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class size bulletin (PDF, 435kB)

This class size bulletin (PDF, 435kB) presents analysis of average class sizes in primary schools and shows results by remoteness, school size and Family Occupation and Education Index (FOEI) bands. It also reports on the number and proportions of multi-age or composite classes.

 2017 attendance bulletin (PDF, 408kB)Download the 2017 attendance bulletin (PDF, 408kB). 


Student attendance has been demonstrated to be linked to student academic outcomes, although the nature of the link is complex. CESE’s Government School Student Attendance 2017 (Semester 1) bulletin summarises attendance rates by:
• student level of education
• remoteness
• Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students
• scholastic year and gender.


Main findings 

CESE’s analysis of Semester 1 2017 attendance data indicates that the average attendance rate for NSW government schools was 92.1 per cent, but varied widely across a number of contextual factors. 

Attendance rate and student level of education
Primary school students’ attendance rates were, on average, 4.4 percentage points higher than secondary school students’ attendance rates. Attendance rates decreased at a slower rate in primary years (drop of 1 percentage point from Kindergarten to Year 6), than in secondary years (5 percentage points decrease between years 7 and 10).
Attendance rate and remoteness
Attendance rates were lower for students in remote and very remote schools compared to attendance rates at schools in major cities - averaging 85.6 per cent in remote and very remote areas, compared to 92.7 per cent in major cities.

Attendance rate and Aboriginal students 

The gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students’ attendance rate has decreased 0.7 percentage points since 2011. In 2017, the average attendance rate for Aboriginal students was 86.2 per cent and for non-Aboriginal students was 92.6 per cent. This gap was smaller for primary students (4.1 percentage points) than secondary students (10.1 percentage points). The average attendance rate for Aboriginal students at remote and very remote schools has increased by 4.3 percentage points since 2006.


Implications for educators

Recording and monitoring student attendance allows educators to identify students who have low attendance, and are at risk of falling behind. Tracking student attendance is also a legislative requirement and part of every school’s duty of care. Attendance data is important because it provides a measure of students’ engagement – which is critical for evaluating school and student performance.


For more information

To access data on NSW government school student attendance, visit the NSW Education Data Hub.


The summary on this page is also available as a PDF. Download the 2017 attendance summary (PDF, 215kB)

LBOTE bulletin 2017

The language diversity bulletin (PDF, 860kB) summarises the diversity of students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) enrolled in NSW government schools in 2017. 

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Special Religious Ed Special Ed Ethics 2015 Review 

Authors: Wendy Hodge, Chris Milne, Marita Merlene, Yvana Jones, Alexandra Ellinson, Kerry Hart, Ofir Thaler and Jasper Odgers

Evaluator company/business: ARTD Consultants

Year: 2016

URL or Pdf: Download the 2015 review of Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics in NSW Government Schools (PDF, 2.96MB)

Summary: This review considers the implementation of the Special Religious Education program and Special Education in Ethics program being delivered in primary schools across NSW. The independent review was conducted in response to a recommendation arising from the Legislative Council General Response Standing Committee Report No. 38 regarding the Education Amendment Bill 2011. The review presents recommendations for the department to consider in the continued implementation of the two programs.

Published in Evaluation repository

2016 attendance thumb

The 2016 attendance bulletin (PDF, 370kB) presents analysis of attendance data at NSW government schools from 2006 to 2016. Results are presented for primary and secondary students. Attendance rates are also presented for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, remoteness, and the Family Occupation and Employment Index (FOEI) of schools.

language diversity bulletin (PDF, 1.3MB)

The language diversity bulletin (PDF, 1.3MB) summarises the diversity of students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) who are enrolled in NSW government schools in 2016.

language diversity bulletin (PDF, 2MB)

The language diversity bulletin (PDF, 2MB)  summarises the diversity of students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) who are enrolled in NSW government schools in 2015.

Government School Student Attendance 2013

Research indicates a strong link between attendance and student achievement. 

The attendance rate for all students in NSW government schools increased by 0.6 percentage points in 2013; from 92.0 per cent in 2012 to 92.6 per cent in 2013. This is just 0.1 percentage point lower than the highest attendance rate recorded over the past 10 years, which was 92.7 per cent in 2003. 

Download the report (PDF, 750kB). 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Getting the funding right

Getting the funding right (PDF, 1MB)

CESE has developed a new measure of school socio-economic status, the Family Occupation and Education Index (FOEI), to accurately identify levels of socio-economic disadvantage. Getting the funding right (PDF, 1MB)  outlines what FOEI is, how it assesses disadvantage and makes comparisons with other related measures.

You can also read the accompanying report Methodological Advice on Family Occupation and Education Index

Published in Research report

Language diversity 2012

This bulletin summarises the diversity of students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) who are enrolled in NSW government schools in 2012.

Download the full publication (PDF, 1.0MB).

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