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 2019
- Valid grounds for a review
- When to apply for a decile review
- How to apply for a decile review
- What evidence your school needs to supply
- What happens after a review
The 2018 New Zealand Census data will not be available in time to recalculate school deciles in 2019 so the Ministry will continue to carry out decile reviews based on the 2013 Census data. The Decile Review 2019 opens on Monday 22 July 2019.
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 catchment area or 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 school's 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 2019 Decile Review must be received before 5.00pm Monday 23 September 2019. Reviews will be processed from this date and results of the review will be provided by the end of the school year.
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.
The deadline for review applications is usually the end of September.
Decile review application packs can be downloaded from Education Counts (external link) .
Alternatively, you may email email@example.com 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.
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.
If your application is successful, your new decile rating will take effect at the beginning of the next school year. This will be shown on the entitlement notice you receive with your January Instalment of Operational Funding.
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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