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Independent Public Schools

The Queensland Government is committed to giving state schools greater autonomy in decision making, cutting red tape and removing layers of management to improve outcomes for students.

The Independent Public Schools initiative delivers on this commitment.

Following the 2014 Expression of Interest process, 50 schools have been selected to commence as Independent Public Schools in 2015.

The 2015 group will bring the state total to 130 Independent Public Schools.

54 schools commenced as IPS in 2014

26 schools commenced as IPS in 2013

Future opportunities

All Queensland state schools can apply to become an Independent Public School during the annual Expression of Interest process. The 2016 Independent Public School application process will run from July to September 2015, with the announcement of successful applicants expected to be made in Term 4, 2015. Further information for school principals is available on OnePortal - DETE staff intranet.

What does it mean to be an Independent Public School?

The Independent Public Schools initiative recognises the best decision-making often occurs at a local level through direct response to local community needs and aspirations.

By becoming an Independent Public School, Queensland principals, teachers, parents and local communities have greater control and ownership of their schools.

The Independent Public School initiative will provide opportunities for:

How will Queensland Independent Public Schools be supported?

Queensland Independent Public Schools will continue to remain part of the state's strong public schooling system.

They will have access to the same support as other Queensland state schools and maintain the same core values.

The Government will provide a one-off $50 000 grant to assist schools transition to becoming an Independent Public School and the establishment of their school council.

In addition, schools are eligible to receive a further $50, 000 in funding each year.

What will it mean for students?

Independent Public Schools will have greater freedom to shape their own strategic direction and make decisions which will directly benefit their students.

They will have the ability to work directly with local businesses, industry and community organisations.

This new way of working could lead to unique and innovative partnerships and sponsorships, providing extra support for students, schools and the local community.

Schools also have greater flexibility to tailor the curriculum to directly suit the needs of their students.

This tailor-made approach will mean students may benefit from opportunities such as International Baccalaureate, extracurricular and gateway programs or access to centres of excellence.

Further information

For more information about the Independent Public Schools initiative please read the following documents:

Independent Public Schools Prospectus
Independent Public Schools Prospectus

Independent Public Schools - questions and answers
Independent Public Schools - questions and answers

Independent Public School Fact Sheet

Independent Public Schools - Queensland school councils Fact Sheet
Independent Public Schools - Queensland school councils Fact Sheet

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