We thank The Honourable Peter Chandler MLA for his appreciation of our efforts at Larrakeyah Primary School in leading the way in excellence in Government Schools. Here is a copy of the full release.
Minister for Education
Independent Public School success and international accreditation for Territory education
Wednesday 22 June
Minister Chandler today gave an update to the Estimates Committee on the success of Independent Public Schools across the Territory,
Independent Public Schools were first introduced in the Territory in 2015 with an objective of increasing school autonomy, a joint initiative by the Northern Territory and Australian Governments to give school communities a greater say in the way schools are administered and education programs are delivered.
The Education Minister said “Increasing school autonomy continues to be a priority for the Country Liberals Government as outlined in the Strong Society goal of the Framing the Future Strategic Plan and the Department of Education Strategic Plan Growing Success Together.
“Global school budgets and Independent Public Schools are two key initiatives to increase autonomy for government schools and improve overall school performance.
“Increasing school autonomy enables schools to operate with reduced red tape. It empowers principals to make the decisions that are right for their students and school community at the local level.”
Today, the Minister shared the achievements of Larrakeyah Primary School, an Independent Public School, which now will join the ranks of 10,000 Cambridge schools in over 160 countries worldwide.
“Larrakeyah Primary School is the first government school in the Northern Territory to be approved and registered as a Cambridge International School.
“Larrakeyah students and teachers will benefit from access to world-class resources which will add value to the Australian Curriculum.”
From Term 3, 2016, Larrakeyah Primary School teachers will begin trialling and developing plans to support the implementation of the Cambridge Curriculum resources, to complement the Australian Curriculum in English with the intention to implement these in classrooms from 2017.
The Minister said Larrakeyah Primary School is an Independent Public School that continues to lead the way in excellence in the government school education system.
“This is a fantastic example of how an Independent Public School can provide students and families with innovative and high quality teaching and learning programs to maximise educational outcomes.”
In 2016, 13 Territory schools are operating as Independent Public Schools: six schools commenced in 2015, and seven schools commenced in 2016.
“These schools have opted to accept more accountability for delivering their services and are now operating with increased autonomy, including making local decisions in areas such as staff recruitment and selection. They are leading at the front edge of our public education system,” Mr Chandler said.
“Each Independent Public School demonstrated through a rigorous selection process that they have the capacity and vision to operate with a higher level of autonomy, and the support of their staff and school community.
A selection process for the next round of Independent Public Schools commenced in April. Successful schools will be announced later this year and commence operating as Independent Public Schools in 2017.
The13 Independent Public Schools in the Northern Territory are:
- Bakewell Primary School
- Braitling Primary School
- Casuarina Senior College
- Casuarina Street Primary School
- Darwin Middle School
- Darwin High School
- Durack Primary School
- Gunbalanya School
- Larrakeyah Primary School
- Leanyer Primary School
- Palmerston Senior College
- Taminmin College
- Wulagi Primary School
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