Welcome to the HEdNI website.

This is your window to the wealth of information, fun, and support available from the network of home educating families in Northern Ireland.

HEdNI is an inclusive group, welcoming those of all backgrounds, religious beliefs, races and cultures. We do not promote any one method of home-educating; rather we support the right of all families to choose for themselves what suits them best.

Please help us to protect home education in Northern Ireland by writing to your MLA, and asking them to insist that Education and Library Boards act within the law.
A government body attempting to establish a policy document that deliberately over-reaches its legal powers should be of concern to everybody, not just home educating parents.
More information here and in detail
 here.

Latest News

Baffling Evidence to the Education Committee

Assembly
Today, in evidence to the Education Committee, the Education Authority representative stated several times that the Draft Policy ONLY applies to children previously registered with a school. Further, that they have no power in law to take any action unless the child was previously registered with a school, or 'formally' registered as home educated. This is a truly baffling assertion!  The Authority is claiming that they have NO duty to children unless they have at some time been to school...

Draft HEdNI Response to Welsh Draft Non-Statutory Guidelines

Welsh Consultation
The Draft Non-Statutory Guidance for Wales is currently under consultation, closing on July 3rd.   We encourage home educators in Northern Ireland to respond - we were touched by the support and attention the Northern Irish Consultation has recieved from around the UK and Ireland, and we are now in a position to offer support in our turn.  What happens in one region will affect all others, so it is important to promote good practice within the law across the UK. The file linked below...

Events

Magnificent Marine Marvels
South Down Co-op (Annalong Marine Park) 09/07/2015 - 11:15 - 14:00
A rock pooling session with Danielle at Annalong, details are: Thursday 9th July Meet at 11.15am...
Conference Details
Casual (Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone) 10/07/2015 (All day) - 11/07/2015 (All day)
Irish Christian Home Education Association Conference. "We are delighted to announce details of our...
Causeway
HEdNI, NCHE (Giant's Causeway) 10/07/2015 - 10:30 - 14:00
"In general terms the group would meet in the Community Learning Centre, welcome talk, guided tour...
North Down Co-op (Castle Ward Estate) 18/07/2015 (All day) - 20/07/2015 (All day)
Camping and fun at Castle Ward. Come along and join us for outdoor play, walks, camping and general...
Round the fire at An Creagan
HEdNI (An Creagan) 21/07/2015 - 11:00 - 15:00
The fourth meeting of the dusty-bottomed children of the wild woods.  We love this place and...