Annual Report 2017 — Part one

Section 19B reports

The Vote Education and Vote Tertiary Education Section 19B Reports in Relation to Non-Departmental Appropriations for the year ended 30 June 2017 were presented to the House in accordance with section 19B of the Public Finance Act 1989.

Vote Education Section 19B Report 2016-2017 [PDF, 417 KB]

Vote Tertiary Education Section 19B Report 2016-2017 [PDF, 520 KB]

Parts 2 and 3 of the Annual Report 2017

Download the full Annual Report 2017 to view:

  • Part 2 — Our performance information
  • Part 3 — Annual financial statements.

Annual Report 2017 [PDF, 1.3 MB]

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The year at a glance

The year at a glance.

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    • Progress on our five key indicators:

      • More children have participated in quality early childhood education (ECE) before starting primary school
        • graph showing a 0.1% increase between June and December 2016 to 96.7%, with a December 2016 target of 98%
      • Primary school age student achievement of National Standards is being maintained
        • graph showing achievement of National Standards in reading decreased 0.3% to 77.8% in 2016, writing decreased 0.3% to 71.2% and maths decreased 0.1% to 75.4%, all with a December 2017 target of 85%
      • More 18 year olds are achieving NCEA Level 2 qualifications
        • graph showing a 1.3% increase in 2016 to 84.6%, with a December 2017 target of 85%
      • More young people have Level 4 qualifications…
        • graph showing a 1.1% increase in 2016 to 57.6%, with a December 2017 target of 60%

      …however more young people young people are not in employment, education or training (this is followed by a footnote which says: The survey questions that provide the data for this measure were changed in 2016 to better identify those in education. Rates should be interpreted with caution as it is not clear what impact these changes had on the number of people recorded as not in in the employment, education or training in 2016/17. See page 35 for additional commentary.)

      • graph showing a 2.5% increase for 15-19 year-olds from 7.2% in 2016 to 9.7% in 2017
      • graph showing a 0.7% increase for 20-24 year-olds from 15.0% in 2016 to 15.7% in 2017.

      Disparity of achievement remains a challenge…

      Graph showing school leaver highest qualification in 2016 by ethnicity:

      • Māori
        • Less than NCEA Level 1 – 19%
        • NCEA Level 1 – 14%
        • NCEA Level 2 – 33%
        • NCEA Level 3 or above – 34%
      • Pasifika
        • Less than NCEA Level 1 – 14%
        • NCEA Level 1 – 12%
        • NCEA Level 2 – 31%
        • NCEA Level 3 or above – 43%
      • European
        • Less than NCEA Level 1 – 8%
        • NCEA Level 1 – 8%
        • NCEA Level 2 – 26%
        • NCEA Level 3 or above – 58%
      • Asian
        • Less than NCEA Level 1 – 5%
        • NCEA Level 1 – 4%
        • NCEA Level 2 –  16%
        • NCEA Level 3 or above –  75%

Year at a glance.

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    • Nearly 200,000 children were enrolled in ECE services

      • Over 5,000 ECE services and playgroups.

      Over 799,000 children and students enrolled in primary and secondary schools

      • New Zealand’s curriculum was taught in over 2,500 schools by over 54,300 teachers.

      Over 576,000 students were in formal tertiary education, including 148,000 in industry based training

      In 2016/17, we spent over $14.0 billion to enable over 1.5 million children, young people and adult students to learn and achieve.

      • Over $8.0 billion was spent on schooling
      • $923 million of capital expenditure was spent on school property
      • Over $185 million was spent on school transport
      • $3.0 billion was spent on tertiary education
      • Over $1.8 billion was spent on ECE
      • Over $122 million was spent on other support for the education system.

      We manage a property portfolio of $17.2 billion to provide, upgrade and maintain the physical environment to support children, young people and adult students to achieve educational success.

      Our people

      We employed over 2,630 people in full-time equivalent roles (as at 30 June 2017).

      We work from 37 locations around New Zealand, as well as our National Office in Wellington. Around 75% of our staff directly support either children and young people, or educators and education services.