Homeschooling with an exemption
If you travel overseas for more than 28 days, enroll your child in a school, or otherwise stop homeschooling, then this affects your eligibility for the allowance. In particular note the below section on Te Kura for students 16yo+
Enrolled in Te Kura under a funded gateway
- Enrolled for at least 10 weeks of the 6 month period
- Returning assessable work at least once each fortnight
- Residing in NZ
- Not enrolled as a young adult (16-19yo) or under dual enrollment with a school, or as a fee-paying student
These students are enrolled in a registered school (Te Kura) which is why they don't need an exemption.
Fee-paying Te Kura students
As you will read below, there are other registered schools delivering distance education these days which you can enroll your student in on a fee-paying basis (because they are private schools) and for which you do not require an exemption. Te Kura is the exception. I've thought about suggesting to the Ministry that this needs revisiting in light of recent changes - so parents who are willing to pay for Te Kura need not get an exemption first - however, the reasons to keep it how it is are:
- requiring an exemption is a (small) "barrier" to enrolling in Te Kura on this basis - theoretically limiting the number who will do so, which the Ministry prefers
- parents who remove their kids from school and pay for Te Kura are free to withdraw from Te Kura at any time - the exemption demonstrates the parents' ability to ensure they will be taught at least as regularly and well as they would be in school, and means that parents have formally accepted responsibility for this, whether they continue to use Te Kura or not.
- holding an exemption while paying fees means you can get the homeschool supervision allowance (as above), so that's something at least.
Enrolled in Te Kura as a Young Adult (age 16-19)
- For students who have homeschooling exemptions - they can do one or two free Te Kura subjects, with no effect on the exemption or homeschooling allowance - which continue.
- If an exempt student enrolls in 3 or more Te Kura subjects as a young adult, then they are considered to be "full time" funded students, and the exemption ceases, and with it, the supervision allowance.
- Students enrolled as young adults are not eligible for the Te Kura Student Support Payments.
Other Distance Learning Schools
Current NZ registered schools offering distance learning are: Mt Hobson Academy, AGE School, 3H International School, Crimson Global Academy, Amana Christian School and Otamatea Christian School. More on this option in an article to come.