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Independent Schools Welcome Clarification of Future Funding Arrangements

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) congratulates the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, for moving quickly to clarify future funding arrangements for Independent schools. The Government today announced the phased introduction of a new model for calculating government funding for non-government schools which creates the foundation for a fair and reasonable resolution of the current funding issues.

ISCA Congratulates New Minister for Education

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has congratulated the Hon Dan Tehan MP on his appointment as Minister for Education. ISCA Executive Director, Colette Colman said she looked forward to working with Mr Tehan on a wide range of school education issues, including Australian Government funding for non-government schools.

Further work required to determine feasibility of SES changes

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has stressed that the recommendations of the National School Resourcing Board (NSRB) Report on its Review of the SES will require rigorous trialling and validation before it can be implemented. ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman today said that, “The Board recommendations would be a significant change from the present methodology. The current approach took three years to model, trial and validate prior to its introduction, and we’d expect the same rigour prior to any move away from the existing arrangements.”

Low and middle-income families choose Independent schools

ISCA’s analysis of the 2016 Census examines trends across all school sectors in areas including enrolment share and growth, family income, dependent children, students recently arrived in Australia and religious affiliation.

2018 ISCA & AHISA National Education Forum

The 2018 ISCA & AHISA National Education Forum was held in Canberra on Monday 20 August 2018, bringing together principals, members of governing bodies, business managers and sector representatives from other national and state-based organisations, plus national political leaders. Further details, speeches, presentations and media releases are now available on ISCA’s event webpage.

Independent schools welcome latest Gonski report

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today welcomed the release of Through Growth to Achievement, the report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools led by Mr David Gonski AC.

Research Funding for School Improvement Welcomed

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today commended the Australian Labor Party and
its Shadow Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, for the commitment to
establish an Evidence Institute for Schools.

Indigenous boarding schools under threat unless ABSTUDY issues urgently addressed

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is warning that there may not be any large-scale Independent boarding schools for Indigenous secondary students remaining unless changes are urgently made to the structure and level of ABSTUDY funding.

Independent schools challenge misleading fee portrayal

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) cautions parents about glossy marketing campaigns for education focused financial products that misrepresent the cost of Independent school fees. While ISCA supports using sensible strategies to help provide for their children’s schooling, parents should note that school fee estimates quoted in the marketing material of these products do not reflect the majority of Independent schools.

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