Education Network Plans

The development of the 80 Education Network Plans builds on the long-term catchment planning that underpins the National Education Growth Plan (NEGP) and completes the national picture. The plans identify catchments that are experiencing steady growth, are relatively stable, or are trending down.

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  • Boards
  • Principals and tumuaki
  • Parents, caregivers and whānau

Boards should be aware of factors influencing changing demands that affect their catchment area, as they may impact planning for their schools and community.

About the Education Network Plans

The 80 Education Network Plans cover the remaining areas outside the NEGP. In the same way that a catchment profile was applied to the 39 high growth catchments, a profile has been applied to each of the remaining 80 catchments. These profiles indicate those catchments that are experiencing steady growth, are relatively stable, or are trending down. Together, they provide 119 Education Network Plans that make up the National Education Network Plan (NENP).

Education Network Plans [PDF, 25 MB]

The NENP is a new way of thinking about and coordinating our response to school-aged population change across Aotearoa New Zealand. As communities change, so to do the schooling needs of their tamariki and rangatahi.

The NENP compiles key data across the country, and the targeted responses to the profile of each catchment. Long term the education network plans provide direction and guidance to the wider sector. Sharing how we anticipate and plan for the challenges of a changing population ensures that our network of schools can access support from other government agencies, local government, and infrastructure and service providers.

Catchment planning model

The education network plans extend our catchment planning framework across all regions and schools. We are now more able to accurately forecast and plan for change in demand for schooling. The modelling underpinning the education network plans is regularly updated and refined as forecasts and growth patterns change, and as key input data is updated. This allows us to dynamically adjust our forecasts, assumptions, and response planning across the whole country and within each region to support integrated planning, investment decisions and meeting educational outcomes for all ākonga.

Catchment plans

Regional summaries and individual catchment plans

Full set of 80 education network plans [PDF, 25 MB]

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