One of the first things that people new to unschooling ask is “Is it legal?” Is it legal to give your children the freedom to learn through following their interests and exploring the world in their own unique way?
The short answer is “YES”, provided you have registered for homeschooling.
To successfully apply for and maintain home schooling registration in NSW requires you to present information about your child’s learning in a particular way and to prepare a plan for their future learning. This chapter will give you all the details you need to confidently prepare for registration or for a re-registration interview.
First, I will summarise the law regarding homeschooling in NSW and then give you some ideas about how to register as unschoolers.
The legal framework
The legal framework for unschooling in NSW is The Education Act 1990. Under this Act, all of the different styles of home education are lumped together under the term “home schooling”. There is no specific mention of unschooling in the Act.Continue Reading →