The Queensland Government is committed to providing state schools with greater autonomy in decision-making and increased capacity to work in new ways to maximise learning outcomes.
The Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative delivers on this commitment.
Following the 2015 Expression of Interest process, schools will commence as Independent Public Schools in 2016.
The 2016 group brings the state total to 180 Independent Public Schools.
All Queensland state schools can apply to become an Independent Public School during the annual Expression of Interest process. There will be a further expression of interest process in 2016. Further information for school principals is available on OnePortal - DET staff intranet.
The Independent Public Schools initiative provides an exciting opportunity to have greater empowerment in decision-making and increase the capacity to work in new ways to maximise student learning outcomes.
By becoming an Independent Public School, Queensland principals, teachers, parents and local communities have greater control and ownership of their school.
The Independent Public School initiative provides opportunities for:
The implementation of the IPS initiative has been closely monitored since its inception in 2013. Along with a rolling evaluation monitoring progress annually, a short term independent evaluation was conducted in July 2015 to inform the continued roll out. The findings of this evaluation are currently being considered. Decisions from this evaluation may impact on the conditions under which IPS operate in the future.
Queensland Independent Public Schools continue to remain part of the state's strong public schooling system.
They have access to the same support as other Queensland state schools and maintain the same core values.
Independent Public Schools receive a one-off $50,000 grant to assist with their transition. This funding enables the schools to seek expertise and advice about the establishment and effective functioning of their school council.
In 2016 all Independent Public Schools will also receive a further $50,000 in funding.
Independent Public Schools are empowered to shape their own strategic direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students.
They have an enhanced capacity to work directly with local businesses, industry and community organisations.
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.
For more information about the Independent Public Schools initiative please read the following documents:
This page was last reviewed on 17 November 2015 at 09:26AM