Teaching Staff

Information on Teaching Staff in schools from 2004-2017.

NEW DATA SERIES

The data series presented on this page is a new schooling workforce data series and replaces the data previously published. The new data series is based on a full year’s data, as opposed to the snapshot at a single point of time that was presented previously. It also includes day relief teachers who were excluded from the previous series. The new schooling workforce data series has been recast back to 2004. More information can be found here.

The new data do not affect the current collective agreement negotiations as separate data, based on the definitions included in the respective collective agreements, are used for these.

Teaching staff reported here include all employees on a teaching agreement.  Teachers who work in multiple roles are reported against the role in which they worked the most hours during the year.

The size of the teaching workforce can be measured either as a headcount or in terms of full-time teacher equivalents (FTTE).  FTTE data are only available from 2014 onwards - data from previous years are not comparable due to changes in definitions.

Overview of 2017 teaching data

Time Series for Teaching Staff

Schooling File Type & Size
This spreadsheet provides time series of Teacher Head Count and FTTE in a single table for each state and state integrated schools.

Teaching Staff by Selected Dimensions


Dimension
Teacher Headcount, Full Time Teacher Equivalent (FTTE)
(grouped by Sector)
Age Spreadsheet
GenderSpreadsheet
EthnicitySpreadsheet
DecileSpreadsheet
School Type Spreadsheet
SectorSpreadsheet
TenureSpreadsheet
Regional Council Spreadsheet
Territorial Authority Spreadsheet
Urban Rural Spreadsheet
DesignationSpreadsheet

 

Prioritised Ethnicity File Type & Size

The Ministry uses Statistics New Zealand's definition of ethnicity: ethnicity is the ethnic group or groups that people identify with or feel they belong to. Ethnicity is a measure of cultural affiliation, as opposed to race, ancestry, nationality or citizenship.

Our preference is to report ethnic group by Total Response, that is, a teacher is counted in each ethnic group they affiliate with, but, only once in the total.  This is what occurs in the main statistical tables above.

The table below has been generated using prioritised ethnicity.  Here an individual is allocated to one of the six main ethnic groupings even though they have identified with more than one ethnicity. This allocation is performed using a predetermined order of ethnic groupings. For this table teachers are prioritised in the order of Māori, Pacific, Asian, MELAA (Middle Eastern, Latin American, African), other groups except European/Pākehā and European/Pākehā.

Teaching Staff Data Dimension Notes

AGE:
The age of the teacher, in ten year age-groups. Age is calculated as at 1 July for each year.

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. The 10 percent of schools with the lowest scores are considered decile 1 schools, the next 10 percent of schools are considered decile 2 schools, etc. Decile 1 schools have the highest proportion of low SES students.

DESIGNATION:

Teachers are grouped into four designations: Principal, Teacher, Resource Teacher and Learning Support Teacher.

ETHNIC GROUP:

The Ministry uses Statistics New Zealand's definition of ethnicity: ethnicity is the ethnic group or groups that people identify with or feel they belong to. Ethnicity is a measure of cultural affiliation, as opposed to race, ancestry, nationality or citizenship.

Our preference is to report ethnic group by Total Response, that is, a teacher is counted in each ethnic group they affiliate with, but, only once in the total.

ETHNICITY:
Table 1: Descriptions of ethnicity
Ethnicity Grouping Ethnicity descriptions
Māori NZ Māori
Pacific Samoan
  Cook Island Māori
  Tongan
  Niuean
  Tokelauan
  Fijian
  Other Pacific Island
Asian Chinese
  Indian
  Other Asian
  Japanese
  Korean
  Filipino
  Cambodian
  Vietnamese
  Sir Lankan
  Other Asian
European South Slav
  British/Irish
  Dutch
  Greek
  Polish
  South Slav
  German
  Australia
  Italian
  NZ European
MELAA African
  Latin American
  Middle Eastern
Noresponse No Response
  Unknown
GENDER:
The gender of the teacher.
REGIONAL COUNCIL:

The regional council area the school of the teacher is located in.  Regional council boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand.

SCHOOL TYPE:

The type of the school, for example, primary school, composite school, secondary school.

SECTOR:

Teachers are grouped into the primary or secondary sector depending on the type of the school they work in.  The primary sector includes all primary schools, intermediates and special schools.  The secondary sector includes all secondary schools and composite schools (including Te Kura, the correspondence school).

TENURE:

A teacher’s employment status, this indicates whether a teacher is employed on a fixed-term, permanent or day relief basis and whether they work full-time or part-time.

TERRITORIAL AUTHORITY:

The territorial authority area the school of the teacher is located in. Territorial authority boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand.

URBAN/RURAL:

A grouping based on the size and nature of the area that the teacher’s school is located in.  These groupings are based on Statistics New Zealand definitions:

  • Main urban
    Main urban areas are very large urban areas centred on a city or major urban centre. Main urban areas have a minimum population of 30,000.
  • Secondary urban
    Secondary urban areas have a population between 10,000 and 29,999 and are centred on the larger regional centres.
  • Minor urban
    Minor urban areas are urbanised settlements (outside main and secondary urban areas), centred around smaller towns with a population between 1,000 and 9,999.
  • Rural
    Those living in rural settlements or townships, also includes areas with a population between 300 and 999.

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