CESE update: April
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Principal workload and time use study
School leaders are critical to shaping the future of our children and young people for a world that is rapidly changing.

Last year, CESE worked with
Deloitte to conduct an independent research study into principal workload. In our observations and interviews with principals, we learnt more about what tasks principals spend their time on and whether or not their current workload is achievable and sustainable.

Overall, the research found that principals’ spend their time in the following ways:
These findings, as well as the research identified in CESE’s Effective Leadership paper, helped to inform the Department’s School Leadership Strategy.
If you would like to learn more about CESE’s principal workload research, you can listen to our latest audio paper, or read the publication on the department’s website.
SMART is moving to Scout
NSW public school staff only
The Department’s platform for education data and analysis, Scout, will soon be available to all teachers. Scout will provide teachers with access to their students’ NAPLAN results which have previously been provided through SMART.

Why are we replacing SMART?

The SMART software is unable to be adapted for NAPLAN online reporting. From 2018, NAPLAN data will be made available through Scout instead. We will continue to make SMART available but it will only hold data up to 2017.
What is Scout?

Scout is an education data and analysis platform, developed to provide better information about our schools in one central place. It is currently used by school leaders to inform their planning and decision-making at a local level. Teachers will be able to use Scout to review and monitor their students’ assessment results as well as student growth and performance trends. 
What are the benefits of the Scout program?

Scout is being used to strategically plan and implement evidence based decisions which impact student learning outcomes. 

Stay tuned for opportunities to learn and program key dates.
For more information visit

Please contact us with any questions, email:
Watch this video to learn more about Scout, it's capabilities and the benefits for users.
Class sizes in NSW government primary schools, 2017
Average class sizes in NSW primary schools have remained unchanged for the past three years.

CESE's latest
statistical bulletin analyses 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 composite classes.

To read the bulletin,
visit CESE's website.
Here's a summary of the key findings:
  • The average class size in NSW government primary schools is 24.1. This has remained largely unchanged since the Class Size Reduction Program ended in 2009, despite a considerable increase in primary enrolments.
  • Since 2006, state-wide average class sizes have remained below the planned average of 20 for Kindergarten, 22 for Year 1 and 24 for Year 2 classes.
  • Average class sizes in Sydney are larger than those outside Sydney due to population density. Schools in Sydney-North have the largest average class sizes (24.9 in Kindergarten to Year 6) and South-West NSW have the smallest (22.1 in Kindergarten to Year 6).
  • Schools that have higher levels of educational disadvantage generally have smaller classes (averaging 21.6 for schools with FOEI of 150 or more). Schools that have lower levels of educational disadvantage have larger classes (averaging 24.9 students). 
NSW stats at a glance
A summary of Vocational Education and Training (VET) statistics, 2016
This paper summarises the profile of and qualifications sought by NSW VET students from 2012 - 2016.
To read the bulletin, visit CESE's website.
Want to learn more?
The NSW Education Datahub hosts publicly available data about education in NSW. This data is categorised by the following topics:
  • class sizes
  • early childhood
  • higher education
  • NAPLAN summaries
  • attendance and retention
  • schools
  • students
  • subject and course enrolment
  • teachers
  • assets
The most popular dataset on the Datahub is the Master dataset for NSW public schools. It includes comprehensive school information, including location, school type and contact details.

Visit the Datahub to explore further.
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