Homeschooling in QLD – Queensland
Here is a quick overview of the basic facts that you need to understand for homeschooling in Qld.
FAQ for Homeschooling in Qld
When Can I Remove My Kids From School?
If you want to start homeschooling in QLD quickly a provisional registration application is the best option. It does not require you to send in an educational plan and it lasts for 60 days. (I’ll tell you more about this so read on).
If you make an application for a Certificate in Home Education using the form on the HEU website the process takes about 2 weeks. This form requires you to submit an education plan which will also take time to prepare. If you are not in a hurry then this option is preferred by the HEU.
Can I Travel when homeschooling in QLD?
If you only plan to homeschool temporarily or you are travelling there is another option for homeschooling in Qld called “exemption from school”.
Part Time Homeschooling in Qld
In Queensland simultaneous enrolment in school and homeschool is not an option, however you may be permitted to participate in some school classes but not be officially enrolled. This option needs to be negotiated with individual schools and is up to the principal’s discretion. A fee may also be required.
Can I Get A Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) When I Homeschool in QLD?
When you choose to homeschool you can’t get a QCE, however your children can study for a QCE alternative that can lead towards an Overall Position (OP).
Disclaimer: This is general information on homeschooling in Queensland and is not meant for legal
How To Register For Homeschooling In QLD
If you plan on homeschooling in QLD then HEU (Queensland Home Education Unit) states it is a legal requirement to register to homeschool from ages 6 to 16 – if your child is not enrolled in distance education, or at a school. Having said that, some homeschoolers do not register as they don’t believe they need to ask permission to educate their own children.
Method One: Provisional Registration of 60 Days For Queensland Residence
Section 207 (p.218) Queensland Education (General Provisions Act) allows for provisional home education registration. See act here:
Do not fill in a form to apply for provisional registration. You must write a letter! (At My Homeschool we have given you a sample letter to download).
You will not find a form for provisional registration on the HEU website (in fact they don’t even mention it) as they don’t make this option widely known. However this is a perfectly valid option and many people have used it for their initial application. You can get 60 days approval and during that time you can prepare your plan to send to the HEU.
Method Two: Certificate in Home Education (Initial Registration or After Provisional Registration)
To register for the Certificate in Home Education you need to fill in an application form the Queensland Home Education Unit (HEU) and be a Queensland resident. Once granted this certificate lasts 12 months. Registration is continuous however you are required to send in a report of progress every 12 months.
STEP ONE: Download and fill in your application for registration form from the HEU.
With your application you need to submit a plan. You can choose from three. Which template you use depends on your style of homeschooling. At My Homeschool we have suggest using the ACRA template with our My Homeschool graded courses as we have already matched all the codes for you in our scope and sequence.
This application requires you to demonstrate how you plan to provide a high quality education for your child.
The following details need to be included in your documentation:
- general details of your child
- An individualised education program tailored to a child’s need.
- A way to monitor educational progress
- Provision of a suitable environment for homeschooling.
While I'm responding I just wanted to take a moment to say that we are absolutely loving the My Homeschool curriculum. My children and I feel like we have breathed a breath of fresh air after a turbulent first and second term this year with a distance education school. We had signed up with them in an effort to reduce the amount of time I spend planning and reporting for HEU [Queensland government registration unit].
In fact the only reason we hadn't signed up with My Homeschool initially is because anytime HEU was mentioned my heart rate would increase and I'd want to run!
We were, and are, a Charlotte Mason style family and in hindsight I should have realised that the distance education route was going to be a disaster. Let's just say, in term 1 and 2, no-one saved any time, there were lots of frustrated tears from children and mother, and there was so much busy work to do and no time for a proper education!
Enter My Homeschool, oh how we loved term 3, our first term with you. My children were once more excited about 'school', I was once more loving learning alongside them. There was time to explore some of the creative tangents the children go off on when were learning new things, you know the sort, "if that happened, I wonder what happened when...", or the classic "why?".
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work you do, your curriculum has provided a platform (and the reporting documents) that satisfies the HEU while still leaving us loads of flexibility and room to explore our amazing world and the people who have lived here and still live here.
You have saved me time in planning and reporting and the word HEU no longer makes me want to run. I have been so thrilled I tell all my homeschooling friends about your amazing program and one of my friends signed her family up with My Homeschool (PS they're loving the curriculum too).
Many blessings to you and your team, continue the good work you are doing. The hours are most likely long and some days feel fruitless, but you are without a doubt a blessing to many families.
Preparing Your Documents For Registration
STEP TWO: Start preparing your plan. This will be easy using My Homeschool Courses as 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.
You can also add the scope and sequence for the years you are teaching. Although it is not compulsory to follow the Australian Curriculum our plans have been linked to the Australian Curriculum and codes have been provided in the scope and sequence. Approval Recommendation There is no set time for registration approval. It could take a few weeks or months. They may want to ask a few questions about your application or ask for some extra information. This is usually via email but you can speak on the phone to someone at the HEU. 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 certificate. Registration is continuous but you will be asked to send in reports of your child’s progress each year. 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. You can join if you haven’t already).
Preparing Your Annual Report
If you wish to continue homeschooling in Queensland you will need Each year to submit a progress report of your child’s home education for the year. This will include:
- Samples of your child’s work. You will need to think ahead for these samples. My Homeschool have included prompts throughout the term to collect these samples and put them in your portfolio. Work samples should be taken from Math, English and another subject. English compositions, and notebooking pages work well for this. Math’s samples need to show full working out of problems.
- A plan for the following year. If you are using My Homeschool Graded course for the next year then you can use our Yearly Planning Form for the following grade and fill out the appropriate details.
Thank you for putting together this wonderful course. Over the last 4 years I have taken 2 of my children through Years 7 and 8 using a distance ed programme but this year my daughter and I have found this course to be a much less stressful transition to high school. I love knowing that we are still fulfilling the requirements for the Australian Curriculum but I have also been able to give my daughter the rich classical literature-based education that I was looking for. I have been interested in the Charlotte Mason style of education for a few years but until now I was frustrated that everything I came across was based on American history/geography/seasons. Thank you for putting in the time to track down and integrate appropriate Australian resources into the curriculum.
This was my first year registering with the Qld Home Education unit myself so I also found the information that you included regarding registering very helpful.
I have also used the Year 5 and Prep courses this year and found them to be wonderful as well. Thank you again.
Queensland Distance Education or Home Schooling
Queensland correspondence schools are a popular choice for many families with around 3500 students enrolled in the Christian homeschooling distance education schools alone. However Distance Education is quite different to homeschooling because you use pre determined curriculum and you are under the supervision of a school. In order to stay accredited these schools are required to comply with the Australian National Curriculum. This usually means that you lose the flexibility you have when determining your own curriculum, you also gain the advantage of not having to put in the effort to plan your own curriculum. Registration is often avoided but some distance education schools require you to register with the Home Education Unit as well.
When you home school without enrolling with a distance education school you maintain your independence and flexibility. You are also not required to follow the Australian National Curriculum (at this stage).
Can I Buy A Plan?
Yes! When you use My Homeschool we give you the essential building blocks for your personalised learning plan.
We’ve done 75% of the work. We provide idea prompts and suggestions to help you personalise your application to suit your child’s specific needs.
With each grade we include:
- A learning plan in an editable Word document. Just fill in the sections we recommend.
- A scope and sequence with all syllabus outcomes and codes linked to resources.
- Editable Term Reports to make re-registration easy.
100% of our members report passing their registration and reregistration when using our templates.
What a relief and blessing for homeschool families to have all the nitty gritty details of daily homeschool and homeschool registration designed for us. It is wonderful to see how simple registration can be. Michelle you have created a method for recording that oozes simplicity and that is what we all want. Michelle and Jo you are a very present listening ear and help on the My Homeschool forum and your advice is all about making homeschool work for each one. I have absolute freedom in how I use this resource. I have not followed the schedule as is but have felt encouragement from you to make it work for my busy family lifestyle, quirks and passions. Year 5 is helping our ten year old to move into written narrations and I have found Our Sunburnt Country broken into small chunks with a notebook page for each reading, is so simple and achievable. My daughter’s confidence in writing has grown in the first term of using My Homeschool following this very natural method. Thank you Michelle and Jo, for your commitment to making homeschool simple. What a blessing you are.
Let Us Help You On The Homeschool Journey
My Homeschool is more than a curriculum, it is a holistic education community that supports parents and children on their homeschool journey. When you buy a graded homeschool program through My Homeschool you are joining a community that supports and mentors parents interested in educating their children academically and spiritually.
We give you a shortcut to help you get straight into giving your child a delightful and robust education without spending days and days researching and tweaking unsuitable content.
We Wanted A Curriculum That Worked For Home Educators
Our curriculum writers have already done the juggle of homeschooling a few children at once.
- We knew how lovely and important it is to learn as a family so we made some lessons and read alouds possible to teach as a group.
- We reduced the time needed for formal academics by crafting our curriculum so our resources and books often teach multiple topics.
- We made each grade fit each state’s syllabus so you can get registered easily.
- We gave you a streamlined intentional curriculum so you could give your children a wholesome integrated education from kindergarten to high school.
- We made sure it was academically challenging so your children will have career options, and a pathway to university if needed.
- We put it all in one place so you weren’t hunting around looking for resources every time you wanted to begin lessons.
- We made it easy to access your lessons and planner when you were out and about or travelling just by picking up your smartphone.
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