Students First - Pyne and Randall visit Ocean Road Primary in Mandurah

Joint Media Release
  • Minister for Education
  • Leader of the House
  • Member for Canning

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Mr Don Randall MP, Member for Canning, visited Ocean Road Primary School in Mandurah today to see first hand the progress made in implementing Independent Public Schools in Western Australia.
 
In fulfilling a previous promise to visit the region, Mr Pyne also visited Mount Lockyer Primary School in Albany and spoke there at the Great Southern Education Forum with Senator Dean Smith and Member for O’Connor, Mr Rick Wilson.
 
“It was exciting to see two fine primary schools in operation. I met with school leaders, teachers, staff, parents and students to hear about issues of concern and discuss how we could help,” Mr Pyne said.
 
“Ocean Road Primary has been an Independent Public School for just over a year, but the School Principal has already noticed an improvement in teacher quality, curriculum and principal autonomy, all leading to improvements in outcomes for students.
 
“These results highlight why the Australian Government has introduced our own $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative.
 
“Nationally, we want to help schools work with parents and their communities to make local decisions and respond to issues that affect the learning outcomes of their students.
 
“We have set a goal of encouraging up to 1500 existing public schools to become Independent Public Schools by 2017.”
 
Mr Randall welcomed Minister Pyne’s interest and said the visit to Ocean Road Primary had showcased a thriving regional school which would benefit even further through the Australian Government’s fresh and practical approaches to improving school education.
 
“Minister Pyne’s tour of two regional WA schools today demonstrates that WA schools are absolutely on the Federal Government radar, and that the Government is open to listening to parents and school communities about how school education can be further improved in this region and nationally,” Mr Randall said.
 
"I'd like to thank Ocean Road principal, Mr Dean Finlay for hosting us today and for his enthusiasm for independent public schools. It is clear the IPS programme has had a transformative impact at Ocean Road Primary and that is why the Federal Government is so determined to expand the programme in other states and territories.

Under the Australian Government’s Students First approach, the Australian Government will work with the states and territories in 2014 by focussing on four key areas that will make a difference to students:

  • teacher quality
  • principal autonomy
  • parental engagement
  • strengthening the curriculum.

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