Decile reviews

General information about reviews of school deciles.

Each year your school can request a review of its decile if you believe your catchment area or socio-economic circumstances have changed significantly.

Decile Review 2017

The Decile Review 2017 opens on Monday 24 July 2017. This is the 2017 Annual Review.

In the five year period between the recalculation of deciles with new Census data, schools are able to seek a review of their decile annually. This enables schools to seek a reassessment of their decile in situations where the socio-economic profile of their community has changed.

Each year, schools can apply for a review of their decile rating if they believe there has been a significant change in the schools roll profile since the original five-yearly assessment was made.

To apply for a review of decile rating, schools need to supply information which is outlined in the application pack. The application pack, including information about how to apply for a decile review, and templates for use is available on the Education Counts website (external link) .

Applications for the 2017 Decile Review must be received before 5.00pm Monday 25 September 2017. Results of the Review will be provided by the end of the school year.

Valid grounds for a review

Your school can apply for a review of its decile based on one, or both, of these grounds:

  • a significant change to your school’s catchment area 
  • a significant change in the socio-economic status of your students.

The change must be specific and dramatic. Apart from small schools, few experience enough change to make a change in decile necessary. Some examples of significant change are:

  • your community is very small and the arrival or departure of families has changed the character of the area 
  • the character of housing development in your area has changed
  • a large number of people in your community have been made redundant.

Contact your regional office to discuss if your school has valid grounds to apply for a review.

When to apply for a decile review

We advertise the annual review period in the Education Gazette (external link) and School Leaders Bulletin in August each year.

The deadline for review applications is usually the end of September.

How to apply for a decile review

Decile review application packs can be downloaded from Education Counts (external link) .

Alternatively, you may email decile.reviews@education.govt.nz to be emailed an application pack. If your school emails the decile reviews mailbox, we will follow up with your school at the end of the application period if we have not received a completed application.

All information required to complete a decile review application is included in the pack. Please read the included documents carefully before submitting your application.

What evidence your school needs to supply

We calculate deciles based on 5 socio-economic indicators that affect academic achievement, so you need to provide evidence relating to these indicators.

The information must be more up to date than the latest Census information (Census 2013 (external link) ).

School deciles tells you about the 5 indicators and how we use them to calculate your school’s rating.

Evidence is collected using templates included in the decile review application pack.

What happens after a review

If your application is successful, your new decile rating will take effect at the beginning of the next school year.

If your application is not successful, your school will not be disadvantaged because of the review. Deciles cannot increase as the result of a decile review. Your school’s decile will simply remain as it is.

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