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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


(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




(b) Secondary1




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

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(d) Schools of special educational needs3




(e) Language development centres




(f) Overall4




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.