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Celebrating the Value of Independent Schools

Independent schools are valued institutions and a pivotal part of Queensland’s education system.

They are valued:

  • schooling choices for families
  • hubs of human and community connection
  • places of intellectual, civic and social development
  • employers and employment generators
  • education innovators and changemakers.

Independent schools have proven their worth over more than 150 years. Parent confidence in the quality and tailored learning provided by independent schools has seen enrolments surge by 20% over the past 10 years.

In 2020, there are 218 independent schools operating across about 250 campuses educating almost 129,000 students from all backgrounds and cultures. About 40% of non-government schools in Queensland are independent. Their unique and prized autonomy allows them to be highly attuned and responsive to any changes in their local communities, and to pivot quickly and galvanise support in times of crisis and to harness new opportunities in times of prosperity. Innovation is part of the independent schooling sector’s DNA – a characteristic that will ensure its longevity and ongoing role in shaping the education futures of Queensland children.

The value of the independent sector – to schooling, families, the community, society, the economy and the future – is considerable and worthy of its own story.

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Vol 25, Issue 1


In this issue, Executive Director David Roberson discusses the impact of increased funding on school results. The Research Feature by Director (Education Services) Josephine Wise and Senior Advisor (Teaching & Learning) Michael Gilliver considers the adaptive qualities of influential leaders during a long-term crisis. 

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