Education - Suspension rates per 1,000 students, by ethnic group and school quintile

Ministry of Education


Schools in the lowest quintile (quintile 1) draw their students from communities with the highest degree of socio-economic disadvantage.
For this indicator ethnicity is prioritised in the order of Māori, Pasifika, Asian, other groups except European/Pākehā, and European/Pākehā.
For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined). For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
For this table ethnicities other than the four listed are included in the total, but not in the main breakdown.


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.

Numerator: Total number of suspensions occurring during the school year
Denominator: Total number of students on roll as at 1 July of each year, by individual year of age.

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 2014 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.


students from schools which are not receiving public funding
students at Correspondence School
adult students (older than 19), and
International Fee-Paying students. ), or terminate the student's enrolment at the school.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

School Student Engagement and Participation: Suspensions from school 2014


How to find the data

At URL provided, selec '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 2014

From the dataset School Student Engagement and Participation: Suspensions from school 2014, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 3. Suspensions, by quintile
  • Range: C5:G9
  • Provided: 25 data points

Dataset originally released on:

June 2015