Coronavirus (COVID-19): Remote learning vs home schooling

Understanding the differences and deciding what’s right for you

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Victorian schools have delivered periods of remote learning where most students learn from home under their school's guidance.

If you're considering home schooling your child following your experience with remote learning, there are important differences you should understand before making a choice.

Under remote learning your child remains enrolled at school and their school continues to:

  • provide information about how and when your child will receive learning materials and feedback
  • create and communicate a schedule or calendar that shows what is expected of your child when completing learning tasks
  • assign your child work to complete
  • remain in regular contact with families.

Under the home schooling model:

  • your child is no longer enrolled at school
  • you are responsible for making sure your child receives regular and efficient instruction across eight learning areas, including English, mathematics and science
  • you must apply to the VRQA to register your child for home schooling
  • your application must include a learning plan which demonstrates your intended educational program.

Our FAQs answer questions you may have about registering your child for home schooling. It also has information for families already registered. To access the FAQs, see:

If you decide home schooling is the right choice for your family, your application to register your child will proceed through a four-step registration process. For more information, see: