Schooling - Student roll by student type 1996–2016

Ministry of Education


Regular Student: A domestic student, who is aged less than 19 years at 1 January of the roll count year. Includes; students in general classrooms and those in special needs units. Excludes; international fee-paying students, NZAID-funded students (prior to 2009), alternative education students and adult students.

IFP: An international student (prior to 2009 these were Foreign Fee Paying students) who meets the full tuition costs on their own or from funds provided to them by sponsors other than the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Students can be studying at a secondary or tertiary level.

NZAID Funded Student: New Zealand Agency for International Development funded student. A student on a scholarship from the New Zealand Agency for International Development. Prior to 2004 this was known as a MFAT scholarship. As of 2009 these students are now part of the domestic count and not included in international fee paying student totals.

Alternative Education Student: A young person aged between thirteen and a half and sixteen years of age who has become alienated from the education system. As they are either unwilling to attend a regular school or schools are unwilling to enrol them in a mainstream setting they attend an Alternative Education Programme.

Adult Student: A domestic student who has continued at a school and is aged 19 years or over on 1 January of the roll count year.


Included school types are: Full Primary, Secondary, Intermediate, Composite, Restricted Composite, Correspondence School, Special School, Contributing, Teen Parent Unit.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

Schooling: Student Numbers - Time Series Data for Trend Analysis 1996–2016


How to find the data

At URL download Excel spreadsheet titled 'Time Series Data for Trend Analysis 1996-2016'

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Schooling: Student Numbers - Time Series Data for Trend Analysis 1996–2016

From the dataset Schooling: Student Numbers - Time Series Data for Trend Analysis 1996–2016, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Student Type
  • Range: B4:V12
  • Provided: 189 data points

Dataset originally released on:

September 2016

About this dataset

The Ministry of Education carries out statistical collections (roll returns) from New Zealand schools at different times during the year.
The data reported here is based on the 1 July roll returns since it provides detailed information on age and ethnicity for trend analysis.

Purpose of collection

The Ministry uses the collected data in a number of ways: to fund and staff schools; to support policy analysis, development and decision making; to monitor the outcomes of the New Zealand education system; and for national and international reporting purposes.