Disclaimer: This is general information on homeschooling in Western Australia and is not meant for legal advice.
FAQ Homeschooling in Western Australia
Here is a quick overview of the basic facts that you need to understand for homeschool registration in WA.
Do I Need To Register?
If you live in WA and plan on homeschooling your child then WA Department of Education states it is a legal requirement to register to homeschool from ages 5.5 to 17.5 – if your child is not enrolled in distance education, or at a school.
Can I Homeschool Part Time?
No you cannot in WA.
When Can I Remove My Child From School?
You can remove your child as soon as you decide to home educate but you are supposed to register your child to homeschool within 14 days of removing them from school. You are supposed to inform the school in writing when you decide to homeschool. Many schools can be quite supportive of homeschooling and will leave the door open for you to return if homeschooling doesn’t work out. If you anticipate having problems with your child’s school I suggest you mention as little as possible to the school until you get your registration approved.
Can I Get A Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) When I Homeschool?
When you choose to homeschool you can’t get a WACE, however your children can study for a WACE alternative.
Are there any Support Groups For Homeschooling in WA?
The go to site for connecting to the Australian Homeschool Community is the HBLA – Home Education Based Network. You will find more details and ways to connect to the WA Homeschool Community.
Register To Homeschool in WA
- You can register to homeschool/home educate in WA before you begin or within 14 days of removing your child from school.
- Contact your nearest regional education office and ask to speak to a home education moderator.
- You will be sent a form which you will need to lodge with them. Each office has its own individualised form. It’s just asking for basic details. You don’t need to give any educational plan at this stage.
- You are then issued a Certificate of Home Education. This certificate does not expire unless you put your children back in school.
- While you are registered you are required to have visits from a home education moderator. Your first visit is within 3 months of registration then each year after that.
The Home Education Moderator Visit
The home education moderator (approved person from the WA Department of Education who will come to your home) usually contacts you to make an appointment within three weeks but definitely before three months of your registration approval. This is usually done in your home but it can be at a mutually arranged place.
Their role is to:
- Assess your homeschooling plan and see that you are complying with the WA curriculum.
- Make sure your child is making progress
- Offer support and make suggestions.
Preparing Your Plan.
According to the Western Australian Education Act 1999 – Section 53: 2(a) p.34 homeschoolers are required to follow the WA curriculum. This curriculum is based on the Australian Curriculum and they can be used interchangeably.They are not strict about this but they do require you to teach in all the key learning areas.
Key Learning Areas
- Science and Technology
- Humanities and Social Science (Includes: history, geography, civics and politics
- Arts (Includes: visual arts,dancing and music)
- Health and Physical Education
You will need to have made some decisions on what curriculum you want to use and you will have to have some of it to show the moderator. Please only buy a few things for now. You do not need to show them everything you have on the visit just enough to show you have started.
If you are using set curriculum like ACE with lots of American content the main thing you need to remember is that you need Australian content in your curriculum. It will still be helpful for you to know the syllabus because you will be asked questions about it from the AP.
Your plan will be easy if you are using the My Homeschool Courses. 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. 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.
My Homeschool also provides a scope and sequence for the grades you are teaching. These also have with Australian curriculum codes for all the subjects.
What Happens On The Visit?
The Moderator will come and stay about 45 minutes. They will 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
- How your lessons are organised.
- Samples of work and evidence of learning.
- If you have already completed some work show them how your are documenting their progress.
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 registration is continued and that they will come again in another 12 months.
On the rare occasion that you are not approved you can appeal and contact the HBLN and ask for help. (This is a support body for home educators in WA and you can to join if you haven’t already).
Is Homeschooling in Western Australia 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 Western Australian 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.
Just to let you know, our moderator here in W.A. absolutely loved the curriculum! Very positive feedback.
We are so very happy with your gorgeous curriculum and look forward to our future years of study!Rachel from WA