How Common Is Homeschooling in Australia?
Homeschooling in Australia is growing, there are currently around 20,000 homeschooled students in Australia and the numbers are increasing all the time. Even more telling is the estimation that there are around another ten thousand students that aren’t registered that are doing homeschooling. One of the factors that are behind this is due to registration. If registration was made easier for parents, then this number would not be as high. It would also mean that there was more data available to demonstrate how homeschooling students perform.
Effectiveness of Homeschooling
Studies suggest families who take their children out of school due to having a learning and/or developmental difficulty to do homeschooling, are more satisfied with their child’s education than when they were in formal schooling. Many parents view schools as failing their children and believe homeschooling is a suitable alternative.
Studies from the United States show that children of parents who chose to homeschool outperformed mainstream students. We have seen similar figures regarding the effectiveness of homeschooling in Australia through the results of NAPLAN testing. However, only a small minority of homeschooling students take the national tests and these could be more confident students who are geared toward standardised testing, thereby skewing the results. Therefore, more data needs to be collected, along with analysing the success of homeschooled students in higher education.
Homeschooling in Australia can roughly be divided into two main groups of students and parents. The first are those who have philosophical or ideological differences with the school curriculum. The second group decide on homeschooling as an option because of having children with learning or developmental difficulties such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD, along with problems due to bullying.
These parents decide that schooling their children at home provides a more safe and conducive learning environment for their child, as the schools their children have been enrolled in have been unable or unwilling to meet these requirements. It also allows for a greater focus on the individual needs of the child and caters for their individual learning style through greater flexibility. As a result, the program and lessons themselves can be structured around the individual needs of the child through one-on-one learning.
Home Schooling with Hope Tutoring
At Hope Tutoring, we do exactly that in evaluating the current skills and learning ability of the individual student, in determining what they need and the best learning methods to achieve this. This is achieved through one-on-one tutoring and catering to the needs of the individual student. Depending on the wishes of the student and parents here at Hope Tutoring we can follow the Australian National Curriculum and can develop plans and programs if you’re seeking to be registered with the Education Department.
These plans show the alignment between your child’s learning and the national curriculum. The lessons themselves are delivered in a safe, caring and supportive environment, with learning engagement performing a central role in making these lessons more interesting and engaging for students. We understand that flexibility is essential for students with developmental and learning difficulties, who can be disengaged by their experiences with formal schooling. We seek to re-engage students by helping them overcome their avoidance and resistance to learning and help them to see that learning can be fun.
Homeschooling Does Not Have To Be Forever
An additional consideration to consider if you’re contemplating homeschooling is that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Some students may benefit from a few years of homeschooling as they receive specialist education through a learning style that suits and engages them. They may also need time to overcome any aversion to learning they may have, along with building their confidence in gaining skills that might have been missed in earlier years.
Often as students progress through the early school years, they begin to become more aware of differences and may start labelling themselves as ‘dumb’ or ‘stupid’ as they fall further and further behind. This is where learning engagement is crucial in arresting these beliefs and gaining confidence in a safe and supported homeschooling environment. After a period of time, the student may find that they are ready and equipped with the tools to re-enter mainstream schooling. As you can see, it doesn’t always have to one or the other.