Since 2012, homeschooling has been a major topic in the Australian media. In particular, the focus has been on the growth in numbers of homeschool families. There are many reasons why the increase in parents choosing to homeschool their children has an impact on teachers across Australia.
Transition between home and schools
There is evidence children move between homeschool and schools. In her 2009 thesis titled More Than One Way to Learn, Glenda Jackson, of the Australian Home Education Advisory Service, notes that many children who left school subsequently returned. This group includes ‘school refusers’. Jackson’s data suggests there is a great deal of movement between schools and home settings. As such, it is reasonable to expect teachers may encounter and have to manage children transitioning between sectors.
In NSW, the increase in families accessing home education led to the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) calling an inquiry in 2014. The inquiry suggested reviewing the registration process, reviewing access to the HSC and exploring ways BOSTES, schools and families could work more closely. One of the most interesting aspects of the inquiry was the acceptance of this type of education, acknowledgement that it is not going to go away, and a view that transitions between homeschool and school should be seamless.