Highest Attainment Numbers (2009-2017)

This index page provides data on the number of school leavers by highest attainment from 2009 to 2017.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education’s ENROL system, while the highest qualification status for each leaver is obtained from NZQA. Where a student achieved a non-NQF qualification, highest attainment information is obtained directly from their school.

Build Your Own Table: Interactive Table for School Leavers (2009-2017)

This spreadsheet allows you to create your tables by any combination of variables. Includes the option of displaying number of school leavers by highest attainment, 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.

Interactive Pivot Table: File Type & Size

Time Series Data (2009-2017)

This spreadsheet provides numbers of school leavers by highest attainment across time in a simple, easy to use format.

Time Series Data: File Type & Size

One-on-One Dimensional for Highest Attainment (2009-2017)

The table below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to school leaver numbers, by student type, school type, and regional breakdowns. All of the tables provide both the number of leavers by highest attainment.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education's ENROL system, while highest school qualification is obtained from schools and New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Highest Attainment One-on-One Dimensional Tables: File Type & Size

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria for School leavers

School leavers in 2017 are students that permanently left school to enter the workforce and/or undertake further education and training sometime between 1 March 2017 and the last day of February 2018 (inclusive). School leavers are identified using ENROL. Students counted as school leavers are

  • Domestic students who were aged less than 19 in their first enrolment in ENROL; including alternative education students, students 16 or over before 1 March 2018 and students attending teen parent units.
  • Students with leave reason; 'end of schooling' or 'early leaving exemption'
  • Students with leave reason 'transferred to another school in New Zealand' or 'transferred to home schooling' but did not reenrol in ENROL
  • Students with leave reason 'gone overseas permanently', who meet the age criteria
  • Students who attend for a period of time at the start of 2018 but leave before 1 March 2018 are counted with 2017 leavers.

This excludes:

  • Returning students (aged 19 or more) with a gap in their attendance
  • Exchange students
  • International fee-paying students
  • Students who successfully transferred to homeschooling or another school in New Zealand
  • Deceased students

Alternative education students are counted with the school that enrolled them in alternative education, this may not be the school that manages their enrolment while they are in alternative education. This is to reflect that the enrolling school is responsible for ensuring the students’ education needs are met.

School Data Dimension Notes

Student Age:

The age of the student (in years) as at their last day of attendance. Students are legally required to attend schooling until age 16, unless they are granted early leaving exemption. However, a number of students are aged 15 on their last day of attendance and turn 16 during school holidays.

Student Gender:
The gender of the students, as recorded in ENROL.
Ethnic Group:

The ethnic group(s) the student identifies with, as recorded in ENROL. The ethnic group data is presented at level 1 and total response. That is, leavers are counted once in each ethnic group they identify with.

Students can be counted in up to three different ethnic groups but only once in the total, therefore the sum of the different ethnic groups will likely exceed the total.  Ethnic groups should not be combined as some students will be counted twice.

School Sector:

Schools are grouped (by school type) into four main sectors of schooling education: Secondary, Composite, Special, and Not Applicable.

Not applicable includes students in Homeschooling, special education leavers from primary schools, and students with no school sector information available.

School Type:

The type of the school, for example, Composite (Year 1 to 15), Secondary (Year 7 to 15), Secondary (Year 9 to 15) the leaver left from.

Not applicable includes students in Homeschooling, special education leavers from primary schools, and students with no school type information available.

School Authority:

The ownership of the school for example State, State-Integrated, and Private.

School Gender:

The gender of the students that a school caters for, for example, co-educational, or single sex. A small number of single sex schools can have some students of the opposite sex on their roll. These students can only access the education they need at these 'opposite sex' schools i.e. adults or special needs students.

Decile:

The decile assigned to the school. Students from low socio-economic communities face more barriers to learning than students from high socio-economic communities. Schools that draw their roll from these low socio-economic communities are given greater funding to combat these barriers. The mechanism used to calculate and allocate this additional funding is most often known as school deciles.

Schools are assigned a socio-economic score based on five census derived socio-economic factors. Decile 1 schools are the 10% of schools with the greatest proportion of students from the most socio-economically deprived areas.  Decile 10 schools are the 10% of schools with the greatest proportion of students from the least socio-economically deprived areas.

Education Region:

The education region the school of the student is located in. These are ten administrative regions created by the Ministry of Education and aligned with the Ministry's ten local offices.

Not Applicable includes students attending homeschooling, the correspondence school, students whose school campus covers more than one region, and students with no regional information available.

Regional Council:

The regional council area the school of the student is located in. Regional council boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand. Not Applicable includes students whose school campus covers more than one region, and students with no regional information available. The correspondence school is defined as a separate boundary.

Territorial Authority:

The territorial authority area the school of the student is located in. Territorial authority boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand. Please note that Auckland Territorial Authority is further broken down into local board. Not Applicable includes students whose school campus covers more than one region, and students with no regional information available. The correspondence school is defined as a separate boundary.

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