Curriculum staffing

Curriculum staffing is calculated based on your school’s roll at each year level. Your entitlement for curriculum staffing consists of primary curriculum staffing, technology education staffing, and secondary curriculum staffing where appropriate.You’ll find the total of your staffing elements on your school’s staffing entitlement notice under 'Curriculum'.

How we calculate curriculum staffing

Curriculum staffing is calculated using the number of students at each year level subdivided into:

  • the number of students, at each year level, being taught in Māori for more than 12.5 hours per week (Māori-medium immersion levels one and 2) 
  • the remaining number of students, at each year level.

Note: This subdivision of year level rolls into Māori immersion rolls and non-immersion rolls only applies to the first step in the calculation of curriculum staffing. After this step, the total roll at each year level is used in subsequent calculations.

Teacher to student ratios for calculating curriculum staffing

The following table shows the ratios we use to calculate curriculum staffing for all schools.

Teacher to student ratios by year levels and roll type
Year of schoolingMāori immersion teacher to student ratioNon-Māori immersion teacher to student ratio
Year one 1:15 1:15
Year 2-3 1:18 1:23
Year 4-8 1:18 1:29
Year 9-10 1:20 1:23.5
Year 11 1:20 1:23
Year 12 1:18 1:18
Year 13 or above 1:17 1:17

The maximum average class size policy

The maximum average class size policy operates on top of the curriculum delivery formula and ensures that schools with fewer than 176 students have curriculum staffing of at least one teacher to every 25 students (1:25).

Primary curriculum staffing — for Year 1-8 students

How we calculate primary curriculum staffing

Follow the steps below to calculate the primary curriculum staffing.

1. Divide the year one immersion roll by 15.

2. Divide the years 2 to 8 immersion roll by 18.

3. Divide the year one non-immersion roll by 15.

4. Divide the years 2 to 3 non-immersion roll by 23.

5. Divide the years 4 to 8 non-immersion roll by 29.

6. Add the results of steps one to 5 together. If the total is less than 1.0, replace with 1.0.

7. Apply one of the following 3 steps.

  • If the total roll (Years 1-8) is equal to or greater than 176, and your answer to step 6 is less than 7.0, then the primary curriculum staffing equals 7.0. End of procedure.
  • If the total roll (Years 1-8) is equal to or greater than 176, and your answer to step 6 is greater than 7.0, then this is your curriculum staffing. End of procedure.
  • If the total roll (Years 1-8) is less than 176, then continue the procedure by applying the calculations in the following steps.

8. Calculate the maximum average class size by dividing the total roll (Years 1-8) by the integer part of the result of step 6.

9. For all schools with Years 1-8 classes, apply the following.

  • If the maximum average class size generated in step 8 is greater than 25, then the primary curriculum staffing equals your answer from step 6, rounded up to the next whole number. Continue to step 10.
  • If the maximum average class size generated in step 8 is less than 25, then the primary curriculum staffing equals your answer from step 6. End of procedure.

10. Calculate a second maximum average class size by dividing the total roll (Years 1-8) by the integer part of the result of step 9.

11. For all schools with Years 1-8 classes, apply the following.

  • If the second maximum average class size generated in step 10 is greater than 25, then the primary curriculum staffing equals 1.0 added to your answer from step 9. End of procedure.
  • If the second maximum average class size generated in step 10 is less than 25 then the primary curriculum staffing equals your answer from step 9. End of procedure.

Technology education staffing — for Year 7 and 8 students

We provide staffing for technology education for Year 7 and 8 students to all approved schools.

How we calculate technology staffing

The Year 7 and 8 rolls we use to calculate technology staffing are the same as those used to calculate the provisional, and later the confirmed, staffing for each of the client schools. You’ll find details on your school’s staffing entitlement notice.

The formula we use to calculate technology staffing is: technology staffing (FTTE) = technology staffing roll/120

Secondary curriculum staffing — for Year 9-13+ students

Secondary curriculum staffing is made up of roll-generated curriculum staffing and curriculum base staffing.

How we calculate roll-generated curriculum staffing

The formula we use to calculate roll-generated secondary curriculum staffing is:

immersion roll (Year 9-11) divided by 20 plus
immersion roll (Year 12) divided by 18 plus
immersion roll (Year 13-15) divided by 17 plus
non-immersion roll (Year 9-10) divided by 23.5 plus
non-immersion roll (Year 11) divided by 23 plus
non-immersion roll (Year 12) divided by 18 plus
non-immersion roll (Year 13+) divided by 17 equals
  Total  

How we calculate curriculum base staffing

Curriculum base staffing of 0.50 to 1.20 full-time teacher equivalent (FTTE) for each year level from years 9 to 13, where the number of students at each of these levels is greater than zero, is calculated as follows.

If the total roll in Years 9-13 is greater than 200, the formula is: 1.20 x number of non-zero roll levels (Years 9 to 13) 

If the total roll in Years 9-13 is less than or equal to 200, the formula is: (0.0035 x (Year 9–13 roll)) + 0.50) x number of non-zero roll levels (Years 9-13)

Note: For this calculation, the Year 13 roll is taken to be the sum of the rolls for Years 13, 14 and 15.

The sum of the curriculum staffing is rounded up to 1 decimal place.

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