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2015 Homeschooling Statistics in NZ

 

Map of New Zealand

The 2015 Home Schooling Statistic for 2015 are now on the MoE website.

Homeschooling

“This index page provides links to data on 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.

“European/P?keh? students are more likely to be homeschooled than any other ethnic group with 81.5% of all homeschoolers identifying as European/P?keh? compared to 52.3% of the total school population. Only 7.6% of homeschoolers identify as M?ori compared to 23.6% of the total school population, 2.0% of homeschoolers identify as Pasifika compared to 9.8% of the total school population, and 2.1% of homeschoolers identify as Asian compared to 10.6% of the total school population. The ethnicity of 2.7% of homeschoolers is unknown.

“The chart below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in Homeschooling.”

Homeschooling Students Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size 

The concern we have had every year when the statistics are released is the same again this year with about a 1,000 children beginning home education and about 1000 finishing home education each year. These are the statistics that are of concern: “21.6% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 36.4% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years”

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, 86.6% were aged 12 or under and 1.0% were age 16 or above. Of the students entering homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2015, 75.0% identified as European/P?keh?, 10.1% identified as M?ori, 3.4% identified as Pasifika, 2.9% identified as Asian, and 2.1% of homeschoolers ethnicity were unknown.

“The average age of the 1,029 students finishing homeschooling was 14 years old, 38.4% were aged 12 or under, and 24.5% were 16-years old or above. Of the students finishing homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2015, 21.6% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 36.4% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years, and 12.5% had been in homeschooling for 10 years or more. The average time spent in homeschooling of leaving students was 4.4 years.

“The chart below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to student numbers.”

Homeschooling One-on-One Table Downloads:File Type & Size 

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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/

 

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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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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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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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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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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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