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School Registration and Accreditation Standards Directorate FAQs

Registration and Accreditation of Non-government Schools

Where can I find information about starting a new school in New South Wales?

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards website provides information about starting a new school in NSW at http://rego.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/go/new-school.

What are the requirements for registration/accreditation of non-government schools in New South Wales?

The Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual details the requirements for non-government schools at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/rego/reg-accred-individ-non-gov-manual.html.

Where can I find a list of registered non-government schools in New South Wales?

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards website provides a list of registered non-government schools at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/non-gov-schools/.

What is the process for raising a concern about a non-government school?

Complaints can be made to the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) at any time provided there is clear evidence that options for pursuing the complaint at the school have been pursued without resolution or that there is a compelling reason why this would not be appropriate.

The BOSTES website provides further information at http://rego.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/go/faq/raising-concerns/.

How do I update the contact details for a non-government school?

Contact details can be updated on RANGS Online, accessed through the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards website: https://bosho.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/links/rangsonline.html.

Where can I find information about delivering Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards courses in a school that is not located in New South Wales?

Information about obtaining a licence agreement to use Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) syllabuses is available by contacting the Coordinator, Administration and Intellectual Property, Digital Strategies and Services, by telephone on (02) 9367 8289.

Information for schools seeking recognition to present candidates for the Record of School Achievement and/or the Higher School Certificate is contained in the Manual for the Recognition of Schools outside NSW to present candidates for the NSW Record of School Achievement and/or Higher School Certificate.

The BOSTES website provides information about recognition at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/policy-research/pdf_doc/manual-recognition-schools-outside-nsw.pdf.

Schools with overseas students

How do I apply to become a provider of school courses to international students in New South Wales?

Applications are made through RANGS Online. Contact the School Registration and Accreditation Standards Directorate by telephone on (02) 9367 8432 to set up an account for RANGS Online.

Where can I find information about providing school courses to international students in New South Wales?

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards website provides this information at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/overseas-students/.

The Guidelines for Approved NSW School Providers Delivering Courses to Overseas Students detail the requirements for providers of school courses to overseas students.

Where can I find information about enrolling international students whose parents are in Australia on a work visa or a study visa?

Information about student visas is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website: www.border.gov.au/Trav/stud.

Home Schooling

Where can I find information about home schooling in New South Wales?

The Home Education in NSW Information Package on the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards website details the requirements for home schooling registration and the application process. The package can be accessed at Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package.

Is home schooling the same as distance education?

Home schooling is different to distance education. Registration for home schooling requires a parent to prepare, deliver and assess the educational program. Distance education is where a child is enrolled in a school which delivers all or a significant majority of the educational program through the means of distance education such as by mail, email, telephone and/or other electronic communication. In this case, the educational program is developed, delivered and evaluated by the distance education school.

How do I apply for registration to home school my child?

The Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package on the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards website details information about the application process and provides access to the application forms. The package can be accessed at http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/parents/pdf_doc/home-edu-info-pack-13.pdf.

How long does it take to process an application for home schooling?

It may take up to three months for an application for registration for home schooling to be assessed and finalised. Where applicants have an educational program ready to be assessed, it generally takes less than three months.

Does the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards provide resources to assist with home schooling?

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards website contains a number of resources of particular interest to parents/guardians. The resources are designed to support parents/guardians in understanding and supporting their child’s/children’s learning. These resources can be accessed at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/home-schooling/.

The Home Education Association develops resources specifically for families with children who are registered for home schooling. See www.hea.edu.au/.

Is a child registered for home schooling eligible for the award of the Record of School Achievement or the Higher School Certificate?

Home schooling does not provide for a child to be eligible for the award of Record of School Achievement or the Higher School Certificate. To be eligible, a student must have attended a government or registered and accredited non-government school or a college of TAFE in order to complete the prescribed study, assessments and examinations for the awards.

Is a child who is home schooled able to continue their study at a university or TAFE college?

Individual TAFE colleges and universities determine eligibility requirements for the courses they deliver. Queries regarding the eligibility of students who are home schooled for entrance to TAFE or university should be referred to those institutions.

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