Student suspensions from school in New Zealand

By reason, 2017, % of suspensions


A suspension is a formal removal of a student from a school until a school Board of Trustees decides the outcome at a suspension meeting. Following a suspension, the Board of Trustees decides how to address the student's misbehaviour.

Data calculation/treatment

The age-standardised suspension rate is one where all subgroups, for all years, being compared are artificially given the same age distribution. In this indicator, the age distributions of students in each subgroup and year have been standardised to (or weighted by) the set of 2017 age-specific suspension rates for all New Zealand.
As suspensions are highest for ages 13 to 15, standardising for age will remove any differences due to one group having a younger or older population than other groups, or if the overall age distribution has changed from year to year. As such, the standardised rate is an artificial measure, but it does provide an estimate of how groups, or overall rates by year, might more fairly compare if they had the same age distribution.
For this indicator ethnicity is prioritised in the order of Māori, Pasifika, Asian, other groups except European/Pākehā, and European/Pākehā.


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

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

School Student Engagement and Participation: Suspensions from school 2017


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Suspensions Data' from the 'Downloads' section in the right-hand column.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: School Student Engagement and Participation: Suspensions from school 2017

From the dataset School Student Engagement and Participation: Suspensions from school 2017, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 8. Suspensions, by behav. (%)
  • Range: C5:K22
  • Provided: 162 data points

This data forms the table Education - Suspensions by behaviour 2017.

Dataset originally released on:

July 2018