Local Pearce government schools given more encouragement to become Independent Public Schools

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter is encouraging local Pearce public schools to participate in the Coalition Government’s new $70million Independent Public School (IPS) initiative.

Mr Porter said the IPS initiative will help local government schools to become more independent by increasing their own local governance and community and parental engagement.

“The Independent Public School initiative is modelled on the ground-breaking program launched by the West Australian Liberal-National Government in 2010,” Mr Porter said.

“I am proud to have been a member of the State Cabinet that started the first successful IPS project in Australia and pleased now to be part of a Federal Coalition government that will oversee the expansion of the model throughout Australia.

“I encourage all local public schools to express their interest in this fantastic opportunity to become more independent and involve the whole school community in making decisions that will benefit their school and their students.

“This is about giving principals, parents and school communities the ability to make decisions about how their school is run based on their local needs.”

Mr Porter said the five objectives for the IPS initiative included:

1. Increased local governance and parental involvement; 2. Greater accountability to parents and the local community; 3. Implementing streamlined or one-line budgets; 4. Increased local management of school facilities and infrastructure; and 5. Increased delegation over staffing for school principals to maximise student learning outcomes and student support services.

To complement the Independent Public Schools initiative, the Coalition Government has also released a Guide for Parents on School Boards and School Councils.

Further information on the Government’s Independent Public Schools policy, including the Guide for parents on school boards and school councils can be found at www.studentsfirst.gov.au