Latest data signals continued growth for Independent Schools in Tasmania

Enrol­ment data for Tas­ma­nia indi­cate grow­ing pref­er­ence for Inde­pen­dent Schools, despite the over­all decline in Tas­man­ian school stu­dent num­bers and the pres­sures of COVID-19.

Fig­ures released today by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics show pos­i­tive signs for Inde­pen­dent Schools in Tasmania.

The ABS Data shows an increase in Tas­man­ian inde­pen­dent stu­dent num­bers from 9,969 in 2020 to 10,410 in 2021 (an increase of 441 or 4.4.%).

Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, Tas­ma­nia had the sec­ond low­est annu­al growth rate in stu­dent enrol­ments by state and ter­ri­to­ry (-0.3%) and the low­est pop­u­la­tion growth rate by state and ter­ri­to­ry (-0.2%).

Inde­pen­dent FTE enrol­ment share increased by 0.6% from 12.2% in 2020 to 12.8% in 2021.

The Pri­ma­ry FTE enrol­ment share increased by 0.5% from 10.1% in 2020 to 10.6% in 2021 and the sec­ondary FTE enrol­ment share increased by 0.6% from 14.8% in 2020 to 15.4% in 2021.

In-school staff (FTE) increased by 6.6% for Inde­pen­dent Schools in Tasmania.

Inde­pen­dent Schools Tas­ma­nia (IST) Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Tony Cre­han said:

Despite school stu­dent num­bers falling in Tas­ma­nia, we saw a record increase of 4.4% in Tas­man­ian inde­pen­dent stu­dent enrol­ments in 2021 to 10,410

The data shows long term trends in the rate of enrol­ment for Tas­man­ian Inde­pen­dent Schools

The data indi­cates an increas­ing rate of growth in enrol­ment in Tas­man­ian Inde­pen­dent Schools, from a 2.7% increase in 2020 to the 4.4% increase in 2021.

Tas­man­ian inde­pen­dent school five-year stu­dent FTE growth from 2016 to 2021 was 1,226 or 13.4%.

These data reflect the grow­ing pref­er­ence of fam­i­lies for inde­pen­dent schools in the face of uncer­tain­ty aris­ing from the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic,” Mr Cre­han said.
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