This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'School Development : Location and Scale Planning'.

22 April 2020 
Tom Dickie 
[FYI request #12544 email] 
Tēnā koe Tom 
School Development: Location and Scale Planning 
Thank you for email of 28 March 2020 to the Ministry of Education, requesting information about the 
location and scale planning of New Zealand schools.  Specifically you requested information on: 
 Which timetabling algorithm(s) is/are utilised to align pupil demographics within the
school's catchment area with the school curriculum and teachers subject teaching
qualification(s) in order to identify the appropriate mix of general classrooms and
specialist class rooms (e.g science) to optimise class room utilisation and optimise
school size?; and

 If the MoE does not adopt the utilisation of timetabling algorithms to achieve the above
outcomes how does MoE accurately align and optimise school scale and classroom
configuration and provision?

Your request has been considered under the Official Information Act 1982, however as there are no 
documents that fall within the scope of this request, we have provided the following information in 
answer to your questions. 
We do not use timetabling algorithms when assessing the future growth of a catchment area, or the 
predicted  number  of  teaching  spaces  that  will  be  required.    We  forecast  student  demand  and 
distribution in catchments by comparing the forecast (demand) with the existing space available in 
schools (supply), including approved new roll growth space, to identify the potential requirement for 
additional student places. 
Schools  themselves  are  responsible  for  deciding  timetabling,  class  sizes  and  subject  offerings. 
Parents and students are also involved and are often able to decide which type of schools, classes 
and subjects they prefer.  To accommodate this flexibility, we constantly work with schools to best 
adapt  their  buildings  and  teaching  spaces  to  their  evolving  curriculum  offerings  and  the  needs  of 
their students. 
While we will never be able to accurately align and consistently optimise our assets to the demands 
of any given day, we work to ensure equity across our portfolio and continually seek to identify and 
address new opportunities as they emerge. 
Mātauranga House, 33 Bowen Street, Wellington 6011 
PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140.  Phone: +64 4 463 8000 

Thank you again for your request. Under section 28(3), you have the right to refer this response to 
an Ombudsman. You can do this by emailing [email address]. 
Nāku noa, nā 
Katrina Casey  
Deputy Secretary 
Sector Enablement and Support