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

Latest News

Response to Draft Guidelines on SEN Regulations

HEdNI has submitted a response to the draft guidelines on SEN regulations. Our main concern is that children with a Statement should retain the advocacy and support of their parents, while gaining the support of the Education Authority, rather than losing any control to 'professionals' without expertise in that individual child's needs. To this end it is crucial that the expertise of the parent is given weight in Guidance and practice, and that the child's voice can therefore be heard.

Much improved guidance from DHSSPSNI

We welcome the changes made to the guidance on Co-operating to Safeguard Young People, and the way in which our concerns have clearly been heard and addressed. The new guidance can be found here: https://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/dhssps/co-o... The section on home education now reads "Elective Home Education is the term used when a parent chooses to provide education for their child at home instead of enrolling them in school as provided for under Article 45 of the...


A snack where the banana and grapes are cut to look like a dolphin
Casual (Bananas Soft Play, Derry) 19/01/2017 - 11:00
Somewhere warm and dry to meet on a Thursday for the kids to play.
Casual (Belfast Xoo) 20/01/2017 - 11:30
Friendly meet up, nothing formal, we can put you in touch with the organiser. All ages welcome but...
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Kids In Control (Old Museum, Belfast) 23/01/2017 - 11:00
Start Dates & Times for under 10years Monday 6th Feb 11-12am, over 10 + Monday 9th January 11-...
HEdNI (Anderson Leisure Centre) 23/01/2017 - 12:00
Swimming lessonsSwimming lessons will start back Ages3-7 @ 12-12:30.  Ages 7+ @ 12:30-1 pm...
HEdNI (Templemore Sports Centre, Londonderry ) 24/01/2017 - 11:15
All ages, half hour lesson. A parent of each of the younger children (ages 3 – 5) will be...