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John Butler Primary College is proudly an Independent Public School (IPS).
An IPS is a public school where the principal has been given increased flexibility and responsibility to make local decisions across a range of school operations.
Principals of Independent Public Schools have more freedom to make decisions about important matters that impact students’ education such as the student support, staff recruitment, financial management, governance and accountability.
An Independent Public School caters to the specific needs of its students by determining the curriculum and specialist teachers required that best support them. Independent Public Schools may work in clusters, which enables them to effectively combine ideas and resources to create even greater flexibility and opportunities for each school.
Like all public schools, principals of Independent Public Schools must comply with relevant legislation, industrial agreements and whole of government policies and initiatives including:
- School Education Act 1999
- School Education Regulations 2000
- School Curriculum and Standards Authority Act 1997
- Public Sector Management Act 1994
- Financial Management Act 2006