Tuesday 13 September 2016
Andrea Dawkins MP to move—
That the House:—
(1) Notes that:-
(a) the Tasmanian model for home education is regarded as being the most effective in the Nation;
(b) subsequent to a Ministerial Working Party report, the Tasmanian home education system was implemented in 1993 and has since seen the highest rates of registration for home education of any State or Territory;
(c) currently the independent regulator reports directly to the Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP, and undertakes no other regulatory role within the education system;
(d) as the Board of the Tasmanian home education regulatory body consists of at least three representatives of the home education community, the independent regulator is provided with a clear understanding of how home education differs from traditional schooling;
(e) home education provides a diverse approach to learning, including child-led learning and Steiner and Montessori philosophies, as well as curriculum-based learning;
(f) the Home Education Association believes the current system provides a healthy balance allowing for parents to choose an educational approach for their children that ensures they are both protected and have access to high quality education; and
(g) for every 600 families, or 1,000 students, that opt for home schooling, the government saves approximately $7.5 million on teaching and administrative support costs.
(2) Calls on Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP, to listen to key stakeholders, as well as members of the home schooling community, and ensure the regulation of home schooling remains independent of the institutional education system.