Home Education Network
HEN is a non-profit support network. It is run voluntarily by home-educating parents for families who are home-educating. The network, established in 1999, offers advice and support to home-educating families and those considering home-education as an option for their family.
Home-education has become a popular and positive choice for many families, who find that school does not meet their childrens’ or family’s needs. There are many reasons and motivations for home-educating, which include but are not limited to: looking for a more child-led or child-centred approach to learning, medical or other issues (e.g. Dyslexia, Autism or other additional needs), religious or cultural reasons or as a response to non-educational issues in school such as bullying, anxiety etc.
Home-education is a child-centred and family orientated approach to learning, with many different educational styles and methods. They vary from a highly structured formal process to a highly independent, informal and unstructured process and everything in between. Not all children learn in the same way and an approach that might suit one child may not suit another. Therefore, at the heart of home-education, is individual attention and the needs of the child as well as flexibility and freedom in learning.
HEN have a wealth of experience and advice and above all, the ability to give confidence to families who are starting on their home-educating journey. There is a general enquiry address for those considering home-education: firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as regional contacts, that can put families in touch with other families and provide details of meet-ups in their areas. They also run weekly Zoom meetings for members and non-members to chat and ask questions about the home-education experience. Finally, as a recognised body, HEN is also in a position to meet with Education Welfare Services within Tusla to discuss relevant issues and new developments regarding home-education in general.How to connect with this service →
How to contact us?
Phone numbers for regional contacts can be found on our website at www.henireland.org/map/