Early leaving exemption (ELX)

The early leaving exemption (ELX) is for students aged 15 who are intending to follow a successful pathway outside the formal school system. This may include employment or a training course.

Options to explore

Before ELX is considered, students should be encouraged to explore other options.

The Youth Guarantee website has information about the Gateway programme, Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) and Trades Academies initiatives.

Youth Guarantee website(external link)

The Careers NZ website has information on work experience options and making career decisions after school.

Work experience options — Careers NZ website(external link)

The Te Kura (formerly known as the Correspondence School) website has information on a range of programmes and courses.

Subjects and courses — Te Kura website(external link)

The Te Kura Ipurangi (TKI) website has information on alternative education options, activity centres and service academies.

Alternative education  TKI website(external link)

Parents and caregivers can also find information on our Parents website.

Leaving school before the age of 16(external link)

Parents who still think their child would benefit from ELX after they’ve considered these alternatives, should contact their local Ministry office to discuss the ELX option.

Local Ministry office

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