Religious instruction guidelines for primary and intermediate schools

Boards can choose to close their school to allow religious instruction programmes, under certain conditions. Some boards may not close their school to allow religious instruction programmes, others may choose to because it reflects what their community wants.

The kind of religious instruction, and content of religious instruction programmes allowed may vary greatly between schools.

The legal framework regulating religious instruction can be hard to navigate. That’s why we’ve produced guidelines for primary and intermediate schools on religious instruction, which we consulted on late last year.

The guidelines show boards how to:

  • allow religious instruction in a way that complies with our education laws and human rights laws
  • protects the rights of diverse students and their families and whānau to be free from discrimination based on their religious or non-religious beliefs.

Guidelines on religious instruction in state primary and intermediate schools and Nga kura [DOCX, 138 KB]

Summary of the Guidelines on religious instruction in state primary and intermediate schools and ngā kura [DOCX, 61 KB]

Consultation on the draft guidelines including a summary of the submissions received 

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