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Introducing the Territory’s first Independent Public Schools 22 Oct 2014

Five Top End and one Central Australian school have been selected to be the Northern Territory’s first Independent Public Schools.

The successful schools are:

  • Braitling Primary School
  • Darwin High School
  • Larrakeyah Primary School
  • Leanyer Primary School
  • Palmerston Senior College
  • Wulagi Primary School 

Independent public schools are being introduced in the Territory as part of greater school autonomy. This is 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 delivered. 

Although all schools will operate with increased autonomy under global school budgets, independent public schools will benefit from even greater autonomy, particularly in relation to staff selection, financial management, governance, and their teaching and learning programs.

These successful schools undertook a rigorous selection process and demonstrated the capacity to assume greater autonomy, and the vision and innovation to use the enhanced flexibility to improve student outcomes.

Independent public schools will remain a part of the public education system and will be required to adhere to industrial relations and other relevant legislative boundaries, but will operate under different accountability and governance structures.

More information

 17 Oct 2014

Launch of Global School Budgets

Over the last few months the department has been working on a new way of allocating funding to schools with the introduction of Global School Budgets (GSB).

This is the feature initiative of increasing school autonomy which will be implemented in schools in 2015. For the first time principals and school councils will see the staffing costs attributed to the total budget of the school, hence the word ‘global’.

School resources will be allocated using a new needs-based funding model. This will ensure that resources are distributed in a simple, transparent and fair way. 

Detailed information is available in the fact sheets and other resource material.

 


Gray win for PEGS program 13 Oct 2014

PEGS program winner Gray Primary School was recently named as the NT winner in the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect awards. It collected the award for the Partners Engaging Gray School (PEGS) program, promoting access to family services through nine participating organisations, such as The Smith Family, Somerville Services, and Early Childhood Australia.

The alliance between the school and the associations is directed by an action plan, formulated at the beginning of each year in collaboration with the school’s family coordinator.

Gray Primary School principal Sue Beynon said: “The union means the school can direct families to organisations to get priority attention to their needs.” “Through PEGS we also run a number of school-based programs, such as ‘Safe Children’ – with stranger danger messages – and family-oriented workshops. “We’re about to run three workshops to help parents teach first reading skills to their children. “PEGS is something we are immensely proud of, not least because it is building some really strong links between families and the school community.”