Independence for schools
THREE local primary schools will become part of the Liberal Government’s Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative in 2017.
Ellenbrook’s Malvern Springs Primary School, Caversham Primary School and Upper Swan Primary School were among the 73 schools announced by Education Minister Peter Collier to gain independent status next year.
“Along with six new schools opening for the first time next year, the State Government will have 524 Independent Public Schools in 2017,” Mr Collier said.
The minister said more than 100 school communities had applied to join the initiative, and the standard was so high the initial cap of 50 schools was extended.
“Such a strong field of schools were deemed ready to become Independent Public Schools that we could not deny them this great opportunity,” Mr Collier said.
“Independent Public Schools have stripped away the barriers that used to shackle principals and staff from doing their jobs effectively – that is, providing the very best teaching and learning environments for students. Principals say they have never looked back after becoming independent and having the authority at school level to select staff, run budgets and decide how their schools operate.”
Opposition spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said that while she supported Independent Public Schools, it was important the Government monitored non-Independent schools as well.
“I know the school communities put in a lot of effort to gain this status, and congratulate them on all of their hard work,” she said.
“I was recently on a committee that identified general improvements that need to be undertaken across the system, to ensure that schools that are not IPS are not left behind. We also want to see a continued focus on student outcomes through every reform process.”