Results from the Education Future Report 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Australians are more educated today than they have been at any other point in history. The number of students completing undergraduate and postgraduate courses today is on the rise and for the first time in Australian history more than half the population aged 15-64 have a post-secondary qualification (51%). Over 70% of the newest wave of high school graduates, Generation Z, are pursuing further education and training, with almost half of them going on to university. How is today’s education system providing for this Generation of lifelong learners? This Friday we are looking forward to co-hosting the Education Future Forum with SCIL, to provide an overview of the current and future trends impacting the Education Sector. Here is a snapshot of some of the current and future trends in primary and secondary schools across Australia, from our Education Future Report 2016, which will be shared in detail at this Friday’s event.


Australia currently has more students enrolled in full-time education than ever before. In 2015 there were 3,730,694 students enrolled in Australian schools. This is a 1.5% increase from 2014 and a significant 14% increase from 2001.

Since 2001, the growth in the total number of students (14%) has far outweighed the growth of actual schools (2%), the result of which has been growth in larger schools (801+ students for primary and 1200+ for secondary). The nature of these growing schools is changing as well, with more students enrolling in Independent schools than ever before.


Since the 1970s there has been a significant rise in the proportion of students enrolling in non-government schools. Whereas non-government schools educated only 22% of all students in 1970, by 2015 that figure had risen to over a third (35%).

While government schools continue to educate the majority of Australian students (65%), enrolments at Catholic (21%) and Independent (14%) schools are on the rise and show that Australians value choice, and today’s parents are prepared to pay for an education if they feel it will align more closely with their values, expectations, and aspirations.


In 2015, there were 382,687 full-time equivalent teaching staff over primary and secondary schools in Australia, which is a growth of 13% since 2005. Of these, 240,882 (63%) taught in Government schools, 72,812 (19%) taught in Catholic schools and 68,994 (18%) in independent schools.

The total number of male teachers has grown between 2005 and 2015 by 3% compared to 18% growth in female teachers over the same period. Comparatively, Government schools have a lower percentage of male teachers than Catholic and Independent schools.


Bringing together the best of McCrindle's research and analytics with SCIL's hands-on experience and innovation, the Education Future Forum is an opportunity for educational leaders and practitioners to engage in the dialogue around the future needs, trends and directions in education. The day will inform and inspire those who are seeking to understand this generation and simultaneously envision a school where the learning captures the hearts and minds of young people. There will also be the opportunity to tour Northern Beaches Christian School, to see students and teachers in action and view the learning spaces.

View the full program
& purchase your ticket here.

The 2016 Education Future Forum

Friday, November 04, 2016

On Friday, 25th November, 2016 McCrindle Research is teaming up with The Sydney Centre for Innovative Learning (SCIL) to host the 2016 Education Future Forum (EFF).

The EFF will inform and inspire those who are seeking to understand this generation and simultaneously envision a school where the learning captures the hearts and minds of young people.

This one-day event will showcase results from new research on the education sector with a niche focus on the future of education. The research explores the trends, themes and influential factors that relate to the future of education in Australia. Areas scoped through the research include technology, generational transitions in staffing and leadership roles within the education sector, pedagogical styles, physical learning spaces, social licence, needs of students of the future and broader demographic shifts across Australian communities.



Date: Friday, the 25th of November 2016

Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm

Location: Northern Beaches Christian School (1 Echunga Road, Terrey Hills, Sydney NSW 2084)

Cost: $249 

Parking: Available onsite at no cost

Registrations: Click here to register.


Check out the full program and purchase your tickets here

Generation Z defined; The 5 characteristics of today's students

Friday, September 09, 2016

For today’s students, growing up with the emerging technologies at their fingertips has blurred the lines of work and social, of study and entertainment, of private and public. They now live in an open book environment – just a few clicks away from any information. They connect in a border less world across countries and cultures, and they communicate in a post-literate community where texts and tweets are brief, and where visuals and videos get the most cut-through.

At McCrindle, we are regularly engaged by a variety of organisations to assist with understanding who Generation Z is, what context they are being shaped in the traits that define them. Before we can engage this generation, we first need to understand them.

So how can we understand the emerging generations and their learning habits? Well, based on our research, here are five characteristics of today’s students:


Traditionally, learning took place in the classroom and the practice and application through homework. However, in the 21st Century, content can now be accessed through technology anywhere, and often in very visual and engaging forms. Thus we have the flipping of education where the learning takes place outside the classroom, but the essential engagement and practice is still conducted at school, by the all-important facilitator, rather than the teacher.


Not only through technology do today’s students interact, but they are mobile in terms of the jobs they will have and the homes they will live in. It is therefore important to think about how you can equip this generation with not just content but resilience in a changing world.


Today's generation of students are truly global, and are the most likely generation to work in multiple countries. They’re the most globally connected and influenced generation in history and are not limited to the local, but are global as never before.


We've called the emerging generation, Gen Alpha, but we also call them Generation Glass, because it is not just pen and paper, but iPads and screens on which they will learn, which are designed to not just display the written but the visual. While today’s students need literacy they also need digital skills to thrive in this changing world.


In an era of information overload, messages have increasingly become image-based and signs, logos and brands communicate across the language barriers with colour and picture rather than with words and phrases. Communicating symbols and pictures with stories isn’t an entirely new concept. Most ancient forms of communication such as indigenous rock art, reinforces the notion that it is pictures not words that tell the story. Visuals are also the way in which the brain processes information best. It can retain visual symbols and images rather than just written content. Our analysis of learning styles has shown the dominance in the visual and hands on learning styles, above auditory delivery form, which has traditionally dominated the classroom.

To find out more about Generation Z, visit our site and if we can assist with any presentations on the topic of the emerging generations, please feel free to get in touch.

About Ashley McKenzie - Team Leader of Communications at McCrindle

Ashley McKenzie is a social researcher, trends analyst and Team Leader of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a trends analyst she understands the need for organisations to communicate with the emerging generations to effectively engage and motivate them. 

From her experience in managing media relations, social media platforms, content creation and event management, Ashley is well positioned to advise how to achieve cut through in these message-saturated times. 

Her expertise is in training and equipping leaders and teams on how to communicate across generational barriers.


Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


baby boomers balance cooking charity narcissism 1980 google social commentary case study collaboration media commentary state moreton bay annual income Kiwi rule keeper Western Australia rising house prices Australian demographics typical australian panel growing population workforce wealth distribution home ownership event Christmas season slideshare jobs of the future coffee religion property market Financial Planning Association of Australia menai royal influence Territory world leadership workshop university population growth workplace culture Tasmania Education Future Forum baby boom REIV Conference Tuesday Trend TAS summer low density mccrindle 2016 Northern beaches Event suburbs learning styles 2020 Love Deaths 2014 water faux-cilising 40 million education sector area toys 24 million 10 years shopper's pick staff Northern Beaches finance tv easy rider school satisfaction hobart 2017 conference presentation national crime rates digital 2013 friendship schools unaffordable Australian Trends list sector wide google for education New South Wales weekly earnings nfp middle class rise of local vegetarian sports census global Real Estate Institute of Victoria economic future proof Australian Bureau of Statistics learner teleworking JOMO unemployment professional development intern cost of living fears future christianity trends of 2017 DESTEL career communications logan mother's day paying to work relevant mccrindle in the media land of the middle class Gen X Channel 7 conference owning a home divorce future of work australian communities trends report sunny days ageing population employment builders Christchurch residents high density hornsby community communities increasing densification entrepreneurial click wedding wealth and income distribution demographic trends mining boom trend tuesday video media activity entrepreneur social commentator prince george public speaking friends Mark McCrindle 2012 collaborative Hornsby Shire Council criminal internships Queensland: QLD population milestone marriage Research Executive newspaper holidays house price child care Adelaide weather commute crows nest generation TDE year 7 global generations eliane shopping Northern Territory relational Australia Day Australian schools potts point sydneycity Tuesday Trends Real Estate tertiary education generation alpha cold internet optus my business awards urban living index Netflix dreaming challenge economy easter urban living men learn megatrends future-proof follow keynote village ethnography alpha investment research visualisation social research housing growth trends analyst transport wages generation Z group social impact geomapping events Queensland online goal SA house prices language English education research thought leadership national private wealth brand population baby name trends rent qualitative research presentation research cancelling plans outsourcing REIV National Conference data visualisation repayments statistics marriages states social enquiry Valentine’s Day work mates house small business post rationalism work-life innovative technology thrive communication grandparents names skills CBD tips mccrindle tea baby name apartment politics education future report New Zeland ease of travel Social Trend employers students wellbeing change mover and shaker keynote speaker equip high density living earn speakers government learning researcher baby name predictions cartodb national wealth rich NSW buildings plans shbc professional greatness ipswich IT Specialists anzac moderators guide analysis personalities local communities online shopping divorce rate gen alpha home owner year 12 NT crime children school Wellington report data analyst households social shifts gold coast teaching ACF vegemite Canberra Crime Rates millennials volunteers stats engage wealth cars spend FPA cultural diversity Engineering Manager woolworths local leadership social lives brands research pack clothing survey perth cloudy days young people Merry Christmas optimistic monarchy townhouses ultimo ashley mckenzie insights stay home wealth and income System's Architect rain mythbusters Gen Y research services forum families socialising education future focus group organisational culture teachers communicate marrickville dream authenticity World Water Day Channel Seven lifestyle Australia Day 2017 focus groups cash identity Assistant Store Manager budget huffington post bondi environmental scanning salary goals manly darwin royal world youth day mortgage HSC trends of 2016 know the times non profit sector global financial crisis baby suburban living proactive emerging generations deloitte debt public holiday ACF 2016 Australian communities royal family Australian Dream gender schools students personal growth presentations careers Northern Beaches Christian School sentiments renter of the future offenders GPO McCrindle Speakers winter blues pyrmont product kate middleton Christmas presents father's day teacher Financial Planning Week FOMO Bathburst business index responsive suburb dare to dream sustainable millenials 2015 priorities faux-cilise EFF graphs recap survey design snapshot the changing face of ashley fell educhat Sydney tattoos celebration social market research twentyseventeen renting WA faux-ciliser professional speaker in depth interviews Population Clock wolloomooloo neutral bay australian social research Do It Yourself society interactive new york times hopes education living quote domestic high density apartments demographer eliane miles couple investor tuesday jobs demographic transformations results going out leader city educated generational trends Australian Census daily telegraph award consumerism experience staying in urban taskforce holiday training aussie culture Geoff Brailey networking Christmas lunch affordability social researcher youth facts housing affordability overcast student capital cities culture engagement high school Duchess of Cambridge Wodonga earnings Generation Y financial media study parents selfie socialites mentor society trends Aussie resource sunburnt country etiquette generations customer fresh poker master trend marketing mccrindle research mythbusting NEETs princess charlotte housing trends future proofing family in the media hills shire future of education 1975 group session poor emerging technologies waverton population map household lalor park Australians sydneysiders Australian Families Kirsten Brewer futurist rental stress brisbane youth unemployment Births Word Up publication Charlotte Scouts tea income 24,000,000 real urban young australians food christmas church trends royal baby winter data capital city Australian Home define not for profit sydney event visualisation VIC seasons long weekend January 26th Royals media release New Zealand social analysis growth conference speaker workshop environment cost organisations brand experience social media workplace entrepreneurs of today tableau Financial Planning Association visual sydney speaker teach housing market Generation X shifts community event Caregiver daily commute acf15 women internship baby names innovation The ABC of XYZ ACT social researchers housing financial independence Wagga Wagga program The Daily Edition life ideas resilience research data victoria social trends millionth australia forecasting Res Vis parenting energy home business property ABS participants social change mobile February 16 safe Myth mateship 23 million entertainment demographic 1968 consumer demographics dessert financial future Australian Communities Trends not-for-profit cancelling event meals retirement social life infographic school students cancel plans emerging trends motivate blaxland average aussie australians staying home more debate gen z "know the times" 1994 curiosity Aussies South Australia sun hello fresh news financial dreams community engagement australian communities forum optus happiness Sydney keynote speaker omnibus sector wide study affordable insight litter university degree work DIY PSI Melbourne property price