COVID-19: Remote learning vs home schooling

Understanding the differences and deciding what’s right for youVictoria is adjusting the way it provides a quality education to school-age children during COVID-19. Schools have transitioned to flexible or remote learning arrangements for Term 2, 2020, where most students learn from home.

Under these changes some parents may be considering switching their child to home schooling. There are important differences between remote learning and home schooling you should understand before making a choice.

Under the school-based flexible or remote learning model currently in-place during COVID-19, schools are:

  • providing information about how and when your child will receive learning materials and feedback
  • creating and communicating a schedule or calendar that shows what is expected of your child when completing learning tasks
  • assigning your child work to complete
  • remaining in regular contact with families.

Under the school-based flexible or remote learning model your child remains enrolled at school, and you do not need to register for home schooling.

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: