New wave of Independent Public Schools announced for 2019

  • 42 more schools to become Independent Public Schools next year
  • The additional schools take the total number to 573
  • The latest intake reinforces commitment to greater local autonomy for public schools

An additional 42 Western Australian public schools across the State will start 2019 as Independent Public Schools.

The latest round of successful schools take the total number of Independent Public Schools to 573.

As part of the initiative, schools and their communities are empowered to make local decisions.

Principals will have more flexibility on important matters such as staff recruitment, financial management, governance and accountability.

Increased autonomy enables greater efficiency at the local level, while support from the public education system remains available for schools as they need it.

This is the seventh intake of Independent Public Schools since the initiative was first announced in 2009.

As noted by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

“Western Australia is leading the way in giving local schools and communities more say on their children’s education.

“By helping schools and communities come together, we are ensuring children’s learning, welfare and development is the driving force of all decisions.

“I am very pleased to welcome more schools to the Independent Public Schools initiative next year, and look forward to seeing how it benefits their students and school communities.”

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