Federal funding to boost autonomy in Queensland government schools
- Minister for Education
- Leader of the House
- Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment
Queensland schools will soon benefit from increased local autonomy through funding from the Australian Government’s $70 million Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative.
Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP welcomed Queensland’s commitment to strengthening the capacity of principals, school leaders and school communities to take full advantage of the level of autonomy available to them.
“My colleague and Queensland Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek MP is putting students first and supporting Queensland’s government schools to operate more independently,” Mr Pyne said.
“Funding will expand Queensland’s Independent Public Schools initiative and provide professional development to support school leaders to effectively manage more autonomous schools,” he said.
Under this initiative, Queensland will receive $12.88 million from the Australian Government between 2014 and 2017 to enable an additional 130 Queensland schools to become Independent Public Schools by 2017 over and above the state’s current program.
“Eighty schools are already reaping the rewards of having more freedom to make their own decisions and this partnership will directly benefit our school principals, leadership teams and school communities,” Mr Langbroek said.
“The Queensland Government has an unrelenting focus on achieving better student outcomes – by boosting teacher quality, improving student discipline and increasing school autonomy.
“The partnership with the Australian Government means we can continue to expand the Independent Public School initiative to strengthen the state school system and provide parents with greater choice.
“It means that one in five Queensland state schools will be Independent Public Schools, with a better opportunity to focus on the needs of their students,” he said.
The funding will also assist with the development and implementation of three professional development programmes, and an online system to help schools better manage their own budgets.
“This important part of the Government’s Students First approach will allow Queensland schools to better meet the needs of their students and communities,” Mr Pyne said.
The Government’s Students First approach focuses on four key areas that will make a difference to students:
• teacher quality
• school autonomy
• parental engagement
• strengthening the curriculum
For further information, visit www.studentsfirst.gov.au.