Education at off-site locations

Changes to the Education Act mean that your school might now need to get approval from the Ministry of Education when you're educating students at an off-site location.

The approval and written agreement will set out who’s responsible for education at the off-site location and who’s responsible for the welfare and safety of students there.  

For schools with existing off-site locations

If your school already has an off-site location, your local Ministry office will contact you and guide you through the process for getting approval and a signed agreement. These need to be in place by 19 May 2018.

New off-site arrangements

An off-site location needs our approval only if all of these 5 points apply:

  1. One or more students enrolled at your school or another school will be using the site.
  2. Students will be educated at the site.
  3. The use of the off-site location is ongoing not temporary.
  4. The site is separate from the school’s main delivery site (your usual address, which can include closely-located split sites such as a side school).
  5. There are 2 parties – your board whose students are going off-site and the host party (which could be a subcontracted third party using its own or another site). Your board needs to provide evidence to us that the host agrees to the use.

Go to the full list of off-site locations that may or may not need our approval 


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