Day 1 2020: a snapshot

Check the numbers on NSW public schools - proudly one of the world's biggest education systems.

Where can our students be found across NSW
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Our students

Location

  • 74% of our students are in metropolitan areas
  • 25% of our students are in regional areas
  • 1% of our students are in remote areas

Cultural backgrounds

  • 8% of our students are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • 8% of our students have a language background other than English
Our students
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Total students

815,000 students from preschool to Year 12 in our classrooms

  • 71,000 students starting Kindergarten
  • 497,000 students entering primary school
  • 56,000 students starting Year 7
  • 318,000 students entering high school
Our schools
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Our schools

  • 2,216 public schools in NSW
  • 24 new and upgraded schools in the back to school period
Our staff
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Our staff

  • More than 90,000 teachers and staff dedicated to students
    • 996 new teachers
    • 50 new principals

Scholarships

  • 58 teach.Rural scholarships bringing permanent teachers to rural and remote public schools
  • 198 Inclusive Practice in Education scholarships helping to support students with disability
Wellbeing
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Wellbeing

$88.4 for counsellors, student support officers & mental health resources in every high school by 2022.

Wellbeing in 2020

  • 1,081 school counselling positions
  • 183 student support officers start

World-class technology in our classrooms

  • 850 STEM.T4L technology kits for robotics, coding, 3D printing, filming, VR and AR
  • 100% access to Adobe, Microsoft & Google software with free, filtered internet and unlimited secure cloud storage
  • 43,000 new student desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets & chromebooks
  • 2.5x faster internet for more than 500,000 students and staff

Record funding delivered to schools in 2020

  • $16.6 billion of total funding for NSW public schools in 2019-2020 (recurrent + capital)
  • $1.25 billion of needs-based funding, $60 million above 2019
  • $200 million school maintenance work blitz over the summer school holidays at 966 schools

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