School rolls by decile

School deciles and numbers of children are of interest in the current discussions on feeding kids in schools.

About 10% of schools are in each of ten deciles but the rolls are not evenly spread across the deciles.

Decile Total
1 51105 6.8%
2 58588 7.8%
3 53136 7.1%
4 64757 8.6%
5 72227 9.6%
6 78779 10.5%
7 69888 9.3%
8 89589 11.9%
9 89199 11.8%
10 116301 15.4%
99 9864 1.3%
Other 13
TOTAL 753446

The Mana Feed The Kids bill covers deciles 1 and 2 – that’s 14.6% of school children (about 110,000).

The extension to Kick Start just announced by National covers deciles 1-4 which is 30% (about 227,000).

The KickStart Breakfast programme will increase from two to five mornings a week in decile one to four schools. Higher decile schools that want and need it, can opt in during 2014.

Totals with ethnic breakdowns:

Decile Pakeha Maori Pasifika Asian MELAA Other Internat. All
1 2570 25753 21063 1410 221 80 8 51105
2 12612 27980 12898 3927 819 231 121 58588
3 16396 20586 9115 5655 922 246 216 53136
4 28772 19483 7655 6605 1357 367 518 64757
5 42182 18048 4744 4939 1229 494 591 72227
6 50296 14894 4278 6372 1495 563 881 78779
7 45424 10500 3784 6544 1456 490 1690 69888
8 62328 10817 3767 8753 1715 755 1454 89589
9 60664 8707 3112 12213 1984 831 1688 89199
10 83600 7020 2591 17230 2617 903 2340 116301
99 6093 2580 462 409 138 156 26 9864
Other 7 4 0 2 0 0 0 13
TOTAL 410944 166372 73469 74059 13953 5116 9533 753446
  • Many children will be mixed race but they are all pigeonholed.
  • Pakeha/European is the usual for the rest of us.
  • MELAA – Middle Eastern, Latin American and African
  • International Students can presumably be a mix of races
  • 99 appears to be mainly Christian schools, presumably private.
  • Other was one small school

School decile line chart

 

School decile bar chart

From the New Zealand Schools Directory:

A schools decile indicated the extent to which the school draws its students from the low socio-economic communities. Decile 1 schools are the 10% of schools with the highest proportion of students from the low socio-economic communities, whereas decile 10 schools are the 10% of schools with the lowest proportion of these students. A schools decile does not indicate the overall socio-economic mix of the school.

Full spreadsheet data can be downloaded at the Directory link – “The most up to date information that we have available has been provided”.

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  1. Quentin Todd

     /  28th May 2013

    Sobering stats – I wonder if the so-called “decile” system isn’t working and whether the food for kids is actually going to work in a longer term environment? The stats for me are disturbing as you can see where the gaps in parity are.

    I believe something has to be done – what else is there to do with this?

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