In 2015, Larrakeyah Primary was one of the first six NT schools to be selected as an Independent Public School.
Independent Public Schools are not private schools. They are government schools that still operate within industrial and legislative processes and still have support from the Department of Education, though operate under different accountability and governance structures.Teacher conditions remain the same.
However, as an Independent Public School, Larrakeyah Primary has the autonomy to make decisions that better suits the needs of its students. For example, offer innovative programs and locally manage the recruitment of staff. We have the flexibility and autonomy to make better use of resources and better educational decisions to maximise student learning outcomes.
Independent Public Schools have a School Board rather than a School Council, with the opportunity to pursue creative models of sponsorship and industry partnerships.
In 2014 there was strong support from our school community for Larrakeyah Primary becoming an Independent Public School.
We are very pleased that Larrakeyah Primary was acknowledged as ready and capable to operate successfully as an Independent Public School in 2015 and lead the implementation of this model in the NT.