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Snapshot of NSW public schools 2019 – infographic

As 810,000 students head through the gates of 2,200 NSW schools on day 1, 2019, we’ve crunched the numbers on Australia’s largest education system.

Department of Education branding with the hashtag 'First Day 2019' and title "NSW public schools, day 1 2019: a snapshot". There are two images in circles: the 1st has a adult woman with long dark hair and the 2nd has two young children smiling.

Snapshot of NSW public schools 2019. Details follow in the text.

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Student numbers

  • 810,000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in our classrooms
  • 73,000 students starting Kindergarten
  • 496,000 students entering primary school
  • 56,000 starting Year 7
  • 314,000 students entering high school

Where can our students be found across NSW?

  • 1% remote
  • 74% metropolitan
  • 25% regional

Our students have varied cultural backgrounds

  • 7.8% Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
  • 35% language background other than English

Schools

  • 2,200 public schools in NSW
  • 17 new and upgraded schools
  • 900+ schools getting new air conditioning

Teachers

  • 88,000 teachers & staff dedicated to students in 2019
  • 900 new teachers (Teacher numbers grow over the school year. 6,000 new teachers were employed in 2018)
  • 61 new principals

World-class technology in our classrooms

  • 660 STEMShare technology kits for robotics, coding, 3D printing, filming, VR and AR
  • 44,000 new student desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets & chromebooks in 2019
  • 100% free access to Adobe, Microsoft and Google software with cloud storage for all students
  • 484 country schools with new high speed wi-fi, reaching 900+ schools by mid-year
  • 2.5x faster web-browsing for 500k+ students and staff, with upgrades in 700 of our largest schools by Term 2

Record funding delivered to schools in 2019

  • $15.4 billion total funding for NSW public schools in 2018-2019 (recurrent + capital)
  • $1.18 billion needs-based (‘Gonski’) funding
  • $57 million school maintenance works blitz over the summer break

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