hard?
I know many of you are starting to think this is all too difficult (unless you’re a teacher or planning fanatic and this excites you), so here are a few options:
1. My Homeschool Graded Courses
My Homeschool is a complete syllabus for Australian homeschoolers that has been used for registration by Tasmanian homeschoolers. We have done most of the planning and curriculum for you. You just need to add specifics for your child. Our graded courses also provide you with templates and a Getting Registered Course that will make it much easier.
2. DIY Plan and Guide
If you want to plan your own curriculum and write up your own homeschool plan, these guides will give you some suggestions and help you familiarise yourself with the Australian Curriculum.
My Homeschool Registration Help
When using My Homeschool Curriculum Packages we make the process easy.
In each purchased grade we have already prepared a basic yearly plan as a Word docx. for you to download and modify for your registration just add the details required in their guide:
- Your child’s name,
- A short blurb on your child’s specific learning needs including giftedness,
- Any medical or psychological conditions your child may have,
- Special activities that you plan for the year,
- If you plan on making additions to our program or tweaking them you can also modify the plan.
You can also add the My Homeschool Scope and Sequence for the years you are teaching.