051015202530Student expulsions from New Zealand schoolsBy ethnic group and gender, 2020, number of expulsionsProvider: Ministry of EducationAsianEuropean/PākehāMāoriOtherPacific PeoplesEthnic groupMaleFemale

Student expulsions from New Zealand schools

By ethnic group and gender, 2020, number of expulsions


Expulsion is the formal removal of a child from school or kura if they are 16 years old or older. This means they must leave and not attend the school they are enrolled at.
Expulsions occur only for 16 year-olds and above, therefore the expulsion rate refers to the number of expulsions per 1,000 standardised for students aged 16 or over.

Data calculation/treatment

This indicator uses age-standardised rates. These are expressed as expulsions per 1,000 students enrolled. Most expulsions peak at age 16, and age-standardisation allows a fair comparison between different cohorts. In any given year the schooling population will have a different age distribution. By standardising for age we can compare across years.


  • students from schools which are not receiving public funding
  • students at Correspondence School
  • adult students (older than 19), and
  • International Fee-Paying students.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

School Student Engagement and Participation: Expulsions from school 2020



How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Time Series: Expulsions (2000-2020)' from the 'Time Series' section

Import & extraction details

File as imported: School Student Engagement and Participation: Expulsions from school 2020

From the dataset School Student Engagement and Participation: Expulsions from school 2020, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 1. Both, gender and ethnicity
  • Range: D5:E16
  • Provided: 24 data points

This data forms the table Education - Age-standardised expulsion rates in schools by ethnic group and gender 2020.

Dataset originally released on:

September 2021

Purpose of collection

Student attendance and engagement are critical factors relating to student achievement. The levels of stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions help provide indications of where engagement in productive learning may be absent and behavioural issues may be present.