New Zealand government has decided to demolish the school decile system

The Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced on 24th September that the decile system for New Zealand schools would be replaced by a new Equity Index system in 2021 or 2022, to ensure a more even distribution of education resourcing.

The current school decile system has been used as a measure of the percentage of a school’s students who are from low socio-economic communities, by which the government will decide the amount of funding it will assign to public (state and state-integrated) schools. However, it turns out that the decile system deters the adequate education resourcing from being distributed to low decile schools, and it becomes a stigma for many low-decile schools as they are judged by decile rating rather than the achievement of their students.

ISEA accredited education agents point out that the majority of their international students prefer to study at decile 9 or 10 schools. Therefore, replacing the decile system would be an opportunity for those schools which have low decile ratings but high education performance to attract more international students.

Read more in the EducationHQ New Zealand report.

ISEA organised the Christchurch Providers Briefing on 20th September

First Christchurch Providers Briefing completed with some very positive feedback from the 15 provider representatives who attended including from regional body Christchurch Educated on 20th September. ISEA are grateful for the growing support across all education sectors as we spread the message around New Zealand and abroad. The next stop Wellington Provider Briefing will be on the 18th October.

A  big thank you to Craig at NTA Christchurch for hosting the briefing event.

ISEA attended Sympled – Symposium on Leading Education Recruitment in Australia

ISEA was invited to attend Sympled – Symposium on Leading Education Recruitment in Melbourne by ISEAA Australia. We had great strategic meetings with Robert Parsonson – CEO of ISEAA Australia, Joe Hernandez – Asia Pacific Regional Manager for PTE Academic, Rod Hearps – Vice President of ICEF and Toshi Kawaguchi from Study NSW.



ISEA launched in Indonesia on 13th September

ISEA successfully launched in Indonesia market! 23 education agency representatives joined our launch briefing on 13th September. ISEA will go back to Indonesia in November for the first round of training.

ISEA successfully hold the first round of training for the Philippines agents on 11th September

The first ISEA Education Agency Training and Accreditation interviews in the Philippines were completed successfully on 11th September with 23 Agents from 9 companies! We appreciate everyone who travelled near and far (some coming from Australia and others driving through the night to attend) and all the great feedback.

ISEA will continue to develop and provide better service for the New Zealand international education industry!

ISEA is planning to come back to the Philippines in November to deliver the second round of agent training.

If you would like to become an ISEA accredited agency, please refer to our Accreditation Programme for details.