August 30, 2016


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Homeschooling 2015 Statistics

Homeschooling

As at 1 July 2015, there were 5,558 home schooled students recorded in the Ministry of Education’s Homeschooling database. These students belong to 2,916 families and represent 0.7% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2015. Out of the 5,558 homeschoolers 66.5% were the aged 12 or under, 66.6% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 4.4% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.

Homeschooling Students Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size

Homeschooling Turnover

Between 1 July 2014 and 1 July 2015 there was an overall net increase of 3 students; 1,032 students entered into homeschooling and 1,029 students finished homeschooling.

The average age of the 1,032 students entering into homeschooling was 8 years old…

To read  more and to see more graphs please go to the MoE website:  https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/schooling/student-numbers/homeschooling

It has always been a concern for Craig and myself that the turnover of home educators each year has been so high and this year is no different with 1032 students commencing and 1029 students finishing. There are a lot of people willing to help others on the home education road who might be overwhelmed, needing help or encouragement. All around New Zealand there are support groups as well as Facebook and the Yahoo groups which are a great place to get your questions answered, to get encouragement etc.

Edited to add: Students Finishing Homeschooling by Duration & Region 2015 Click on link to see the full graph

Number of students finishing homeschooling by Duration & Regional Council (Year ending 1 July 2015)

Regional Council Number of Years Student has been in Homeschooling
Less than one year 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5 Years 6 Years 7 Years 8 Years 9 Years 10 Years 11 Years 12 Years 13 Years or more
Northland Region 20 9 2 6 4 1 3 5 3 12 2 5 1
Auckland Region 65 39 34 17 20 10 10 8 15 25 7 10 8 1
Waikato Region 37 23 17 7 10 3 8 4 4 16 9 9 3
Bay of Plenty Region 27 10 4 5 9 5 4 2 4 14 4 4 1
Gisborne Region 2 1 1 1 1
Hawkes Bay Region 4 2 1 2 2 3 1 1 2 2
Taranaki Region 4 4 2 1 1 5 2 1 4 1
Manawatu-Wanganui Region 7 7 8 2 4 2 5 2 2 10 4 4 1
Wellington Region 10 12 5 7 8 6 3 3 2 6 4 7 1
Tasman Region 12 4 5 1 1 1 1 3 1
Nelson Region 3 4 2 3 3 1 4 1 2 2
Marlborough Region 1 2 1 1 1
West Coast Region 3 2 1 3 1
Canterbury Region 12 11 12 9 15 8 6 7 5 16 11 7 4
Otago Region 8 2 5 1 1 2 2 1 3 5 1
Southland Region 3 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2
Unknown 7 2 1 2 3 1 1 2
Total 222 134 102 59 80 45 48 40 46 124 47 56 25 1

Less than 1 year: 222
I year:                    134
2 years:                  102
3 years:                    59
4 years:                    80
5 years:                    45
6 years:                    48
7 years:                    40
8 years:                    46
9 years:                  124
10 years:                  47
11 years:                   56
12 years:                  25
13 years:                     1

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NZ Home Education Support Groups

NZ-r-Online Encouragement for Home Educators

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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:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

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

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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The New Exemption Form for Home Schooling

The MoE have put the new Home Education Exemption Form up on their website:
New Home Education Exemption Form and new guidance documents
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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:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

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

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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The new exemption form available from Monday

Greetings

We have news from the MoE about the new exemption form and some of the other changes. I asked if I could put the email on our website.  Here is the answer:

By all means let your constituents know of the upcoming changes. However, we would appreciate if you did not release the application and detailed guidance document until they are up on our website on Monday.

So you can read the below email from the MoE then keep an eye on their website on Monday for all the updated information.

Kia ora Barbara

We would like to thank you for all of your feedback to date in respect to the Homeschooling Review 2014/15 which was tasked with improving home education in New Zealand.

This email is to inform you of the upcoming changes in the home education space which will commence on the 9th November 2015 as a result of this review.

These changes include an update to the content on the home education website including some more information around access to Special Education and other resources, a new application form, and a document containing detailed guidance in completing applications. The link to this website is http://parents.education.govt.nz/secondary-school/secondary-schooling-in-nz/homeschooling/

We will continue to work with our staff to develop best practice in regard to processing, approving and declining applications, the monitoring of home educators, and the fair and impartial assessment of appealed decisions.

Work on access to NCEA, Te Kura and other resources for home educators will continue and you will be provided with any updates as they becomes available.

The new application form and detailed guidance document has been attached for your information.

We again thank you for all of your feedback in respect to this review.

Many Thanks

Student Support

 

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

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

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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Changes to the Education Act

My internet is too slow at the moment so I can’t get into this link on my computer. From beginning to read the link, on my phone, it looks like we may have to do some lobbying over the proposed changes in the Education Act.

The first thing that I have noticed is that once a 5 year old begins school – school will be compulsory from the day that they first attend school.

“While children were able to start on their 5th birthday, the Act could be changed to make attendance compulsory once they did start, instead of from the age of 6.”

We often get inquiries from those parents whose 5 year olds are at school and they realise that school is not working for their child and want to home educate. Easy we say just pull your child out of school and begin home educating them. THEN begin filling out an application form to home educate them. You have up until they turn 6 to apply for the exemption.

If the law is changed then the family would have to leave their child in school until they get an exemption or go through the hoops to get a justified abense.

I still need to take a look at the proposed changes.

The proposed timeline for the changes to the Education Act at this stage:

“Public consultation opened on Monday and would run until December 14.

“The outcome would become known in early 2016, before a Bill was drafted and introduced to Parliament.”

 

Five-year-olds may no longer start school on their birthdays under an education review. stuff.co.nz
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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

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

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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Needing information

I have been home educating with an exemption for 29 years. Craig and I have had contact with the MoE for most of those years. I have to say that the current staff at the National Office of the MoE are the most home educating friendly National Office staff that we have had. We have seen them making changes to make the enviroment for home educating in New Zealand even better than it already was.

At the moment we are going through the Red Tape Cluster Buster meeting results and the Survey that many of you filled out. On many of the comments that you all made the MoE is listening and making changes. Hopefully we will be seeing the plain english version of the Exemption Form by the end of June.

There are some things that the MoE have discussed and decided to make no changes on. I would like to mention two of those things here and get your feedback where appropriate.

 

School Principals

The MoE still feels it needs to talk with the Principals during the exemption application process when we are pulling our children out of school to home educate them.  They did say to us in one meeting that if people are having trouble with their principal during the exemption application process then we need to let them know. Today I have just heard of two families having trouble with their principal during the application process.

If you have had or are having  any trouble with your principal due to the MoE contacting them during the exemption application process then please let me know.

 

Justified Absence

The same applies to “Justified Absence”. I thought that we might be able to use the term “Justified Absence” which schools have to justify why they are not at school for a period of time but the MoE is keeping to their decision that our children must be in school during the ages of 6-16 unless they already have an exemption.

So if you are having any a trouble getting a “Justified Absence” from your principal, a letter from your Dr or any other way then please let me know.

I still don’t have the internet on. This post has been written in a hurry as we are going out shortly to hopefully buy a car and see again about getting the internet at our new home. I want to hear from you as soon as possible so that we can talk to the MoE about this as soon as possible.

 

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

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

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

 

 

 

 

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