April 25, 2014

Education Law in New Zealand

We are often asked:

“What does the law say about homeschooling in New Zealand?”

Here is the Act:

New Zealand Education Act 1989

The law: New Zealand citizens and residents between 6 and 15 to go to school

New Zealand citizens and residents between 6 and 15 to
go to school

 

Home Education: Long term exemptions from enrolment

   21. Long term exemptions from enrolment---(1) An
employee of the  Ministry designated by the Secretary
for the purpose (in this section  and section 26 of
this Act referred to as a designated officer) may, by
 certificate given to a person's parent, exempt the
person from the  requirements of section 20 of this 
Act,---
   (a) On the parent's application; and
   (b) If satisfied that the person---
           (i) Will be taught at least as regularly and
well as in a registered school; or
           (ii) In the case of a person who would
otherwise be likely to need special education, will be
taught at least as regularly and well as in a special
class or clinic or by a special service.

   (2) A certificate under subsection (1) of this section
continues in force until revoked under this section.

   (3) If a designated officer refuses to grant a
certificate under subsection (1) of this section, the
applicant parent may appeal to the Secretary who, after
considering a report on the matter from the Chief
Review Officer, shall confirm the refusal or grant a
certificate.

   (4) The Secretary's decision is final.

   (5) Every certificate under subsection (1) or
subsection (3) of this section shall state why it was
given.

   (6) Subject to subsection (7) of this section, the
Secretary may at any time cancel a certificate under
subsection (1) or subsection (3) of this section.

   (7) The Secretary shall not revoke a certificate under
subsection (1) or subsection (3) of this section, unless,
after having---(a) Made reasonable efforts to get all the
relevant information; and (b) Considered a report on the
matter from the Chief Review Officer,--- the Secretary is
not satisfied of whichever of the grounds specified in
subsection (1) (b) of this section the certificate was
originally granted on.

   (8) If the Secretary thinks any person exempted under
subsection (1) of this section would be better off 
getting special education, the Secretary may revoke the 
certificate and issue a direction under section 9 of this 
Act.
     Cf. 1987, No. 177, s. 10

Special education

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated  8 July 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Applying for an Exemption to Educate at Home

Hot off the press

$7.00

 

For more information view this YouTube video where Craig is promoting this book:

To order do one of the following:

send email to sales@hef.org.nz with visa number

post cheque or visa number to PO Box 9064, Palmerston North

fax: 06 357-4389

phone: 06 357-4399

Free Call 0800 100 692

Trademe (fees added):  http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=2366144

Sella (No added fees):  http://www.sella.co.nz/store/4ym9qg/home-education-foundation/display-100

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child’s Learning Style by Cathy Duffy

Review by Laurie Bluedorn from Trivium Pursuit

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum:

Choosing the Right Curriculum

and Approach for

Your Child’s

Learning Style

by Cathy Duffy

We just got back from the Indiana state homeschool convention — what a vast array of curriculum in their exhibit hall! It was just the place for Moms and Dads to look at what’s new and compare with the old. There is so much new curricula on the market today that for many, especially those new to homeschooling, it can be rather confusing and overwhelming. Cathy Duffy’s newest book 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum has come along at just the right time to help us sort out all our many choices.

I love Cathy Duffy’s dedication at the beginning of this book: To the thousands of dedicated homeschoolers who have resisted the impulse to imitate “real school” and have chosen instead to figure out what is best for each of their children, even if it meant writing their own curriculum. You have made the world of homeschool curriculum far richer than the most well-funded schools in the world.

Read the rest of Laurie Bluedorn’s review here:

http://www.triviumpursuit.com/blog/2010/04/08/100-top-picks-for-homeschool-curriculum-choosing-the-right-curriculum-and-approach-for-your-childs-learning-style-by-cathy-duffy/

Email discussion groups

Trademe Message Board under “Parenting”. Lots of new people come here looking for information about home schooling:
FaceBook  Home Education in New Zealand Page:

Nationwide contact for home education enquiries – homeschooling NZ

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

Contact details:
Craig and Barbara Smith
06 357-4399
email: barbara@hef.org.nz
Greetings all,
There have been a couple of requests lately for people willing to give exemption advice and encouragement.
Just a reminder that this is precisely what we at the Home Education Foundation are here for!
We help with preparing for exemptions and ERO reviews, how to understand and answer the exemption questions, we sit in on ERO Reviews with people, and I’ve even been a witness at a court case involving home education and socialisation. We have tons of material on socialisation, research results in both academic and social areas, ideas on curriculum development and getting into university and links to other information that we send out for free. We have 22 years of experience in teaching our own 8 children aged 28 down to 3 (yes, we’re still at it) and running conferences and speaking in nearly every corner of the country. Barbara just talked a mum who was full of panic through her ERO review preparation, and the mum passed with flying colours! I just wrote a letter to the Hamilton office of the MoE about what I thought was unfair treatment in an exemption application…the mum emailed today to say the exemption just came through!
Being a charitable trust, we do not charge for anything we send out or for our advice, even though most phone calls last between a half hour to a full hour or more. We trust the Lord to move people to make donations as they see fit and to subscribe to Keystone http://hef.org.nz/category/keystone-magazine/ and TEACH Bulletin http://hef.org.nz/category/teach-bulletin/. Although we personally are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Home Education Foundation is committed to rescuing ANY children out of state schooling institutions and to giving as much help and encouragement as we can to any and all parents and grandparents wanting to have a go at home education.
So don’t hesitate to get people to ring us or send an email. We don’t have an 0800 number but if people ring us on a landline, we can ring them back so we pay for the call since it costs us next to nothing.

Applying for an Exemption to Home School

in New Zealand


Here are two very helpful  links

The first is a cut down version of the exemption application, showing you exactly which comments the Ministry of Education (MoE) expects you to reply to:

http://hef.org.nz/2010/making-an-application-for-exemption-from-enrolment-and-attendance-at-a-school/

The second is a lengthy letter giving all kinds of tips on how to answer the comments:

http://hef.org.nz/2010/a-collection-of-exemption-tips-and-ideas/

I’d suggest reading those two, having a go at answering the questions, then give us a ring (06) 357-4399 or emailing your phone number and we will ring you (email barbara@hef.org.nz).

It seems complicated at first, but it really isn’t that bad at all. We can talk you through it. All free of charge. That’s why we’re here.

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