Your child at school

Choosing a secondary school

Choosing a secondary school is an important decision, and if you have a choice of secondary school it's worth you and your child taking the time together to look at possible schools and explore the options available.

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Enrolling and starting at secondary school

Students move on to secondary school when they have finished Year 8, usually when they are 13 (although some will be younger or older).

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Making sure your child attends school

Every single day counts towards your child’s learning at secondary school and gives your child the best chance to gain qualifications and do well in life.

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Things to know about your child's teacher

A teacher must have a current practising certificate. This shows they are suitably trained and meet the appropriate standards to be a teacher. 

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When your child is ditching school

Truancy - ditching, wagging or skipping school is a serious issue. Your child is less likely to succeed at school and more likely to leave without the education and qualifications they need to do well in life.

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Boarding allowances

If your child lives in a remote area or faces other barriers to achieving at school you can apply for funding so that they can board away from home and focus on their studies.

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Leaving school before the age of 16

By law children in New Zealand aged 6 to 16 years old must be enrolled in school. There are some situations where your 15 year old can get permission to leave school early. This could be to go on to other training or a job. To discuss this option contact the local Ministry of Education office.

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Moving on from secondary school

There's a lot to think about when leaving school - going to university or polytech, getting started in a job, or doing an apprenticeship are just some of the options. Here are some websites and resources that can help with the decision making.

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Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions, expulsions

Removing a child from school or kura should always be the last resort after a range of other interventions have been tried and have failed to improve the situation. If your child is stood down or suspended from a state or state-integrated school or kura you can find out what to do next and where to go to get advice and support here.

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