Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Frequently Asked Questions page is designed to help you find answers on this site to some commonly-asked questions.

The most basic question is: What is home schooling / home education? Well, first, it is NOT school at home. Second it is NOT Correspondence School. Third, it is NOT supplementary tutoring. Fourth it is NOT where students are enrolled in a school but exempted from attendance for disciplinary and similar reasons. All of these groups have some things in common with home schoolers, and may find help on this site.

However, our target is New Zealand parents / guardians teaching their children (or possibly arranging private tutoring) without having them enrolled in a school. If the children are between six and 16, then the parents must get an exemption from enrollment.

Contents

Questions about home education

Requirements

Practical issues

Questions about resources

Internet


Questions about home education

Requirements

Is it legal to not send children to school?

How do I get started?

How do I get an exemption?

What else does the Ministry require?

What is the supervision allowance?

Are there any checks on home educators?

Practical issues

Planning your exemption application

Are there any negatives of home education?

What about socialisation?

Where can I get help with my exemption, planning a curriculum, etc?

How do I teach subjects when I’m no expert?

What if my children won’t “do” a subject?

What about qualifications?

What have people said about education – especially in the home?

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Questions about resources

Internet

What other web sites might help?

What other web sites deal with home education in NZ?

What web sites deal with home education in the rest of the world?

What web sites on education / for children are there in NZ?

What web sites are there about NZ information?

What international web sites may be of general interest?

What NZ search engines / indexes are out there?

What international search engines / indexes are out there?

What NZ E-mail lists are there for home educators?

What NZ E-mail lists are there for home educated young people?

What other E-mail lists might interest Kiwi home educators?

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