August 31, 2015


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Email from the National Library

National library of New Zealand Te Puna M?tauranga o Aotearoa

Tena koe Barbara

We thought the Home Education Foundation might be interested in an update on the National Library Services to Schools Transformation.  We would appreciate it you could circulate this update to others within the Home Education Foundation as you deem appropriate.

Services to Schools Update

In this update

•             Project overview

•             Interest from schools

•             Implementation 2016

•             Service concepts

•             Expert input

•             Proposed changes to National Library Services to Schools Team

Project overview

As you know we are changing the way National Library supports schools; that’s in order for us to increase the reach and impact of our service.

Our vision is that young people have access to effective and connected library services and library learning environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners.

The basis for the transformation was articulated in an independent review in 2012 by highly respected educationalist Mary Chamberlain, MNZM.

The transformation will enable us to:

•             Improve reading engagement for students

•             Support digital literacy for students and teachers

•             Support the development of modern library learning environments

Our Services Strategy 2015-2018, approved last year, signalled the move to a new operating model, structure and culture to deliver the above.

The new operating model will ensure our team has the confidence and capability to provide a sustainable service that’s fit for the 21st Century learning environment.

The new operating model will be implemented over the next four years.

We’ve listened to feedback and have invited others to work with us on finalising the new model.

We are receiving input from schools, thought leaders and expert practitioners in education, library and digital development and our own National Library staff to further refine these services through to the end of 2018.

Interest from schools

When we approached schools to be one of 15 to work closely with us on refining the new services we had no idea we would receive so many applications.

Registrations of interest closed in May with more than 190 schools putting their hands up to work with us.

We have now confirmed the 15 schools who will work closely with us over the next 18 months.  They have been chosen on a set of criteria which include location, decile, type and size of school.

The list of the 15 schools is available on Services to Schools website.

We are also keen to keep in close touch with the other 170+ schools that came forward so they can contribute to the transformation that will be taking place.

We will be inviting them to join us in a series of workshops around the country in term three to help provide input ahead of the design of prototype services.

Implementation 2016

The new service offering for schools will commence with prototype services starting to come into effect from the beginning of the school year in January 2016.

When these new services come into effect we will still see them as ‘prototype’ services, subject to a further year of testing and shaping with schools and experts.

We intend to communicate with schools during the second half of term three 2015 regarding how they can access our services in the 2016 school year.

Service concepts

We are currently working on how each of the new services will look.  The first step of this process has been working with our own staff.

The next step will be to involve our 15 schools and expert practitioners to get these services ready for prototyping in 2016.

Expert input

A project reference group has been established to help us transform our services.

The project reference group is made up of strategic thinkers from the education, library and digital development fields.  This group will provide input on the transformation and will challenge and test our thinking.  They will meet twice yearly until the end of 2017.

Proposed changes to National Library team

In order to support and deliver these transformed services we need to look internally at the organisational structure required in the Services to Schools Team. We embarked on a consultation with our staff this week about the operational structure of Services to Schools.

This exercise will take place in advance of the new service offering referred to earlier in this update. Final decisions are to be made in August following staff consultation.

We are committed to increasing the reach and impact of our services to schools and we are confident that the changes proposed will enable us to do this.

To this end the key change proposed is to introduce more of a national delivery model with lending services provided from Christchurch in the South and Auckland in the North.

If you have any questions please contact Geraldine Howell, Director Literacy, Learning and Public Programmes on 04 474 3071 or email S2Stransformation@dia.govt.nz.

Regards

Geraldine Howell

Director Literacy Learning Public Programmes, National Library

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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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Home Schooling: Research, Socialisation, ECE

Several people ask me for links to help them when talking with unsupportive relatives, NGOs such as WINZ and CYFs, preparing court cases etc.
Please share in the comments any of your favourite links – thanks
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Research

- Beyond Homeschooling NZ 2013 – results of a New Zealand survey of those who have finished being home educated

- ROACHE-LEO.jpgThis is a PHd study done on Home schooling in NZ back in 2010 (it took a couple of years to complete)

Those top two links are the best two and most recent studies done on Home schooling in NZ
- NCHENZ did a survey of home educators (not published) earlier this year. It might be good to contact them for their survey as well.
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Then there are a few overseas studies:
MoE
http://hef.org.nz/…/ministry-of-education-review…/ From the research the MoE did on home education this year “The research also indicates that homeschooled children tend to be well socialised.”
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 ECE

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General

- Some YouTubes of Craig a month before he died of a Brain tumour: Look at this list for the ones that might be helpful: http://hef.org.nz/youtube-with-craig/
 
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If you are looking for a home education friendly lawyer then please contact me for more information on Daniel and/or Madeleine

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 22 April 2014:  Two years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 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:

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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Education Law in New Zealand- updated with extra links

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 16 to go to school

PART III ENROLMENT AND ATTENDANCE OF STUDENTS
20 New Zealand citizens and residents between 6 and 16 to go to school
  • (1) Except as provided in this Act, every person who is not an international student is required to be enrolled at a registered school at all times during the period beginning on the person’s sixth birthday and ending on the person’s 16th birthday.

    (2) Before a child’s seventh birthday, the child is not required to be enrolled at any school more than 3 kilometres walking distance from the child’s residence.

    Compare: 1964 No 135 ss 108, 109

    Section 20 heading: amended, on 1 January 1993, by section 5 of the Education Amendment Act (No 4) 1991 (1991 No 136).

    Section 20(1): amended, on 30 August 2011, by section 13 of the Education Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 66).

    Section 20(1): amended, on 1 January 1993, by section 5(1) of the Education Amendment Act (No 4) 1991 (1991 No 136).

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 referred to as a designated officer) may, by certificate given to a person’s parent, exempt the person from the requirements of section 20,—

    • (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) continues in force until it is revoked or expires under this section.

    (3) If a designated officer refuses to grant a certificate under subsection (1), 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) shall state why it was given.

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

    (7) The Secretary shall not revoke a certificate under subsection (1) or subsection (3), 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) the certificate was originally granted on.

    (8) If the Secretary thinks any person exempted under subsection (1) would be better off getting special education, the Secretary may revoke the certificate and issue a direction under section 9.

    (8A) A certificate for the time being in force under subsection (1) or subsection (3) expires when the person to whom it applies turns 16 or enrols at a registered school, whichever happens first.

    (9) Every certificate of exemption under section 111 of the Education Act 1964 that was in force on 30 September 1989 shall be deemed to have been granted—

    • (a) on the ground specified in subsection (1)(b)(i) if it was in fact granted—

    • (b) on the ground specified in subsection (1)(b)(ii) if it was in fact granted—

    and may be revoked under this section accordingly.

    Section 21(2): amended, on 19 December 1998, by section 10(1) of the Education Amendment Act (No 2) 1998 (1998 No 118).

    Section 21(6): amended, on 23 July 1990, by section 10 of the Education Amendment Act 1990 (1990 No 60).

    Section 21(8A): inserted, on 19 December 1998, by section 10(2) of the Education Amendment Act (No 2) 1998 (1998 No 118).

    Section 21(9): inserted, on 1 January 1990, by section 8 of the Education Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 156).

    Section 21 compare note: repealed, on 20 May 2010, by section 11 of the Education Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 25).

walking distance, in relation to travel between a person’s residence and a school,—
  • (a) where there is no public transport that the person can conveniently use, means the distance (measured along the most direct route by public road, public footpath, or combination of both) between the residence and the school; and

  • (b) where in both directions there is public transport that the person can conveniently use, means the sum of the following distances (each measured along the most direct route by public road, public footpath, or combination of both) or, where the sum is greater in one direction than the other, the greater sum:

    • (i) the distance between the residence and the place where public transport must first be taken (or, as the case may be, finally be left); and

    • (ii) the distance between the school and the place where public transport must finally be left (or, as the case may be, first be taken); and

    • (iii) every intermediate distance between one element of public transport and another

Extra links:

Special education
Secretary’s powers when excluded student younger than 16
Employment of school-age children
Ensuring attendance of students
Effect of exemption
Penalty for failure to enrol
Exemption from attendance
Burden of proof on parents

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NZ Herald poll: Home school

In today’s NZ Herald poll (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/ middle of the page) is a poll on which education method is best.

The 3rd option is “Home school”. Now running at 4%. Maybe we could get it higher? :-)

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Sex education for five year olds in school

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/graphic-sex-education-program-for-5-year-olds-shocks-new-zealand-parents

 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:  whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God…”

I speak as one willing to give an account for my words, a messenger of what I have seen and heard the Spirit presently say to the ekklesia.  If you can receive it, receive it…and blessed is he who is not offended.  “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, and deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”

For a Christian to send their children to public school in this day and age out of laziness (“it is too much work”,  “it will take away from time for myself”, “they drive me nuts, I need a break”), fear (“I don’t have the skill or knowledge”, “what will my family and friends think”), and greed (“I need to spend time working, not teaching”)…is offering them to Molech.

God will hold all to account who, being made masters over His household, instead engage in their own pursuits at the expense of their responsibility.  The fruit which we have born, was born on His behalf, and should be offered only to Him…not offered to others.

Any time we place a man-made priority higher than a God-made one, we are making an offering to an unknown god on our own selfish behalf.

If so be that God has in times past overlooked our ignorance and pulled us from Molech’s fire: yet we would be fools to not acknowledge He did so by His mercy, and we ought not presumptuously use that as justification to toss our own children into it!

Let him who has ears, hear!

Maranatha!

Rob Berger

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Please feel free to forward, email, share, etc – thankyou

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated: 30 September 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

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/

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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