- 79 school communities start their transition to Independent Public Schools
- More control over minor works announced for Independent Public Schools
- Schools can now manage their own repairs and breakdowns under $5,000
An additional 79 schools have been officially welcomed into Western Australia's nation-leading Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative.
At a training conference this morning for principals and council members from the latest IPS intake, Premier Colin Barnett said he was proud of the way the Liberal National Government initiative had been embraced.
"Australia has once again looked to the west for innovation in education and we have delivered it through the IPS model which is being adapted nationally," Mr Barnett said.
"From next year, we will have 524 Independent Public Schools, a clear indication of the support from communities across WA for their local public schools."
Education Minister Peter Collier also announced Independent Public Schools would next year have more control over minor maintenance and repairs, making it quicker and easier to get work done.
"Instead of having to get a quote and source a supplier for every job under $10,000 - for example, for painting a wall or installing new electrical sockets - IPS principals will simply work directly with contractors from a pre-qualified panel to get the job done," Mr Collier said.
"The limit for all schools to repair breakdowns and faults - such as plumbing and door locks - will also increase from $1,500 to $5,000 per fault. While only 155 schools currently manage their own breakdowns and faults, the new limit will make it worthwhile for many more schools to be involved."
Schools will receive funding for any works through their budgets, and savings principals make will be available to be directed to education programs.
"These new opportunities aim to help schools operate more effectively and efficiently at the local level, with support available as they need it," Mr Collier said.
- The 79 schools include 73 selected in September 2016 and six new schools opening for the first time in 2017
- More than 83% of public students in Independent Public Schools in 2017
- For more information, visit http://www.education.wa.edu.au
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