Department of Family and Community Services

5.2 Principals of NSW government schools

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Current position

As at June 2012 in NSW, 56 percent of primary school principals and 38 percent of secondary school principals of NSW government schools were women.

Gender gap

  • Women constitute a slight majority of primary school principals.
  • The proportion of female principals in secondary schools lags behind males by 24 percentage points.
The direction of
change over time

There has been a gradual increase in the proportion of female principals over the last
five years.

Between 2008 and 2012, the proportion of female principals in primary schools rose by 6 percentage points, and the proportion of female principals of secondary schools rose by 3 percentage points.

In each of primary and secondary schools, the proportion of female principals rose by 2 percentage points in the 12 months to June 2012. See Figure 5.11.

Discussion

As at June 2012, women made up 81 percent of the total school-based teaching staff (including principals) in primary schools, and 56 percent of total teaching staff in secondary schools.

Set against these figures, women’s share of principal positions is disproportionately low, but gradually increasing. See Figure 5.11.

Principals in NSW Government schools are responsible for educational programs and learning outcomes of students, the management and professional development of staff, school finances and property and the relationships between the school and its community.

As at June 2012, there were some 47,200 permanent and temporary teachers in NSW Government schools. Of this number, some 2,200 (5 percent) were school principals.

Year collected: June 2012.
Data source: NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC), Workforce Profiles as at June for 2008 to 2012. More information is available at www.dec.nsw.gov.au

Figure 5.11 Female principals and teachers, NSW government schools, 2008-12

Fig 5.11

Note: ‘Teachers’ covers all teaching staff, including principals.
Population: Permanent and temporary staff only. Does not include casual staff.
Source: NSW Department of Education and Communities Workforce Profiles as at June for 2008 to 2012.