Every child in New Zealand has a right to education.
While most New Zealand children are educated in schools, the Government also allows parents to make other choices. Some parents choose to take on the responsibility of educating their children. In order to do this, they will have sought and been granted an exemption from enrolling their children at registered schools. This is commonly referred to as homeschooling or home educating.
In granting this exemption, the Secretary for Education accepts that each child will be taught at least as regularly and well at home as in a registered school. If a child is not being taught as regularly and well as in a registered school the Secretary for Education can revoke the Certificate of Exemption.
ERO carries out reviews when requested by the Secretary for Education, or in other particular circumstances.
For more information about home schooling reviews please contact ERO.
If you are considering home schooling as an option for your child, you will need to get approval from the Ministry of Education. Contact your local Ministry of Education office for more information.