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Public Education: a great career move

Public schools are everywhere

As a new teacher you have the opportunity to commence your teaching career in one of over 2,200 public schools across NSW.

100 Pre-schools offer educational programs to children aged three to five years including activities to develop literacy, numeracy, physical, social, and emotional skills. Our pre-schools include:

Over 1,600 Primary Schools cater for children in Kindergarten to Year 6, including 18 separate Infants Schools for children from Kindergarten to Year 2.

The Department provides 73 Primary Schools with Opportunity Classes to cater for academically gifted and talented children in Years 5 and 6.

Our infants and primary schools vary in size and are categorised according to the number of students enrolled. This category determines the number and nature of staff in the school. For instance, Class 4 - Class 1 schools have a non-teaching principal.

Class 6 school - 25 or fewer students

Class 5 school - 26 to 159 students

Class 4 school - 160 to 300 students

Class 3 school
- 301 to 450 students

Class 2 school - 451 to 700 students

Class 1 school - more than 700 students

Around 400 Secondary Schools provide students from Years 7 to 12 with a quality education in a broad range of subjects. Our range of secondary schools meets the diverse needs of secondary students in NSW.

Central Schools and Community Schools provide comprehensive education for children from Kindergarten to Year 12 in the one school setting.

Schools for Specific Purposes offer a specialised educational setting for students who require intensive levels of support. This includes:

Distance Education Centres across NSW support student learning by using a variety of media including print, audio, video and graphics as well as communication technologies, such as VHF and HF radio, fax, teleconferencing and networked personal computers. Field trips and mini-schools enable teachers to meet regularly with students.

Saturday Schools of Community Languages

Environmental Education Centres throughout NSW