Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017

  • A correction has been made to section 156(2) on 19 May 2017 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.
10 New sections 5A to 5C inserted

After section 5, insert:

5A Cohort entry policy

(1)

A State school, State integrated school, or partnership school kura hourua may adopt or revoke a cohort entry policy if the school consults and gives notice in accordance with section 5C.

(2)

A cohort entry policy must—

(a)

apply to all children aged 4 or 5 who have not previously enrolled in a registered school or an enrolling community of online learning; and

(b)

provide that a child may only be enrolled on a term start date determined in accordance with section 5B.

(3)

Despite a school having a cohort entry policy in place, a child may be enrolled on a date that is later than the date determined under the policy if the later date—

(a)

is a term start date; and

(b)

otherwise complies with this Act.

(4)

In this section and section 5B, a term start date for a school means, in relation to a term, the first day in that term that the school is open for instruction.

5B Determining term start dates under cohort entry policy

(1)

If a school has a cohort entry policy in place, the term start date on which a child may be enrolled in the school must be determined in accordance with this section.

(2)

A child whose fifth birthday is on or after a mid-term and before the next mid-term, may not be enrolled until the term start date of that next term.

(3)

The Minister may, before 1 July in any year, prescribe the mid-term dates for the next year.

(4)

If the Minister has not prescribed mid-term dates for a year, the same mid-term dates as the year before will apply.

5C Adoption or revocation of cohort entry policy

(1)

When developing a proposed cohort entry policy for a school, a board must take all reasonable steps to discover and consider the views of the following persons about the policy and whether it is generally acceptable:

(a)

parents of students at the school:

(b)

employees of the board at the school:

(c)

early childhood services in the local community:

(d)

parents of prospective students of the school.

(2)

When considering whether to revoke a cohort entry policy, a board must take all reasonable steps to discover and consider the views of the persons described in subsection (1) as to whether the policy should be revoked.

(3)

A board must take all reasonable steps to give notice of at least 1 term to the Secretary and the persons described in subsection (1) before a cohort entry policy takes effect or ceases to have effect.