Supporting students

Home schooling, student wellbeing, scholarships and competitions, special education needs, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and other options to help students continue their education come under the supporting students section.

My education, my voice

If you're aged between 14 and 18 years, have your say about the education system and sign up to be part of the Youth Advisory Group or the Online Youth Forum.

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Student wellbeing

For information on the national mentoring service for Māori and Pasifika students, bullying prevention and response, emergencies, and the support we provide in youth courts. go to Student wellbeing.

Scholarships and competitions

Scholarships and competitions for students 

Students with learning support needs

How the special education system works and the range of services and support available through the Ministry of Education and schools and kura.

Other options and help for students to continue their education

These include:

Services Academies

Programme description

  • Services Academies is a one-year programme run within secondary schools in collaboration with the New Zealand Defence Force.
  • The programme is aimed at Year 12 and Year 13 students who are at risk of disengaging from education and who would benefit from a disciplined programme that will motivate and challenge them.
  • The key objectives of Services Academies is to support students to improve their NCEA qualifications, and to develop students’ leadership and life skills.
  • Please contact a Services Academies school for more information about the programme (external link) .

Information for schools: current status of the Services Academies programme and process to register your interest

  • Funding for the Services Academies programme is currently fully allocated and the Ministry will not be expanding the number of Services Academies in 2019.
  • If a school wishes to register their interest in running the Services Academies’ programme please email with the name and contact details for the school’s contact person. Please also include a brief description about why the school wants to run the programme.

Preparing for and dealing with emergencies and traumatic incidents

Your school or ECE may face a natural disaster or pandemic. Other traumatic incidents could include criminal acts or student suicide. It’s important to be prepared for these events and know how to respond if they happen. If you need the Traumatic incident team -  0800 TI Team (0800 848 326) or go to preparing for and dealing with emergencies and traumatic incidents.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Count me in supporters guide

Count Me In Supporters Guide is for anyone working with young people to get them back into education to gain a relevant qualification.

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