2014 decile recalculation
Funding for some schools changed as a result of the 2014 decile recalculation. Find out what’s changed and get key dates for the changes.
Deciles for all state and state-integrated schools were recalculated in 2014 and resulted in funding changes for some schools.
For affected schools, the changes will be only a small proportion of operational grant funding.
- Why deciles change
- Results of the 2014 decile recalculation
- Key dates for funding changes
- Resources affected by decile changes
Recalculated deciles better reflect schools’ current circumstances and mean funding can be targeted as intended — to help schools overcome any barriers to learning that students from lower socio-economic communities might face.
As a result of the 2014 decile recalculation:
- 800 schools moved to a lower decile and had their funding for 2015 increased
- 822 schools had no change in their decile
- 784 schools moved to a higher decile, and will receive decreased funding over time.
For schools moving to a lower decile
For schools with a lower decile, their new, higher funding rates apply from the beginning of the 2015 school year (28 January 2015).
For schools moving to a higher decile – transition dates
For schools with a higher decile, their new, lower funding rates will be gradually introduced over 18 months. These schools:
- remain on the 2014 funding rate until 1 July 2015
- move half way towards their new funding rate on 1 July 2015
- move the rest of the way on 1 July 2016.
This gradual approach allows more time for schools to plan for the change.
Three components of the operational grant depend on school deciles.
- Targeted Funding for Educational Achievement
- The Special Education Grant
- The Careers Information Grant.
Deciles affect the allocation of the following Ministry of Education resources.
- Resource Teachers for Learning and Behaviour — we’ve already determined allocations by cluster for the current contract round, using old deciles. We have no plans to change these allocations. The next contract round is several years away.
- Reading Recovery — we’ve determined the allocation for 2015 and it won’t be altered. We’ll consider changes for 2016.
- Social Workers in Schools — we’ve determined the allocations under current contracts using old deciles. We have no plans to change this allocation.
- Kura Transport — kura in deciles 1 to 4 that are moving to deciles 5 to 10 have lost some transport funding from the beginning of 2015. We’ve identified 2 kura as being affected.
A decile change can also affect principal and teacher remuneration as follows.
- Principals’ salaries — for a school with a higher decile rating, the decile funding component of a principal’s salary will be protected for a period of 24 months from the beginning of the 2015 school year.
- Staffing Incentive Allowance, High Priority Principals’ Allowance and Priority Teacher Staffing Allowance — these allowances aren’t explicitly linked to deciles. However, deciles are one of a number of factors that we take into account when we determine the list of eligible schools. We have no plans to change the lists at this time — we would consult with teacher unions if any changes were considered in the future.
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