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(Editor) …so the headlines goes …

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network: Call to stop using ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ in schools. Schools in Victoria will be told to avoid terms like “mum”, “dad”, “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” as part of a push to become more inclusive.

The “Idea” that over 30% of kids go to “Catholic Schools” also gives you a strong indicator, that the “Loud” minorities, are not the achieving “Majorities”

Here is what the data says …

Schools

Data on students, staff, schools, rates and ratios for government and non-government schools, for all Australian states and territoriesReference period2020Released19/02/2021Next release UnknownPrevious releases

There were 4,006,974 students enrolled in 9,542 schools.
Teachers made up 68.1% of in-school full-time equivalent staff.
The Year 7 to 12 full-time apparent retention rate was 83.6%.
The average student to teaching staff ratio for all schools was 13.5 students to one teacher.

Key statistic

There were 4,006,974 students enrolled in 9,542 schools.
Teachers made up 68.1% of in-school full-time equivalent staff.
The Year 7 to 12 full-time apparent retention rate was 83.6%.
The average student to teaching staff ratio for all schools was 13.5 students to one teacher.

COVID-19 in this publication


The census date for the National Schools Statistics Collection is held the first Friday of August each year. For 2020, the census enrolment reference date was 7 August.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, various restrictions were in place at this time, which may impact on the data.

While the majority of schools across Australia continued as normal, initiatives to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community were put in place, including the implementation of remote online learning where required.

Overall, due to the way the collection counts enrolment it is estimated that the impacts of COVID-19 on the data were minor.

For the collection, a student is a person who is formally (officially) enrolled or registered at a school and who is also active in a primary, secondary or special education program at that school. Students were considered to be active in an education program, even if that program had been temporarily disrupted by COVID-19. Education programs included those that may have been temporarily delivered online or remotely due to COVID-19 disruptions. Students were included even if on census day the school was not delivering education programs due to COVID-19. 

Schools which were temporarily closed due to COVID-19 related reasons were considered to be operating for the purposes of the collection. This included schools ceasing operations due to COVID-19 restrictions, with teachers and staff not working, no students attending and no remote learning delivered. Schools were included in the census if, before the restrictions came into effect, they had students who were enrolled and involved in an active course of study, who meet all other eligibility criteria, and who would have otherwise been included in the census.

See Methodology for more information on Schools, Australia 2020.

Students

In 2020there were 4,006,974 students enrolled in schools across Australia, an increase of 58,163 (1.5%) since 2019

government schools held the greatest share of enrolments (65.6%), followed by Catholic schools (19.4%) and independent schools (15.0%)

There were 4,006,974 students enrolled in schools across Australia, an increase of 58,163 (1.5%) since 2019

Government schools held the greatest share of enrolments (65.6%), followed by Catholic schools (19.4%) and independent schools (15.0%)

Graph 1. Proportion of enrolments by school affiliation, Australia, 2000-2020

Line chart with 2 lines. View as data table, Graph 1. Proportion of enrolments by school affiliation, Australia, 2000-2020The chart has 1 X axis displaying .The chart has 1 Y axis displaying %. Range: 0 to 80.%GovernmentNon-Government20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202001020304050607080Graph 1. Proportion of enrolments by school affiliation, Australia, 2000-2020End of interactive chart.

Total student enrolments have continued to increase in the five years to 2020, with a 5.5% increase. Independent schools had the largest increase with 9.5%, followed by government schools with 5.9%.

 202020192018201720162016-20 (% change)
Government2,629,1432,594,8302,558,1692,524,8652,483,8025.9
Catholic778,605769,719765,735766,870767,0501.5
Independent599,226584,262569,930557,490547,3749.5
TOTAL4,006,9743,948,8113,893,8343,849,2253,798,2265.5


Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Western Australia reported the highest annual growth rates of student enrolments in 2020 (2.8%, 2.5%, 1.6% and 1.5% respectively), while the Northern Territory reported the lowest growth rate (0.3%).

These patterns are consistent with changes to the total population aged 5 to 19 years living in these states and territories, with the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria experiencing the highest growth rates for this age group (1.7%, 1.4%, 1.3% and 1.1% respectively), and the Northern Territory with the lowest growth rate (0.1%) (National, state and territory population). DownloadGraphTable

Graph 2. Annual growth rates in student enrolments by state and territory, 2019 to 2020

Annual growth rates in student enrolments by state and territory, 2019 to 2020End of interactive chart.
In 2020, the proportion of students enrolled in non-government schools was as follows

Highest in the Australian Capital Territory (38.5%) and Victoria (36.0%)

Lowest in the Northern Territory (25.5%)

Lower for students enrolled in schools in very remote areas (12.7%) than for remote areas (21.1%), outer regional areas (26.2%), inner regional areas (33.9%) and major cities (35.9%)

Map 1. Student enrolment counts by state and territory and school affiliation, 2020

A map of Australia showing student enrolment counts by state and territory and school affiliation for 2020

Retention rates

The Year 7 to 12 full-time apparent retention rate for Australia remained relatively
            steady   at 83.6%, compared to 84.0% in 2019

The retention rate for females (88.0%) was higher than for males (79.3%)

Independent schools had the highest retention rate (93.6%), followed by government schools (81.4%) then Catholic schools (81.2%)

South Australia had the highest retention rate at 92.7%, and the Northern Territory had the lowest retention rate at 57.8%

 

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Graph 3. Year 7 to 12 full-time apparent retention rates by school affiliation, Australia, 2010-2020

Line chart with 3 lines.View as data table, Graph 3. Year 7 to 12 full-time apparent retention rates by school affiliation, Australia, 2010-2020The chart has 1 X axis displaying .The chart has 1 Y axis displaying %. Range: 60 to 100.%GovernmentCatholicIndependent201020112012201320142015201620172018201920206065707580859095100Graph 3. Year 7 to 12 full-time apparent retention rates by school affiliation, Australia, 2010-2020End of interactive chart.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

 

there were 240,180 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in Australian schools, 4.1% more than in 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students accounted for 6.0% of all students

the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were enrolled in government schools (83.4%)

the Northern Territory had the highest proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at 39.0%

Graph 4. Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student enrolments by state and territory, 2020

Bar chart with 9 bars.View as data table, Graph 4. Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student enrolments by state and territory, 2020The chart has 1 X axis displaying .The chart has 1 Y axis displaying %. Range: 0 to 45.%6.46.41.81.88.68.65.05.06.86.89.79.739.039.03.23.26.06.0ProportionNSWVic.QldSAWATas.NTACTAustralia051015202530354045Graph 4. Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student enrolments by state and territory, 2020End of interactive chart.

Schools

There were 9,542 schools in Australia, a net increase of 39 schools since 2019 (16 government, 17 independent and 6 Catholic schools)

Queensland reported the largest increase in total school counts (15 schools), followed by Western Australia (11 schools) and Victoria (7 schools)

 NSWVic.QldSAWATas.NTACTAust
20203,1072,2541,7707151,1082621901369,542
20193,1032,2471,7557151,0972621891359,503

Staff

There were 296,516 full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in Australian schools, of which 83,532 were male and 212,985 were female

There were 152,281 teachers in primary schools, and 143,695 teachers in secondary schools

There was a higher proportion of male teachers in secondary schools (38.9%) than primary schools (18.1%)

Graph 5. Proportion of full-time equivalent teaching staff by sex and school level, Australia, 2020

Bar chart with 2 data series.View as data table, Graph 5. Proportion of full-time equivalent teaching staff by sex and school level, Australia, 2020The chart has 1 X axis displaying .The chart has 1 Y axis displaying %. Range: 0 to 90.%18.118.138.938.981.981.961.161.1MalesFemalesPrimarySecondary0102030405060708090Graph 5. Proportion of full-time equivalent teaching staff by sex and school level, Australia, 2020End of interactive chart.


The student to teaching staff ratio for all schools was 13.5 students to one teacher, and was higher in primary schools (14.8 students to one teacher) than secondary schools (12.1 students to one teacher).

Independent schools had a lower student to teacher ratio (11.8 students to one teacher) than Catholic schools (13.7 students to one teacher) and government schools (13.9 students to one teacher).

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