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.
The Careers NZ website has information on work experience options and making career decisions after school.
The Te Kura (formerly known as the Correspondence School) website has information on a range of programmes and courses.
The Te Kura Ipurangi (TKI) website has information on alternative education options, activity centres and service academies.
Parents and caregivers can also find information on our Parents website.
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.
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