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Staff in Australia’s Schools 2013 Survey

The Staff in Australia’s Schools 2013 (SiAS 2013) is the third survey in a series conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). This survey series focuses on providing demographic information of the teaching workforce, along with teachers’ perceptions of their employment conditions, career satisfaction and issues that they face in a teaching environment.

Staff in Australia’s Schools 2013 – Fast Facts

Teacher employment

  • 73% of primary teachers and 81% of secondary teachers are employed full-time
  • Less than half of teachers aged 25 or younger are in ongoing or permanent positions

Average teacher workload (self-reported)

  • Face-to-face teaching: Primary 24 hours/week; Secondary 20 hours/week
  • All school-related activities: Primary 48 hours/week; Secondary 48 hours/week

Average class size

  • Primary generalist classes: 25
  • Secondary years 7/8 – 10: range from 15 (ESL) to 25 (General science, Religious studies). Mostly 21-24
  • Secondary years 11 – 12: range from 10 (LOTE, Music) to 21 (Religious studies). Mostly 15-18

Five or more days engaged in professional learning activities (in the last 12 months)

  • Primary teachers: 79%
  • Secondary teachers: 68%

Areas of perceived need for more professional learning

  • Primary teachers (early career): Supporting students with disabilities; teaching students with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities; dealing with difficult student behaviour.
  • Primary teachers (experience): Making effective use of ICT.
  • Secondary teachers (early career): Dealing with difficult student behaviour.
  • Secondary teachers (experienced): Making effective use of ICT.

Source: Australian Council for Educational Research 2013

ACER recently released the main report detailing the results of the SiAS 2013 Survey.

Read the previous cycles of SiAS and other teacher workforce data reports…