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

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.

Go to school deciles for more information.

Results of the 2014 decile recalculation

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.

Key dates for funding changes

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.

Resources affected by decile changes

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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