The Ministry of Education carries out statistical collections (roll returns) from New Zealand schools at different times during the year.
The data reported here is based on the 1 July roll returns since it provides detailed information on age and ethnicity for trend analysis.
School roll information is core information required for managing the education system. The Ministry uses roll return data:
- to fund and staff schools
- to support policy analysis
- to monitor the results of the New Zealand education system
- for national and international reporting
More information about school roll returns can be found on the School Rolls Data Collection page.
The key measure of roll returns is a head count of students; and is the data presented on this page.
Roll returns also include information on:
- the numbers of students taught in Te Reo
- the number of students taught in a Pacific language
- a snapshot of the subjects students are studying.
School numbers are also presented with student rolls used to show the size of the school.
The buttons at the top of the dashboard control what is on the bottom axis of the graph. The “Colour By:” buttons to the right of the graph change the bar’s colours to allow a second group to be shown. To filter the data use any of the Region, School or Student filters on the left. To switch between the filters use the buttons titled "Region", "School" and "Student". By default the dashboard only shows data from the most recent year. To select other years use the dropdown in the top left (under “Filters”).
You can expand the dashboard by pressing the ⤢ icon in the bottom right corner of the dashboard.
Read the instructions (pdf 77kB) for more guidance on using the July School Roll Return dashboard.
Time Series Data
These spreadsheets provide numbers of students for a range of dimensions (such as region, school authority, and ethnicity) across time in a simple, easy to use format.
These spreadsheets allow you to create your tables by any combination of variables. All spreadsheets have the option of displaying number of students by school, school type variables (such as decile or affiliation), and regional type variables.
Please note: use of this spreadsheet requires MS Excel version 2007 or later.
- Roll by Funding Year Level and Student Type 1996-2021[MS Excel 7.7mB]
Pivot Tables with Total Response Ethnicity
Please note: Total Response Ethnicity is where students are counted once in each ethnic group they identify with. E.g. If a student identifies as Māori and Asian then they’ll be counted in both the Māori and Asian student count.
Total Response is the preferred way to report ethnicity. Because methods of collecting and processing ethnicity data have improved over time, total response ethnicity is provided here as far back as the ‘total ethnicity’ data is fully accurate; earlier data is available only as ‘prioritised ethnicity’. For more details about the Ministry’s ethnicity data, see here: Ethnic Group Codes
- Roll by Age and Total Response Ethnicity 2016-2021[MS Excel 7.9mB]
- Roll by Funding Year Level and Total Response Ethnicity 2015-2021[MS Excel 9.5mB]
Pivot Tables with Prioritised Ethnicity
Please note: Prioritised Ethnicity is where students that identify with more than one ethnicity are only counted in one ethnicity. They are prioritised in the order of Māori, Pacific, Asian, other groups except European/Pākehā.
- Roll by Age and Ethnicity 2012-2021[MS Excel 7.2mB]
- Roll by Funding Year Level and Ethnicity 2012-2021[MS Excel 8.8mB]
Machine Readable Data
The following data are provided in a format (csv) that can easily processed by a computer. It contains the same data that is in the school rolls pivot tables.
- Machine Readable: Roll by Age and Ethnicity (2012-2021) [Zipped File 5.0mB]
- Machine Readable: Roll by Funding Year Level and Ethnicity (2012-2021) [Zipped File 5.3mB]
Schools can and do make amendments to their roll data outside of a collection period if they notice mistakes that affect their funding entitlements, often brought about by audit visits. These changes will not be reflected in the roll data that has been published.
School Data Dimension Notes
Other Roll Information
Homeschooling information, that is, the number of students that are homeschooled, is also available.
ENROL is a register of student enrolments. It lets schools update enrolments as students enrol, change schools or leave the school system. ENROL is another source of roll information.