1307.8 - Australian Capital Territory in Focus, 2007  
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SCHOOL TEACHING STAFF

In 2006, there were 4,399 full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in the ACT, of which 2,070 taught at primary schools and 2,329 taught at secondary schools. Between 2001 and 2006, the number of teaching staff in primary schools increased by 12%, and a 3% increase for secondary school teachers over the same period.


For primary schools in the ACT, the ratio of students to teachers was 15.0, which was lower than the national ratio of 16.0. For government primary schools in the ACT, the ratio was 13.8 compared with 17.5 for non-government schools.


The ratio of secondary school students to secondary school teachers in the ACT was 12.3 in 2006, which was similar to the national ratio (12.2). In the ACT, the ratio for government secondary schools (11.9) was lower than non-government schools (12.8).

6.3 Student/teaching staff(a), ACT

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006

Primary schools
Teaching staff (FTE)(b) FTE
1 853
1 932
1 980
2 050
2 077
2 070
Student/teaching staff ratio(c) ratio
17.6
16.7
16.1
15.4
15.0
15.0
Secondary schools
Teaching staff (FTE)(b) FTE
2 256
2 291
2 321
2 323
2 323
2 329
Student/teaching staff ratio(c) ratio
12.5
12.4
12.3
12.2
12.3
12.3

(a) Includes ACT and Jervis Bay Territory government and non-government schools.
(b) Full-time Equivalent.
(c) FTE student/teaching staff ratios are calculated by dividing the number of FTE students by the number of FTE teaching staff. Student/teaching staff ratios should not be used as a measure of class size. They do not take account of teacher aides and other non-teaching staff who may also assist in the delivery of school education.
Schools, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4221.0).


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