June 12, 2021

Home education Statistics 2019

As at 1 July 2019, there were 6,573 home schooled students. These students belong to 3,597 families and represent 0.8% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2019.

The number of home educators in New Zealand has been increasing over the last few years. In fact this is the highest number of home educators in New Zealand since statistics began in 1998 when there were 4909 children, and less than 100 children when we began in 1985. First line is Males, second line is females and the third is the total home educators in New Zealand.

1985 less than 100 children home educating

2,568 Males
2,341 Females
4,909 Total

More statistics:

Homeschooling Turnover

Between 1 July 2018 and 1 July 2019 there was an overall net increase of 275 students; 1,347 students entered into homeschooling and 1,072 students finished homeschooling.

The average age of the 1,347 students entering into homeschooling was 9 years old, 82.6% were aged 12 or under and 1.1% were age 16 or above…

The average age of the 1,072 students finishing homeschooling was 13 years old, 44.8% were aged 12 or under, and 23.5% were 16-years old or above. Of the students finishing homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2019, 28% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 37.9% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years, and 12.2% had been in homeschooling for 10 years or more. The average time spent in homeschooling of leaving students was 3.9 years.

One-on-One Tables

The box below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to homeschooling turnover.

For more information:

Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate


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