Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    More public schools to gain independent status

    5/02/2016 10:00 AM
    • Up to 50 more public schools to become independent
    • New data confirms WA still has the highest per-student funding of any State
    • A teacher in front of every classroom
    • Record graduate recruitment

    The Western Australian school year has begun with four new primary schools opened, a record 1,812 teaching graduates employed, and news that up to another 50 public schools will gain independent status.


    Education Minister Peter Collier said WA had led the nation in reforming the way public schools were run, with power shifting from a central bureaucracy to individual schools and their boards.


    "So far, 445 schools have shown their willingness to test the status quo, take innovative approaches and harness their communities," Mr Collier said.


    The Minister made the comments as he opened Anne Hamersley Primary School in Ellenbrook.


    "Once again, the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services has found WA funds schools at the highest per-student rate of any State," he said.


    "Compare that to 2005-08 when there were significant teacher shortages and our teachers were the lowest paid in the nation."


    Across the board, WA teachers are now the highest paid of any State.


    A $52.7 million computing and technology upgrade is also under way in public schools to improve wireless access and provide up-to-date devices for students.


    Fact File

    • 70% of public students and teachers are in 445 Independent Public Schools across WA
    • School internet downloads have more than tripled in the past two years
    • The latest Report on Government Services data was released yesterday
    • For more information, visit http://www.education.wa.edu.au
    • New primary schools opened this year at Ellenbrook, Baldivis, Alkimos and Harrisdale
    • Graduates are defined as teachers who have been in the job for less than two years

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