Preparing a HESP

willeve.JPG.w300h268As part of the registration process, THEAC requires an outline of your education program, including information for each child individually. You will be asked to substantiate details of your Home Education Summary and Plan (HESP) at the Monitoring Visit.

This file may be a good starting point THEAC Sample HESP

The following is required content and must be included in your HESP or it will be returned to you and more information requested:

For all reports, include a Registration Form

Step 1) Read the Information Kit 

Step 2) Read the Guidelines for writing a HESP

Step 3) Complete the Registration Form

Step 5) Prepare your HESP. For ideas on how to address some of the Standards, read Sample HESP 

Your HESP should include the same headings IN BOLD as the sections listed below.

The following guidelines and questions for consideration may assist you in writing your Home Education Summary and Plan (HESP).

Diverse Learning Needs
Standard
Home educated children with diverse learning needs are provided with rich educational programs that meet their individual requirements.

Evidence Required
Home educators will provide evidence of resources and/or services being accessed in support of children with diverse learning needs as appropriate

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
This standard applies to you if you are home educating children who have diverse learning needs. These needs may include

  • learning difficulties
  • medical conditions
  • psychological conditions
  • giftedness

If your children do not have diverse learning needs you are not required to address this standard.

  • How would you describe your children’s learning needs?
  • How have you/will you tailor your home education plan to accommodate their needs?
  • If appropriate, discuss any special support services you will access or have accessed to help address your children’s individual needs.

Research
Standard
Home educators are well-informed and researched in the aspects of home education applicable to their children.

Evidence Required
Home educators will discuss the research they have undertaken to inform their pedagogy. This may include resources, styles and options investigated. (NB For ongoing registrations this may have changed a lot or a little from the previous HESP)

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
Home education is a viable education model backed by research. Research is not static and can assist your program to evolve. This standard relates to how you inform yourself about education in general and home education in particular.

Where have you sourced information about home education (for example, books, websites, conversations with other home educators, journals)?

Pedagogy
Standard
Home educated children are supported by engaged, nurturing and resourceful adults.

Evidence Required
Home educators will discuss the aims of their home education program and any specific methodologies informing their programs.

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
Pedagogy refers to how you home educate. It includes educational methods and philosophies.

Discuss your ideas on how you see home education working for your children.

Do you identify with any particular pedagogy (for example, natural learning, eclectic approach, or curriculum based approach)?

Wellbeing
Standard
Home educated children learn about safety, health and wellbeing.

Evidence Required
Home educators will demonstrate ways in which children learn about safety, health and wellbeing.

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
This standard asks you to think specifically about safety, health and wellbeing as learning areas.

Possible topics may include fire safety, on-line safety, protective behaviours, healthy eating, exercise, resilience and self-esteem.

How will you assist your children in developing their ability to care for their own health and wellbeing?

Interpersonal Skills
Standard
Home educated children have the opportunity to form and maintain friendships and respectful relationships and communicate with their immediate and broader communities for a wide range of purposes.

Evidence Required
Home educators will show ways in which opportunities for interpersonal skills development are provided as appropriate.

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
This standard asks you to think about how you will provide your children with regular opportunities for social interaction. This may include the family, peer group, community groups/organisations, clubs, classes or excursions and will be determined by the individual needs of each child.

What opportunities will your children have for social interaction with a range of people?

Literacy
Standard
Home educated children experience environments that are rich in literacy: learning to speak, read, write and communicate.

Evidence Required
Home educators will provide evidence of their child’s achievements and progress in literacy as appropriate.

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
Literacy covers listening, understanding, speaking, writing, reading and viewing.

This standard asks you to demonstrate how you intend to use literacy as a tool for learning and a means of expression and communication.  What opportunities will you provide to develop your children’s literacy skills?  What resources will you be using to support your children’s development in literacy?

Numeracy
Standard
Home educated children experience environments that are rich in numeracy and have the opportunity to learn and practise mathematical concepts in meaningful ways.

Evidence Required
Home educators will provide evidence of their child’s achievements and progress in numeracy including but not limited to arithmetic, problem solving, critical thinking and reasoning strategies.

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
Numeracy enables a person to develop logical thinking and reasoning strategies. It is needed to solve problems, make sense of time, numbers, patterns and shapes.

This standard asks you to demonstrate how you intend to support your children in learning mathematical concepts.

What opportunities will you provide to develop your children’s numeracy skills?  What resources will you be using to support your children’s development in numeracy?

Other Learning Areas
Standard
Home educated children are supported to engage in a broad range of learning areas.

Evidence Required
Home educators will demonstrate where opportunities are provided in other learning areas. These may include, but are not limited to, science, geography, history, the arts, physical education, sociology, technologies, philosophy, cooking and life skills.

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
This standard gives you the opportunity to provide for your children’s special interests, curiosity and talents.

You are encouraged through this standard to expand your children’s world and imagination by introducing a wide range of topics, activities and subject areas.  What resources or expertise will you draw on to explore other learning areas?

Future Directions (13+)
Standard
Home educated children are supported to reach their full potential.

Evidence Required
Home educators will demonstrate how opportunities are provided for their children to explore future pathways and to achieve their potential as appropriate.

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
This standard applies to children/young people aged 13 and above and aims to assist them to think about and plan for their future.

Learning activities may include work experience; part-time employment; attending career expos; starting their own small business; receiving career counselling; undertaking units of study through TAFE, Open University or similar options; reading biographies of people working in fields of interest; or interviewing friends and relatives about their work.

What opportunities will your teenager have to explore future pathways for study or work?

Evaluation
Standard
Home educated children are actively engaged in their home education program.

Evidence Required
Home educators will provide a clear description of how they evaluate their program and monitor progress to ensure student engagement and to respond to changing needs.

Guidelines and Questions for Consideration
Consistent evaluation of your children’s progress allows you to assess your children’s understanding and engagement as well as your own role as educator. You may often find that you need to modify your expectations or change your pedagogy in order to fully accommodate the specific needs or interests of your children.

It is expected that progress is seen over time depending on your children’s ability, health, life events and aptitude.

How will you monitor, record and evaluate the effectiveness of your home education program?

PLEASE NOTE

  • HESPs for ongoing registration should address the period since your last monitoring visit as well as plans for your program’s future development for each child individually.
  • Could each parent please initial at the bottom of each page and sign and date your HESP on the last page.
  • Following acceptance of your HESP, you will be contacted to arrange a mutually convenient date and time for your monitoring visit. At this visit the Monitoring Officer will view the program you have in place as outlined in your HESP.

Medical Issues

If a medical condition could impact on your home education program, THEAC may request copies of relevant medical certificates or reports. These will be considered by the Council in conjunction with the information provided about the proposed home education program.