The Federal Government has announced the 83 private, Catholic and public schools that will share in $5.5 million in funding under the Empowering Local Schools initiative aimed at fostering cooperation and autonomy within the school education system.


Minister for School Education Peter Garrett and South Australian Minister for Education Grace Portolesi today announced the 61 government, 11 Catholic and 11 independent schools that will receive funding to implement the initiative.


“Empowering Local Schools builds greater cooperation and professional learning opportunities across schools and let schools tailor education to the needs of students and the local community.”


Minister Portolesi said selected schools will talk with their local community, including parents, business and local government, on what the school community needs.


“Principals and school leaders know their school community and Empowering Local Schools lets them turn this into action, so the changes they make fit their local needs, whether that’s improving student wellbeing, streamlining financial management or approaches to the use of social media,” Ms Portolesi said.


“This initiative will help South Australian schools build professional learning and give principals access to this expertise to decide what is best for their students and their school.”