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There were 22,758 part-time school students in 2008, 1,745 less than in 2007. South Australia had the highest proportion of students in part-time study (2.6%), followed by Tasmania with 1.9% and the Northern Territory with 1.1 %.
In 2008, there were 151,669 Indigenous full-time school students, an increase of 3.0% or 4,488 students since 2007. Almost 59% of these students attended schools in Queensland or New South Wales. There were 22,731 Indigenous full-time students in senior secondary schooling (Years 10-12), across all states and territories in 2008, compared to 15,585 in 2003 - an increase of 45.9%.
SCHOOL PARTICIPATION RATES
At the Australian level, the school participation rates for full-time students aged 15 to 17 years, in 2008 were 94.7% for 15-year-olds, 82.9% for 16-year-olds and 62.7% for 17-year-olds, the latter rising from 62.1% in 1998.
APPARENT RETENTION RATES (ARR)
Apparent retention rates for Indigenous full-time school students, from Year 7/8 to Year 12 were much lower than for non-Indigenous full-time school students (46.5% and 75.6% respectively), however the Indigenous rate rose by 3.6% in comparison to 2007, while the non-Indigenous rate was unchanged.
There were 247,106 full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in 2008, 161,351 (65.3%) at government schools and 85,755 (34.7%) at non-government schools. This was an overall increase of 1.1% from the previous year, and 18.2% (38,026) higher than in 1998.
The number of FTE teaching staff in government schools has increased by 10.5% from 1998 compared to an increase of 36.0% in the non-government sector. In the year to August 2008, government FTE school teacher numbers increased by 0.3% and non-government FTE school teacher numbers grew by 2.6%.
The proportion of FTE teaching staff who are female continues to rise -- in 2008, 69.0% of all FTE teachers were female, 80.4% of all FTE teachers in primary schools and 57.3% in secondary schools. In 1998 65.5% of all FTE teachers were female, 77.5% of primary school teachers and 53.5% of secondary school teachers.
Overall, the average number of FTE primary school students per FTE teacher was 15.8. In government primary schools the average was 15.6 and in non-government schools it was 16.4. The equivalent figure for secondary schools was 12.0, with an average of 12.3 in government schools and 11.6 in non-government schools.
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