The Education Act 2004 (the Act) requires that each public school is to have a school board as a way of sharing authority and responsibility with the local school community.
School boards are based on two principles:
- school communities should have decision-making responsibilities and should be able to determine their own educational policies, and
- decision-making at the school level should involve Directorate staff, the school community, including parents, carers and students.
Section 39(1) of the Act details the functions of a school board of a public school:
- to establish strategic direction and priorities for the school
- to monitor and review school performance and to report on it to the Director-General, parents of students at the school and staff
- to develop, maintain and review curriculum for the school
- to develop and review education policies at the school
- to establish budgetary policies for the school and approve the school budget
- to establish policies for the efficient and effective use of school assets and the management of financial risk
- to develop relationships between the school and the community and between the school and community organisations
- to make recommendations to the Director-General on issues affecting the school and to give effect to the Director-General's directions
- to encourage parent participation in their children's learning, and
- to exercise any other function given to the school board under the Act or any other Territory law.
Annual Action Plan Report
Annual School Board Report
External Review Report
School Strategic Plan