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, training course).
Before ELX is considered students should be encouraged to explore other options first.
These could include:
- Youth guarantee (external link)
- work experience, visits or work courses (external link)
- Gateway programmes (external link)
- STAR programmes (external link)
- Te Kura (formerly known as the Correspondence School) (external link)
- Education outside mainstream (external link)
(this can include alternative education, activity centres, service academies and trades academies)
Parents can also check out the leaving school before the age of 16 information (external link) 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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