In part 2 of our discussion of Independent Public Schools, we interview Greg Thompson from Murdoch University in WA, and Nicole Mockler form the University of Newcastle in NSW. Greg sits on the board of an IPS in WA, and both Greg and Nicole are researchers into Educational Policy.
In episode 4, part 1, we discuss Independent Public Schools, focusing on the Western Australian model that is the basis of the Federal Coalition’s education election platform. We speak with NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli about his rejection of the model, and how IPS is different from current NSW govt. policies regarding school management. We also speak to Anne Gisborne, President of the State Schools Teacher’s Union of Western Australia, about the University of Melbourne review into the first few years of IPS in WA, and the experiences of teachers in WA not represented in that report.
In part 2 of our Gonski episode we interview NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, about NSW being the first state to sign up for the new funding agrement, as well as the plans for implementation of increased funding in NSW schools. We also speak with AEU President, Angelo Gavrielatos about the significance of these funding reforms, and the union’s campaigns around school funding leading up to the new funding model.