Next, primary education begins for a child when they turn five years old. School is year round and as soon as the child turns five they begin into the school system. New Zealand is unique in this aspect of no starting dates. When a child turns five they are able to go to school whenever the term or the family finds suitable to begin. All students must be enrolled for school by six years of age, so the first year allows so wiggle room fro families and their child. There are four terms to the school year that a child may enroll of begin classes:
1. Term one: Late January to early April-Two week break
2. Tern two: Mid April to early July-Two week break
3. Term three: Mid July to late September- Two week break
4. Term four: Mid October to Mid December: Six week holiday break
Classes generally start around nine in the morning and end it the late afternoon (3:00-3:00pm), which is about the normal day at school for a United States child. The national curriculum for New Zealand is shooting to achieve: “confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners” (https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz). With core concepts such as: English, art, heath and physical education, languages, math, science, social science, and technology. The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is what holds students to the highest standards of education. These are the standards the students are tested on during their time in primary education and they can score a one, two, or three on their certificate. Schools send report cards twice and year and teachers are always welcomed to go and speak to the teacher.
Discipline is schooling involves keeping a student for detention or extra school work since it is completely illegal in New Zealand to us...
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...t with the current times, and consistent. This includes a lot of school regulation.
Further education in New Zealand includes higher education and vocational education. Technical and vocational education in New Zealand are ran within schools and outside providers in the years of 11-13 primary school, or for the ages about 15-18 years old, students can begin to learn and earn certificates or NCEA level 2 qualifications. These are trade type classes such as construction, agriculture, mechanics, etc. I think this is a great way to help students get more education on a well paying trade job and earning higher education. Not every student wants to go on to college and if they don’t know any other trade classes they could be stuck. This helps provide tools and certifications for students who may not want to go to college or will need a good job to help pay for college.