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Number of government schools (1848-2018)

This dataset includes the numbers of NSW government schools by type, from 1848 to 2018.

Data notes:

  • From 1848 to 1959 the figures are for schools open at the end of each year or during part of the year, the exception being 1866 where the figures represent only schools open at the end of the year; from 1960 the figures include only those schools open on the day of the annual census.

  • Evening public schools, evening continuation schools, nursery schools, sport and recreation centres and environmental education centres are not included. Schools now incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory education system are included until 1973.

  • Figures for public schools include superior public, district, district rural, junior technical, home science, central and other schools which enrolled both primary and post-primary pupils. The correspondence schools (later distance education centres) and the school of air are also included.

  • Half-time schools represent individual schools, except between 1867 to 1869 when half-time schools were counted in pairs or groups.

  • No numbers are available for individual teaching “stations” in house to house schools. As such, the figures for these schools represent the number of groups of teaching stations. From 1908, house to house schools include the small number of travelling schools.

  • The figures for special schools include hospital schools, schools for intellectually, physically or emotionally disabled children and community care schools. These schools are now known as schools for specific purposes (SSP).

  • For further information about this dataset, please refer to the glossary of school types and database facts from the history of government schools website.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Title Number of government schools (1848-2018)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Data Status active
Update Frequency annual
Landing Page https://data.cese.nsw.gov.au/data/dataset/edc58e2f-0ffd-48eb-ace0-c8389c66cb7e
Date Published 2018-04-12
Date Updated 2019-11-26
Contact Point
NSW Department of Education
1300 972 196
Data Services <data.services@det.nsw.edu.au>
Temporal Coverage 1848-01-01 - 2018-12-31
Geospatial Coverage NSW81093: New South Wales
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Data Portal NSW Education Data Hub
Publisher/Agency NSW Department of Education
Data Level State-level