Independent Public School

An Independent Public School is a public school where the Principal has been given increased flexibility and responsibility to make local decisions to enhance education outcomes for students. Principals of Independent Public Schools have more freedom to make decisions about important matters that impact students’ education such as student support, staff recruitment, financial management, governance and accountability.

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Waggrakine as an IPS 

Waggrakine became an Independent Public School in 2012. An Independent Public School caters to the specific needs of its students by determining the curriculum and specialist teachers required that best support them. Independent Public Schools may work in clusters, which enables them to effectively combine ideas and resources to create even greater flexibility and opportunities for each school. Each Independent Public School has a school board. The board establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships. Like all public schools, principals of Independent Public Schools must comply with relevant legislation, industrial agreements and whole of government policies and initiatives including, but not limited to:

  • School Education Act 1999
  • School Education Regulations 2006
  • School Curriculum and Standards Authority Act 1997
  • Public Sector Management Act 1994
  • Financial Management Act 2009
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992

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