CESE update: August 2018
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Supporting students' learning - podcast now available
In CESE’s latest podcast, school leaders from Sir Joseph Banks High School and Whalan Public School describe how their schools are creating highly supportive learning environments. CESE chose these schools as case studies, as they consistently demonstrate high levels of advocacy, as reported by their students in the Tell Them From Me surveys.
To listen to the podcast, visit our Soundcloud.

To read our Supporting students' learning Learning Curve and Resources for schools, teachers and parents document, visit the CESE website.
We'd like to thank Helen Polios from Whalan Public School and Murray Kitteringham and Melanie Check from Sir Joseph Banks High School for sharing their insights with us.
Schools and students: 2017 statistical bulletin
Every year, CESE publishes a snapshot of data collected across NSW government schools. The 2017 statistical bulletin presents tables and charts on school characteristics, student enrolments, attendance rates and more. 

To read the bulletin,
visit our website.
Here's a summary of the key findings:
  • In August 2017, there were 2,209 government schools and 100 preschools.
  • The average class size for Kindergarten to Year 6 was 24.1 students.
  • Total enrolments reached 791,039.8 full-time equivalent students, continuing the rising trend which began in 2008.
  • 1,930 Year 11 and 12 students were studying part-time, equivalent to 1206.8 full-time students.
  • 24,391 students were enrolled in support classes or schools for specific purposes.
  • 2679.6 students were enrolled in distance education.
  • 7.5% of students identified as Aboriginal, totalling 59,214.2 students.
  • 34.2% of students (272,401 students) were from a language background other than English.
  • 80,222 primary students studied a language other than English, with Chinese (Mandarin) the most popular language.
  • Japanese was the most popular language studied by students in Years 7 to 9, at 25,472 students.
  • The Year 7 to 12 apparent retention rate was 77.4 per cent in 2017, the highest rate recorded.
  • 38,774 students were awarded an HSC in 2017, including 1,222 Aboriginal students.
  • The average attendance rate was 91.3% in 2017.

For more statistics  

Visit the NSW Education Datahub or read our other statistical publications
Evaluation Essentials for School Leadership 
NSW public school principals and school executive staff:
Are you interested in knowing more about the progress and impact of the work happening in your schools? CESE’s ‘Evaluation Essentials for School Leadership’ course is now available. It is a practical, hands-on course designed specifically for school leaders to build their capacity in conducting evaluations in their school.

This workshop provides school leaders with a rich introduction to key concepts of evaluation and evaluative thinking. It is:
  • a full day workshop where schools will get to collaborate and share with others
  • open to principals, middle executive and aspiring leaders (schools are encouraged to send two or more staff)
  • registered at Highly Accomplished (6 hours).
To enrol directly, visit MyPL.
To learn more,
visit the Evaluation Resource Hub.

In this short video, CESE's Duncan Rintoul explains what evaluative thinking is and why it's important.
We’d love to hear back from you about our work, or the way that we share our information. To help us learn more about what you'd like to see from CESE in the future, please get in touch with us.

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