Supporting transitions

Information in this section will help schools support students who are entering, returning to or leaving the New Zealand school system.

Level of complianceMain audienceOther


  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Parents, Caregivers, and Whānau
  • Boards
  • Service Academies


Education service for youth courts

Help returning young people to education from the justice system

Home education

National Transition Guidelines for students with additional learning needs

International student visitors

Refugee background students

Trades Academies

Vocational Pathways — Youth Guarantee website(external link)

Early leaving exemption (EXL)

Education to employment

Service 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.

Contact a Services Academies school for more information about the programme.

Services Academies — Alternative education website(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 your school wishes to register its interest in running the Services Academies’ programme  email us with the name and contact details for your school’s contact person. You should also include a brief description about why your school wants to run the programme.


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