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.
00:00 – Intro and Welcome
02:34 – Education in the News
- Analysis of National partnerships programs shows educational improvements following increased funding for targeted programs
- ACT schools could be sued over cyber-bullying conducted using school-provided internet access
- WA Liberal Govt. announces possibility of closing schools to save money.
- Public Primary School enrollments increase, while more students move to private schools in secondary years.
- Overall number of students in non-govt school has increased by 10% in 30 years
04:40 – Independent Public Schools
04:40 – Recent social media reaction to Federal Liberal party policy re: Independent public Schools
06:35 – What are Independent Public Schools
08:13 – Interview with NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli about his rejection of the WA Independent Public School model.
13:16 – Discussion of Independent Public Schools, WA/NSW Comparison
16:17 – Interview with SSTUWA President Anne Gisborne
16:46 – Response to Melbourne University review of WA IPS
18:00 – Disparity of IPS management in WA schools
20:02 – Concern over dismissive approach to increased workload
22:14 – Lack of connection between IPS model and student learning outcomes.
24:38 – Protections around curriculum under IPS model.
28:35 – Lack of support for rural and remote areas under IPS model
32:07 – Cut backs in WA education system accompanying IPS implementation
34:57 – Closing remarks, the nature and purpose of Public Education.
37:55 – Quote and sign off. “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in” – Greek proverb.
38:16 – Closing credits & contact info