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Parliamentary Questions


Question On Notice No. 1617 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 September 2023 by Hon Donna Faragher

Question Directed to the: Leader of the House representing the Minister for Education
Parliament: 41 Session: 1
Tabled Paper No: 2723- View tabled paper


Question

(1) I refer to student to teacher ratios in Western Australian government schools, and I ask: For the years 2021, 2022, 2023 (current), what was the median student to teacher ratio in:
(a) primary schools;
(b) secondary schools;
(c) curriculum and re-engagement in education (CARE) schools;
(d) school of special education needs (SSEN);
(e) language development centres; and
(f) overall?
(2) For each government school, will the Minister table a list of the individual student to teacher ratios in 2023 (current)?

Answered on 17 October 2023

(1)         Median calculations are not used for the reporting of student-to-teacher ratios. Student-to-teacher ratios for selected school groups 2021 to 2023 as follows:

 

Ratio 2021

Ratio 2022

Ratio 2023

(a) Primary schools1

16.2

16.0

16.1

(b) Secondary1

14.2

14.0

14.1

(c) Curriculum and re-engagement in education (CARE) schools2

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(d) Schools of special educational needs3

0.5

0.4

0.4

(e) Language development centres

8.6

8.5

8.9

(f) Overall4

14.6

14.5

14.5

1 Distance education, district high schools, K-12 schools, and education support schools/centres are excluded from the responses to (a) and (b).

2 The public school sector does not have any schools that can be classified as CARE schools.

3 Two of the SSENs enrol students: Sensory, and Behaviour and Engagement. The ratio calculation does not take into account that the teachers at the SSENs provide extensive services to many students in their home schools.

4 The response to question (f) includes distance education schools, district high schools, K-12 schools, and education support schools/centres.

·         The student-to-teacher ratios are based on Semester 1 (February) student and staff data as at the student census.

·         Kindergarten students are nominally reported as 0.6 FTE when calculating the student-to-teacher ratios.

 

(2)          See tabled paper.