1.6 NAG 1.6 Enrolment and Transition Overview

Updated: 9.8.2018

P & P No: 1.6

Transition is an important issue in the life of our students, and in that of their families and caregivers. As well as procedures for career guidance and work skills experience, this section includes procedures for other transitions. These are the transitions from pre-school to primary school, primary to intermediate, intermediate to secondary and from secondary to the vocational sector. Each of these steps is a step in the direction of the school’s vision of students becoming active members of society.

Arahunga Enrolment Procedure

For guidelines on eligibility to enrol at a NZ school, please go to the Ministry of Education’s website.

Guidelines on Enrolment

Transition to School

  • The parents/caregivers, Arahunga Regional Manager (or appropraite Team Leader) and the Ministry of Education’s Manager of Learning Support need to meet in order to get the paperwork completed for a Section 9 agreement.
  • A transition meeting should occur, which should include early childhood teacher, the MoE key worker (if possible), and either the Arahunga Team Leader or the Arahunga Regional Manager.
  • At this meeting, information will be shared and a series of transition visits will be arranged.
  • When the transition visits occur, it is important that the student comes with someone (usually the parent/caregiver) not alone
  • Further meetings may be called if necessary

Section 9 Agreements


  • To ensure all students have Section 9 agreements
  • To ensure that students are placed in the educational environment that is the best fit for their needs and abilities


  • A Section 9 is a legal document which gives permission for a student to be educated at a Special School, or to receive Special Education services
  • Permission is required to be educated at a Special School as it is important that a student is placed in the educational environment that best meets their abilities, needs and aspirations
    The Learning Support Manager for the Region must be involved in the process, as they are the people who are responsible for signing the Section 9 forms
  • ORS Funded Students
  • The educational career of a student who is ORS funded has a number of transition points
    • pre-school to primary school
    • primary to intermediate
    • intermediate to secondary
    • secondary to vocational
    • These transition points are suitable opportunities to look in depth at the needs, interests, inclinations, and aspirations of the student and family, and to make a decision on educational placement that best fits these factors.

Career Guidance
Students will be provided with appropriate career information and guidance


  • to ensure we have up-to-date information on opportunities for training and employment available for our students
  • to offer assistance to students seeking employment, training and further education
  • to network with services and agencies who offer guidance and support
  • to offer students experience in a variety of work place settings
  • to offer students the opportunity to achieve NCEA credits and other NZQA based qualifications


  • skills required for work are reinforced in the classroom
  • students are assisted to become independent in the work place
  • programmes are developed around specific individual learner’s needs, interests, inclinations, and aspirations

Review schedule: Within 3 years

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