Australian Bureau of Statistics
4221.0 - Schools, Australia, 2007
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/02/2008
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More students and more teachers in Australian schools over the last decade: ABS
There are more school students, more Indigenous students and more teachers in Australian schools than there were ten years ago, according to results from the 2007 Schools Census released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.
The schools snapshot found the main changes in a decade were:
The retention rate of those students who went on to attend Year 12 increased from 72% in 1997 to 74% in 2007. Over the decade the total number of schools dropped by 28 (down from 9,609 schools in 1997).
There has been an increase in primary school enrolments with an average of 250 enrolments per school in 2007, compared to 210 enrolments in 1997. The overall number of schools providing primary education has fallen by 229 (2.9%) since 1997. At the same time the number of primary schools with enrolment sizes of 600 or more has risen from 314 to 492 (57%).
From 1997 to 2007, the number of full-time students attending government schools grew by 1.7% (from 2,230,052 to 2,268,377), while the number of students attending non-government schools increased by 21.9% (from 941,572 to 1,148,146).
Since 2002, there has been a 48% increase in Indigenous students in senior secondary schooling (21,546 Indigenous full-time students in Years 10-12 in 2007, up from 14,538 in 2002).
The 2007 annual snapshot also found:
Further details are in Schools Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 4221.0).
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