GOLD Coast Government schools will benefit from the Australian Government’s $70 million Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative, designed to strengthen the capacity of school communities to make better decisions for students.
Member for Moncreiff Steven Ciobo said Australian Government funding will flow to local schools as a result of an agreement between the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment, The Hon John-Paul Langbroek MP.
Under this initiative, Queensland will receive $12.88 million from the Australian Government between 2014 and 2017 to enable an additional 130 government schools to become Independent Public Schools. This is over and above the state’s current program.
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The funding will also assist with the development and delivery of three professional development programmes, and an online system to help schools better manage their budgets.
Mr Ciobo said the IPS initiative is part of the Government’s Students First approach, focusing on four key areas which will allow local schools to better meet the needs of students.
• teacher quality
• school autonomy
• parental engagement
• strengthening the curriculum
The $70 million will start to be rolled out before the end of the year, and continue right through to 2017.