September 30, 2023

MoE discussions

There has been a reshuffle in the MoE. It seems like this could be a very good reshuffle – time will tell.

Today I received this email. I would love any comments you have to make.

Good afternoon,

I hope that this finds you well.

Lucy Ambrose at the Ministry of Education (MoE) provided me with your details. BUT first introductions.

My name is Mireille Consalvey and I am helping to coordinate a project being led by Megan Reid here at MoE. The aim of this project – called the Red Tape Clutter Buster – is to reduce or stop those “red tape” activities that deliver little or no value; and to streamline and improve existing processes.  In addition we are looking at resourcing forms and online templates.  Our intention is to simplify forms, and retire ones that are low value.

We would be delighted if you/and others as appropriate might be willing to meet with us. Typically meetings last no more than an hour and whilst we have some questions (below) to set the creative juices flowing what we really want is a “free and frank” conversation about red tape around homeschooling.

If you are keen/able might I would then suggest some dates and we are flexible and naturally can come to you.

With best wishes, Mireille


•             What would the ideal process look like?

•             What needs to be included in the process?

•             How can forms, funding allocations, timing etc be improved to ensure the process works best?

•             What types of activity is seen as entirely compliance driven for you? 

•             Do you have any specific examples of best practice that you believe should be considered in an improved model?  

Mireille Consalvey | Project Coordinator – Contractor | Sector Enablement and Support

Ministry of Education | Te T?huhu o te M?tauranga



  1. Sounds too good to be true! Are you going to have a meeting with them, Barbara?
    What exactly are the questions about? The exemption process?

    Here are my comments, briefly:

    1) The best thing to do, of course, would be to scrap the compulsory attendance law. No, actually the best thing would be for the government to get out of the education business altogether. Failing that, however…

    2) I’ve long thought that the best way to do the exemption process would be to have someone experienced, ideally from the ERO, simply meet with the family for a discussion (based around standard questions) to ascertain whether the parents are reasonable people who care about their children’s education, as it seems to me that that is the best or only realistic criterion of assessment.

    That would be similar to the procedure for issuing firearms licences. I remember when my husband got his for the first time, the rather chatty policeman told us that the questions were merely perfunctory, and that they know as soon as they walk in the door whether or not they are going to grant the licence. “The police know what to look for,” he said.

    What do others think?