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 School Board Report
School Review Report