Empowering Local Schools Initiative

The Australian Government has committed $475 M to empower participating schools to make decisions at a local level.

 

About

The aim of the Empowering Local Schools Initiative is to empower participating schools to make decisions at a local level, supporting them to better respond to the needs of students and the school community and provide services designed to assist their students to achieve their best educational outcomes.

Up to 1,000 government, Catholic and independent schools across the country will benefit from participating in Phase One of the Empowering Local Schools initiative over 2012 and 2013. About half of these schools are in regional or remote areas.
 

Phase One

Phase One will focus on increased decision making in participating schools in three areas considered important in enabling schools to make decisions about how best to improve teaching and learning:

  • governance (e.g. strategic planning, school operation decision making structures that includes parents, carers and the community)
  • funding and infrastructure (e.g. allocation of resources, infrastructure management, planning and maintenance)
  • workforce (e.g. varying the mix of staff, recruitment, performance management).

Both government and non-government education authorities will be given considerable flexibility to tailor implementation to suit their jurisdiction and their schools, including determining the exact nature and scope of actions to be undertaken by schools.
 

Phase Two

Phase Two will be informed by an independent evaluation of Phase One and is expected to commence from 2015.

 

Objectives

The objective of the Empowering Local Schools Initiative is to empower participating schools to make decisions at a local level, supporting them to better respond to the needs of students and the school community and provide services designed to assist their students to achieve their best educational outcomes.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has committed $ 475.5 million over seven years to rollout the initiative over two phases, including $64 million to support the participation of up to 1000 schools in Phase One.

 

Eligible Projects

Phase One of the initiative, which runs over the 2012 and 2013 school years, will include up to 1,000 government and non-government schools across the country. Around one third of these schools will be located in regional areas.

 

Eligible Applicants

Up to 1000 government, Catholic and independent schools from across the country will benefit from participating in Phase One of the Empowering Local Schools initiative during 2012 and 2013. At least one third of these schools will be located in regional areas.

 

 Additional Information

Empowering Local Schools Initiative – Home

Empowering Local Schools Frequently Asked Questions and Facts Sheets

 

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