WE’RE A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO HOMESCHOOLING
In New South Wales you have the ability to register with the government as a homeschooler. As a homeschooler, you are required to develop and implement the learning program for your teenager. Most homeschooling families that we meet are passionate about the choices that they have made and we acknowledge and celebrate your success.
At the same time, we believe that enrolment in our registered distance education program offers many benefits for families who have been involved with homeschooling for a long time or for families who are considering their options.
Here is a simple table with some of the differences between homeschooling and distance education:
|Home Schooling||Distance Education|
|Do I have to register with the NSW government as a homeschooler?||Yes||No|
|Do I have visits from the government moderators?||Yes||No|
|Do I have to create my own learning program that meets the NSW Australian Curriculum?||Yes||No|
|Do I have to keep records of lessons, learning progress, time allocations and assessments?||Yes||No|
|Will I use resources that were made in the United States for a completely different audience?||Probably||No|
|Do students have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities?||Yes||Yes|
|Am I a part of a registered school?||No||Yes|
By highlighting the differences we aren’t saying distance education is necessarily better than home schooling, because different schooling modes suit different families. However, families that have switched from homeschooling to distance education have said that they now get to enjoy more of the good bits of educating at home (like seeing the delight in your teenager’s eyes as he or she learns a new skill) and less of the bad (like planning maths lessons when you’re sick).