John-Paul Langbroek
John-Paul Langbroek

Call for more schools to be added to education initiative

A CALL has gone out to add another 34 schools to Queensland's $21 million Independent Public Schools initiative.

There are already 26 schools involved in the initiative which touts greater decision-making at a local level.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said joining the initiative would give principals greater flexibility to tailor the curriculum to suit the needs of their students, such as incorporating International Baccalaureate and gateway programs, centres of excellence or other extracurricular activities.

He said he aimed to have 120 schools operating under the model by 2016.

"The best people to make decisions for students are principals, parents and communities, so we're helping them cut through the red tape with greater autonomy and more of a say in how their schools are run," he said.

Schools have until August 30 to lodge their applications.

Successful schools will be announced before the end of term four this year.

For more information visit education.qld.gov.au/schools/independent-public-schools/index.html



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