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Independent Public School initiatives

The award winning Independent Public Schools initiative has revolutionised the way public schools operate in Western Australia.

This year, 72% of our teaching staff and 75% of our students are in schools that are maximising the opportunities provided through the Independent Public Schools initiative to meet the distinctive needs of their students and communities.

Seventy three more schools have been selected to become Independent Public Schools for 2017.

Independent Public Schools, and the communities they serve, gain a powerful combination of local autonomy and central support to deliver high quality, tailored and distinctive education experiences.

Students attending Independent Public Schools benefit from a curriculum and staffing structure that reflects their needs and can be changed in line with each local community’s evolution.

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The School Board Development Program is a new and exciting opportunity for principals and board members of Independent Public Schools who want to strengthen the operations, influence and effectiveness of their boards.

This program provides board members with tools, learning and resources to build their capacity across a range of areas, particularly in relation to influencing the directions of their schools.

It has been informed by an independent study commissioned by the Department. Undertaken by Curtin University, the study aimed to better understand where improvements could be made to the functioning, influence and effectiveness of boards in meeting the demands of their role within the scope of existing statutory and policy settings.

Research into Developing Highly Effective School Boards for Independent Public Schools (Curtin University)

The program is offered in both metropolitan and regional locations from Term 4 2016, supported by online resources. Principals will be notified of program dates and registration details.

Details about the program are in the following prospectus:

This is a collaborative program under the Project Agreement to Build Stronger School Leadership and Governance in Independent Public Schools, and is funded by the Australian Government as part of the Australian Government’s Independent Public Schools initiative. 

Media statement - Minister for Education announces School Board Development Program

The Independent Public School Principals’ Fellowship Program is an exciting opportunity for outstanding educational leaders to take a key role in driving school and system reform in Western Australian public schools.

Participants for the 2017-2018 Program have now been announced.

The program includes a special partnership with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education as well as change projects and policy work to further extend the capabilities of principals to lead school and system reform.

The challenging learning, mentoring and development program takes place over two years.

For further details: Independent Public School Principals’ Fellowship Program 2017-18

Minister for Education announces 2017-2018 Program participants.

Minister for Education announces Principals' Fellowship Program for 2017-2018.

This is a collaborative program under the Project Agreement to Build Stronger School Leadership and Governance in Independent Public Schools, and is funded by the Australian Government as part of the Australian Government’s Independent Public Schools initiative.

This advanced leadership program has been designed specifically for all principals of Independent Public Schools. Principals will benefit from new developments in leadership and how they can implement these improvements in their schools particularly those that make a difference in classrooms.

This program draws heavily on independent research commissioned in 2015 (School Autonomy: Building the Conditions for Student Success) which identifies the kind of leadership that links greater school autonomy with improvements in teaching and, ultimately, benefits for students.

Video of presentations made during the 2016 Metropolitan and Regional Briefing Days are available below:

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