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Independent Public School for 2017

Bribie Island State School is currently conducting the consultation phase around becoming an Independent Public School in 2017. 
Information below is provided by the Department of Education and Training and will assist parents and community members to understand what it is all about.  The IPS Prospectus and Question and Answer for schools 2017 document outlines the IPS process and provides detailed information that may be of assistance.
Please read and discuss this information with the P&C Association so they can make an informed decision on behalf of the parents and community members.
Director-General’s foreword
The Independent Public Schools initiative provides us with an exciting opportunity to increase empowerment in decision-making and remove barriers to maximise student learning outcomes.
As a department we recognise that the best decision making often occurs at a local level through direct response to local community needs and aspirations.
By using local expertise to respond to local community needs, Independent Public Schools are able to embrace innovation, and make the most of opportunities to collaborate. This includes increased agency to work in new ways with local businesses, industry and other community organisations.
In Queensland, the flexibility offered to Independent Public Schools is not about principals and schools working in isolation. It is about schools building their capacity to drive their own school improvement journey by working with, contributing to and leveraging off available central, regional and collegial support as needed.  It is about enabling school leaders to make decisions that will impact on teaching and learning while the department devotes resources to build capacity and capability, and provides an authorising environment built upon collaboration and shared responsibility.
All Independent Public Schools remain part of the strong state system. They have a responsibility to work within the system to support growth, and share learnings and practices to build collective capacity.
I look forward to working together to develop autonomous and innovative practices that will improve outcomes for our students across the state.
Dr Jim Watterston
Department of Education and Training