Your child at school
- Choosing a secondary school
- Enrolling and starting at secondary school
- Making sure your child attends school
- Things to know about your child's teacher
- When your child is ditching school
- Boarding allowances
- Leaving school before the age of 16
- Moving on from secondary school
- Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions, expulsions
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.
Students move on to secondary school when they have finished Year 8, usually when they are 13 (although some will be younger or older).
A teacher must have a current practising certificate. This shows they are suitably trained and meet the appropriate standards to be a teacher.
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.
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.
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.
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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