Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    More schools set to benefit from autonomy

    24/02/2012 12:00 AM
    • Minister opens up next intake of IPS
    • Already 40 per cent of WA Government schools have applied
    The important State Government initiative giving principals, teachers and parents more say in how their school is run took another step forward today.

    Speaking at Rosalie Primary School in Shenton Park, an Independent Public School (IPS) since 2011, Education Minister Liz Constable called for more school communities to consider the benefits of becoming an IPS. 

    Dr Constable said the next intake would see another group of Western Australian public schools have a greater say in how their schools were run.

    “Our IPS agenda is the single most important education reform of the past 30 years, and certainly the most enthusiastically embraced by schools themselves,” she said.

    “This initiative is a fundamental component of the Government’s vision to enable all staff in schools to tailor programs to provide the best possible education for students.

    “Our State is leading the nation in giving schools more autonomy - and the initiative is revitalising public education for WA children.”

    So far, 207 schools have been selected to become IPS by 2013, with 171 of these in operation already.

    “The popularity of this initiative cannot be denied with 40 per cent of all public schools applying to become IPS over the past three years,” the Minister said.

    “The secret to its success is the strong involvement and support of the whole school community in making the decision.

    “Schools are given greater autonomy in the form of increased local decision-making, particularly in the areas of school resources, finances and staffing.

    “I expect to receive strong interest once again, with the percentage of public schools applying for IPS status increasing with each intake.”

    Rosalie Primary School principal Su Goddard said that becoming an Independent Public School had allowed her greater flexibility in managing resources to meet the diverse range of student needs.

    “We have selected and appointed our own staff who have the skills and experience we need to meet the learning needs of our students,” Ms Goddard said.

    “We also have greater flexibility in providing staff opportunities for their professional growth.

    “We now have a strong and committed school board and have not only strengthened links with our parent community; we have also uncovered opportunities for partnerships with local organisations and businesses.

    “These partnerships have the potential to greatly enhance the range and quality of learning opportunities for our students.”

          Fact File
    • EOI for next intake close at 4pm on Thursday, May 10, 2012
    • Schools can apply individually or as part of a cluster
    • An independent panel will consider all applications
    Minister's office - 6552 5700