Day 1 2022: a snapshot

Explore the diversity and scale of our public education system, by the numbers.

Our students

Total students

  • 820,000 students in our classrooms (including students in department-operated preschools and schools for specific purposes)
  • 68,000 students starting Kindergarten
  • 491,000 students in primary school
  • 55,000 students starting Year 7
  • 320,000 students in high school

Where can our students be found across NSW?

  • 75% of our students are in metropolitan areas
  • 24.5% of our students are in regional areas
  • 0.5% of our students are in remote areas

Our students also have varied cultural backgrounds

  • 8.5% of our students are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • 37.5% have a language background other than English

Our schools

  • 2,216 public schools in NSW
  • 7 new and upgraded schools for Day 1 Term 1 2022

Our staff

  • 96,099 teachers and staff dedicated to students in 2022

Scholarships

  • 62 teach.Rural scholarships offered
  • 154 Inclusive Practice in Education scholarships offered

Wellbeing

  • $88.4 million for counsellors, student support offices and mental health resources in every high school by end 2022
  • Full time equivalent school counselling positions increase to 1,240
  • 390 student support officers by June 2022
  • 106 wellbeing nurses, supporting up to 500 schools
  • 48 rural and remote NSW schools with access to the department's dedicated face-to-face and telepsychology counselling service
  • Ongoing partnerships with leading mental health organisations to support schools to deliver best practice in prevention and early intervention mental health support for students

Supporting students with specific learning needs

  • 3,860 specialist support classes (mainstream and schools for specific purposes (SSP))
  • 1,890 specialist learning and support teacher positions
  • $280 million allocated for Integration Funding support for 14,370 students in 2021
  • 85% of students with specific learning needs learning in mainstream classes
  • 12% of students with specific learning needs learning in support classes
  • 3% of students identifying as living with a disability learning in SSPs
  • 1 in 5 students identifying as living with a disability

Technology

  • 6.7x faster internet delivered for students since Term 1 2021
  • 94 schools with upgraded learning spaces
  • 48,728 new student desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets & chromebooks
  • 685 STEM.T4L technology kits of robotics, coding, 3D printing, filming and VR

Rural Access Gap program

Creating equal access to digital technologies in 2022:

  • 392 schools with upgraded network connectivity
  • 471 schools receiving professional learning through the Digital Classroom Officer program
  • 1,003 Rural Access Gap schools benefiting from improvements to digital tools

Record funding delivered to schools in 2022

  • $19..0 billion total funding for NSW public schools in 2021-2022
  • $1.34 billion needs-based funding, $40 million above 2021

Skills

  • 71,567 apprentices enrolled in 2022
  • 44,524 traineeships in 2022
  • 2,582 School Based Apprentices and Trainees (SBATs) in 2021
  • 238,109 Smart and Skilled commencements in 2021

School Infrastructure NSW programs

  • $240 million for Regional and Metro Renewal Programs benefiting more than 1,300 schools
  • $15 billion portfolio of school infrastructure projects
  • 700 schools earmarked for new roofs, repairs and upgrades as part of the $60 million Roof Replacement Program to be completed in 2022
  • $30 million investment in Aboriginal-owned businesses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment
  • $498 million investment in regional and remote communities
  • 1,000 schools lit up with LEDs under the LED Lighting Upgrade Program
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