Learn about the reviewing of school deciles.
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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 2021
- 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
Cabinet has agreed that deciles will not be recalculated using the 2018 Census information. The Ministry of Education is exploring the replacement of the school decile system with an Equity Index. Schools can still seek a decile review until deciles are replaced but this will be based on 2013 Census information. The Decile Review 2021 opens on Monday 19 July 2021.
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's 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.
Applications for the 2021 Decile Review must be received before 5pm Monday 20 September 2021.
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 the Education Counts website.
Alternatively, you can request an application pack.
If your school emails the decile reviews mailbox, we'll follow up with your school at the end of the application period if we haven't received a completed application.
All information required to complete a decile review application is included in the pack. Read the included documents carefully before submitting your application.
We calculate deciles based on five 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.
School deciles tell you about the five 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 isn't successful your school won't be disadvantaged because of the review. Deciles can't increase as the result of a decile review. Your school’s decile will simply remain as it is.
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