IPS Update

On Wednesday, 21 September our school community was informed via the newsletter that Mount Lawley Primary School's IPS application had been successful.

During the next few months, as  we transition to an IPS school for the start of 2017, we will provide updates via the newsletter and on our website. Click here to download information on the IPS Prospectus.

More information about Independent Public Schools is also available from the Department of Education. Click here to view further information.

Monday, 17 October
Below is a schedule depicting the forthcoming IPS workshop sessions which will provide information, guidelines and protocols as we transition to an IPS status. Click on the workshop topics below to access further information.




 Who will be attending

 Official launch

 Friday, 21st October

 Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth

 Mr Don Barba and
 Mr Steve Williams

 Workforce Management

 Monday, 31st October

 Mount Lawley Golf Club, Inglewood

 Mr Don Barba and
 Mrs Sandra Martin

 New Authorities,
 New Relationships

 Wednesday, 2nd November

 Tompkins on Swan, Alfred Cove

 Mr Don Barba and

 Mrs Sandra Martin

 Building Effective School Boards

 Thursday,  3rd November

 Tompkins on Swan, Alfred Cove 

 Mr Don Barba and
 Mr Steve Williams

 Accountability, Quality Assurance   and Review

 Monday, 7th November

 Mount Lawley Golf Club, Inglewood

 Mr Don Barba and
 Mrs Sandra Martin

Information from the Department of Education

School Board Development Program - prospectus

What is the difference between a Parents & Citizens' (P&C) Associaiton and an Independent Public Schools (IPS School Board? Independent Public Schools Delivery and Performance Agreement - Sample

Responsibilities of and Independent Public School


Sample -Delivery and Performance Agreement (DPA)

Buliding Effective
School Boards



















The school will provide a summary of the major outcomes from each of the above sessions in forthcoming updates.  A copy of the official launch session can be downloaded by clicking here.

On Friday 21 October Steve Williams, Chairperson of the School Council and Don Barba attended the launch of the IPS 2017 program. The Hon Colin Barnett MLA and the Hon Peter Collins, MLC and the Director General, Sharyn O’Neill were present for the launch and the presentation of the individual school certificates.

During the day the following topics were covered:

  • An address from the Minister and Premier congratulating and welcoming schools into the 2017 IPS program.
  • The Minister, Hon Peter Collins, MLC also provided information on the following:

a. Additional funding ($46m) in the area of students with disabilities.

b. Additional flexibility with procurement with IPS schools being able to manage faults from July 2017 up to $ 5 000 and Minor works to the value of $10 000.

c. Building greater connectedness between parents and school with community contributing to the decision making process.

  • The Director General, Sharyn O’Neill, spoke about IPS being an important vehicle to provide greater autonomy but still being part of a system. The Director General spoke about IPS schools seeking innovation for the purpose of benefitting students. Ms O’Neill detailed a number of themes including Expectations and Obligations, Accountability, Role of Central Office,  and Quality of Teaching

a. Expectations

- IPS schools to have a fully functioning board which is critical to the success of an IPS status. The board to have a mix of skills and backgrounds adding to the quality of decision making and the building of a professional partnership.

- IPS schools are more accountable than other schools. There will be more expectations from parents, board, staff and central office.

- IPS schools will commit to a signed (chair of Board and Principal) Agreement, Delivery and Performance Agreement.

b. Accountability

- IPS school will have three forms of accountability including School Performance system, Independent Review conducted by the Department of Educational Services and the Principal’s direct relationship and review with the Director General.

c. Role of Central Office

Central office will provide when as required. IPS schools are still part of the system. IPS schools will also have available online programs and direct support as they transition for 2017 and beyond.

d. Quality of Teaching

IPS should provide greater empowerment of teachers in the classroom with greater collaboration and decision making leading to improved classroom practice and quality teaching.

  • Autonomy and Classroom Impact – Peter Hamilton
    Peter Hamilton discussed the concept of autonomy and its impact on classroom practice and quality teaching. Peter encouraged IPS schools to ask questions in relation to what opportunities can IPS schools take advantage of and can we do something things a little differently. Peter also spoke about the increasing impact in our teaching programs not merely increasing activities.  Peter also spoke about building a culture of Collaboration, working together to improve the quality of teaching in our classrooms.
  • Building and projecting School Brand - Jane Machin–Everill, Director Corporate Communications and Marketing,  Department of Education
    Ms Machin-Everill presented a session on What is Brand and its impact on schools. The question was asked of all present to think about what their school brand was and how they communicated that to the local and wider community. Discussion also centred on the perception of school brands from administrators, staff, parents, students and community stakeholders and how they communicated the school brand through their actions and manner. The essence of a school brand is to ensure that it communicates the message - to improve student improvement.

On Monday, 31 October Sandra and Don attend the Workforce Management IPS workshop. The major themes of the workshop centred on managing personnel within an IPs distinctive environment, adhering to Public Sector Standards and Human Resource Management. The day also looked at:

  • — Recruitment, Selection and Appointment of staff
  • — School re-Profiling
  • — Opting out processes for staff who do not want to work in 
  •   an IPS school
  • — Workforce Management Plans
  • — Labour relations and Awards Agreements
  • — Performance Management
  • — Employee Support Bureau


On Wednesday, 2 November, Deputy Princiapl, Mrs Sandra Martin  and Principal, Mr Don Barba attended the New Authorities, New Relationships IPS workshop. The major themes of the workshop looked at finance, administration school marketing and branding. The day also examined the following in relationship to IPS schools:

  • Employee Self-Services for leave
  • —Corporate Services and Payroll
  • —Labour and Industrial relationships
  • —School one line budget and audit responsibilities
  • —Contractual arrangements
  • —The role of Regional Office and and its relationship with IPS schools
  • —Standards and Integrity
  • —Staff Conduct
  • —Minor works and faults management


On Thursday, 3 November Mr Steve Williams (Council Chairperson) and Mr Don Barba (Principal) attended the Building Effective Schools Board workshop.

The major theme of the day was “welding effective partnerships between school and community.”  The day also looked at:

  • —How Councils transitioned into Boards
  • Developing a plan for transition into a Board
  • Memberships of Boards
  • —Roles, Responsibilities and Functions of the Board
  • —Meeting procedures and protocols
  • —Code of Conduct  for Board members
  • —Preparing, in consultation with the school, a Performance Agreement by the end of April 2017.
  • Developing a School Busines Plan

Board members, in 2017, will also have the opportunity to  a comprehensive online training program available which is designed to equip board members of Independent Public Schools. The training modules will be discussed at our next Council meeting on Thursday, 8 December and made available early in Term 2017 on the school’s website.


On Monday, 7 November Mrs Sandra Martin  and Mr Don Barba attended the final IPS workshops entitles Accountability, Quality Assurance and Review. The major themes of the workshop centred on accountability in a culture of autonomy. The day also looked at the following:

The school’s Delivery and Performance Agreements (DPA). The DPA outlines the key responsibilities of the school Principal and Board. It also highlights the performance and accountability expectations of the school. A sample copy of the DPA can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Principal will sign the DPA in Term One, 2017. The Board Chair endorses the Agreement and works with the Principal and community to ensure the Board carries out its functions as prescribed in the School education Act 1999, the School Education Regulations and Department Education policies.

The DPA also outlines the roles and responsibilities of both the School and Department of education. It is not a negotiable document.

School Business Plan

The Business plan is narrative of the ‘business’ of the school, academic performance and operational. It’s a strategic document which details the context, vision and needs of the school, the directions and strategic priorities set, with measurable targets and milestones to be reached, within a comprehensive self-assessment cycle. The Business plan is the vehicle that delivers the DPA.  The Business Plan is a working document which can change during the course of the 3 year cycle.

Independent Review of IPS schools

The Department of Education Services (DES) will undertake an independent review of the school within the 3 years of the school’s Performance Agreement. The purpose of the independent review is to assure the Minister, the Director General and the school community. The importance of the school’s self-assessment procedures and process and the rigour of that those processes together with the involvement of their community is the key assuring transparency and how its meeting its targets set in the Business Plan.


Schools will need a self-assessment schedule that aligns with the Business Plan and Annual Report and documentation that shows how the data was reviewed and what actions were undertaken at class and school level. Decisions are driven by evidence rather subjective assumptions.

Self-assessment is all about improvement and accountability and ensuring that the school - teachers, administrators and Board investigate the data and activate actions plans/strategies to ensure improvement in student outcomes