Homeschooling in the Northern Territory

Here is a quick overview of the basic facts that you need to understand for home education registration in the Northern Territory.

I’ll start with a few frequently asked questions.

Do I Need To Register?

If you live in Northern Territory and plan on homeschooling your child then the Northern Territory Board of Education states it is a legal requirement to register to homeschool from ages 6 to 17 – if your child is not enrolled in distance education,
or at a school. Having said that some homeschoolers do not register as they feel it is a parent’s right to educate their children.

Can I Homeschool Part Time?

Part time homeschooling in the Northern Territory is available to students in Year 10 – 12. Otherwise it’s not an option.

When Can I Remove My Kids From School?

You are supposed to wait until your registration is approved before you remove your child from school.

I have spoken to a few parents homeschooling in the Northern Territory who have said that they just post in their registration form and then remove their child from school. From the feedback I have received the NT Home Education system is quite broken and it’s set up to suit the NT education staff and not the parents. However because they are quite short staffed they are also quite disorganised and slow to move so don’t be surprised if communication is slow. This process can take 10 weeks and they only have two home education application intakes a year. Some parents get a doctor’s certificate for stress leave for their child until registration is approved.

Where Can I Get Support For Homeschooling in the Norther Territory

If you are looking for some support for homeschooling in the Northern Territory – this FB group of NT homeschoolers is terrific. 

Can I Travel and Get Registered?

In the Northern Territory your homeschool registration does not cover extended travel (6 months travelling around Australia as an example). NT Board of Education suggests that you do distance education while travelling. Because of this silly rule some
homeschoolers choose not to inform the Board of Studies about their travelling plans.

The Registration Process For Homeschooling in the Northern Territory

We know that the registration process can be quite a complicated procedure for new homeschoolers so at My Homeschool we have simplified it for you as much as we can.

You will still be responsible for your child’s registration, however we’ve made it easy.

On the NT Department of Education website you will find the information that will tell you all the nitty-gritty details of registration but I’ll give you the simplified version.

STEP ONE: Download and fill in your registration form from the Northern Territory Home Education Page.

There are two forms; one for initial registration and one for re-registration.

STEP TWO: Start preparing your plan. This will be easy if you are using My Homeschool Courses. In each purchased grade we have prepared a basic yearly plan as a Word docx. for you to download and modify for your registration. It includes a typical weekly plan and yearly time allocation.You just need to add a few details like:

  • Your child’s name
  • A short blurb on your child’s specific learning needs
  • 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. These have been written to comply with the Australian Curriculum and have the Australian curriculum codes for all the subjects.

Add a few sample weekly lesson plans to show your basic timetable. You can make up a suggested timetable as you need to give a timetable as part of your application.

STEP THREE: Send in your plan.

Homeschooling in the Northern Territory – The Registration Visit

STEP FOUR: This step involves your registration assessment visit from a principal or teacher from a local school or a Department of Education officer.

You do not get the principal from the school you have left.

The visiting officer contacts you after you send in your application and they will want to make an appointment. In reality, these visits can take months to arrange. Some parents said they were never contacted others said it was about 6 months until they
were contacted.

A visit takes around one hour.

What Happens On The Visit?

The assessor will come and ask to see your plan and meet your child. They will not test your child. They will ask to see where your child takes their lessons.

What you should show them:

  • Resources you have bought
  • Your homeschool plans form My Homeschool
  • Your My Homeschool weekly planner that you download w
  • You can even show them this website so they can see how your lessons are organised.

Approval Recommendation

After they have spent some time talking to you, they might ask you a few questions about how you plan on covering this or that. Your stock standard answer should be you’ll follow the curriculum.

Nine times out of ten, they will then tell you that you have been approved for registration and that you will be sent a registration approval form in the next month or so.
On the rare occasion that you are not approved you can contact the HEA and ask for help. (This is a support body for home educators in Australian and you can join if you haven’t already).

Re-registration Visit

Each year you need to reapply for registration. This is done 3rd or 4th term and requires another home visit.

Re-registration is almost the same as your registration application.

STEP ONE: Fill in the continuing home education form from the NT Website.

STEP TWO: Prepare documents as for initial registration.

STEP THREE: Prepare for home visit.

Is Homeschooling in the Northern Territory 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  homeschoolers in the Northern Territory. 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.