Schools: InBrief mid-year census 2020

This bulletin was originally published 24 September 2021.

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CESE’s Schools: InBrief mid year census, 2020 bulletin summarises the results of the census of students in NSW Government schools undertaken on Friday 7 August 2020, and the census of NSW non-government schools undertaken by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

The mid year census includes data on NSW Government schools (preschool, primary, secondary, central/community and special) and students (age at 1 July, grades, full-time, part-time, gender and Aboriginality).

From 2020, students in mainstream support classes are reported by their underlying grade of enrolment. Prior to 2020, this cohort of students would have been reported as ‘ungraded’ or ‘support’. From 2020 only students in schools for specific purposes (SSPs) are reported as ‘ungraded’. This has resulted in a break in series, and is explained in more detail later in this publication.


NSW Government

Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 492,280
Secondary enrolments 312,016.8
SSP enrolments 5,780
Total enrolments 810,076.8
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Total Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander enrolments 65,960.4
Percent Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander enrolments 8.2%
Part-time students
Number of part-time students 1,756
FTE enrolments 1,127.8
Preschool students
Number of preschool students 4,271
FTE enrolments 2,257.7
NSW government schools
Primary and infant schools 1,607
Central/community schools 68
Secondary schools 401
Schools for specific purposes (SSPs) 116
Environmental education centres (EECs) 23
Total government schools 2,215
Preschools attached to primary/infant schools 100
Separate preschools 1
Total preschools 101

NSW non-government

Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 211,195.1
Secondary enrolments 219,960.1
Total enrolments 431,155.2
NSW non-government schools
Primary schools 494
Secondary schools 140
Primary/secondary schools 254
Special schools 62
Total non-government schools 950

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