November 19, 2017

Are you about to write an exemption?

From AHE (Auckland Home Educators)

The Auckland office of the Ministry of Education is receiving increasing numbers of exemption applications.
Fay Norman has been processing all the applications herself over the last two and half years. She is now retiring and the job of processing exemptions will be distributed to six different Auckland regions with one liaison person overseeing from the Auckland office.

If you live in the Auckland Area (which extends from Wellsford to Mercer) you still need to submit your exemption to the Auckland Office (12-18 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, or post to: Private Bag 92644 Symonds Street, Auckland 1150, or by email: enquiries.auckland@education.govt.nz)

Your exemption will be initially processed by Atarangi Putamainu (Ati). Ati has been receiving applications for a number or years, but now, instead of passing the information on to Fay Norman, Ati will pass the application on to a team member in the region that you live. Ati will be available by phone (09-632 9400) if you have questions about your application. If she is not able to answer your questions she will pass you on to the person processing your application.

The six regions are (approximately):
North: Wellsford to the North Shore
West: Helensville to New Lynn
Central: Avondale to Remuera
East: Kohimarama to Howick
Southwest: Onehunga to Manukau
South: Manurewa to Mercer

Julie Spedding will be the Home Education liaison person for the Auckland Region. She is based in the Auckland office and wants to see consistency between all the six regions. Fay Norman has provided training sessions for each manager in the six regions, though the actual processing will be completed by one of their team members. It will be overseen and signed off by the manager.

Julie is keen to hear feedback about how this new system is working. It begins next week – Monday 12 December 2016
I will be in regular contact with Julie, so please encourage anyone you know who is doing an application to get in touch and let me know how it goes. We hope there will be a smooth transition to the new system.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to the Ministry of Education, please feel free to contact me and I will do what I can to help (govtliaison@ahe.org.nz)

Please pass this on to anyone in the Auckland area that may be doing an exemption in the future.
Thank you
Natalie Donaldson
Government Liaison
for :

Auckland Home Educators
www.ahe.org.nz

AHE Supports Home-Educators in Auckland Thinking of home-educating?Come along to an AHE Information Session. Find out more about what home-schooling involves, what support is available and the legal process.  Be reassured that home-education isn’t as hard as you think!  Contact Michelle at infosessions@ahe.org.nz to find out when the next Information Session will be held.

 

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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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