Who Are We?
Independent Schools Tasmania is an association of independent schools within the state who together educate over 10,000 students. Each independent school is fully autonomous and separately accountable to its parents and community. We promote freedom of choice and diversity in education to support the needs of each individual student.
To provide support, advocacy and representation for the independent schools of Tasmania.
Supporting our members, to do the work they love.+
IST’s support services to schools are wide-ranging, supporting all facets of education including governance, leadership, quality teaching, student wellbeing, administration, registration, and legal compliance. Our highly qualified team of consultants provide professional learning, advice and support in areas including: Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Literacy and Numeracy, Curriculum, Inclusive Education, Vocational Education and Training, Early childhood, Industrial and Human Resource Management, Workplace Safety, Child Safety Standards, Governance, Funding and Financial Management.
Advocating for positive, meaningful change.+
We advocate for equity in government education policy for all schools and students, not only in Tasmania but also through our membership of Independent Schools Australia (ISA). ISA supports its State/Territory members by promoting and advocating for independent schooling at the national level and by contributing to national discussions on the quality of education for all young Australians.
Representing our members interests, on a state & national level.+
IST represents its members in working constructively with governments, regulatory and statutory authorities, and a wide range of other education stakeholders to ensure quality outcomes for all students.
maintaining freedom of choice in schooling for all Tasmanian families;
fostering independence for individual schools;
celebrating and supporting diversity in education to support the needs of each individual student;
providing quality services and support to members across all facets of education;
ensuring consistency and equality in government policy across all school sectors;
delivering efficient and cost-effective services without compromising quality;
a deep commitment to local, national and global collaboration in education.
Services We Offer
The consulting team at IST offer a range of Professional Learning options, catered specifically for your school or region. The Professional Learning opportunities include (but are not limited to) areas such as curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and differentiation; school culture, educational leadership, building teacher capacity and reviewing school data.
Professional Learning can be delivered via:
- One-on-one coaching and follow up coaching sessions and support
- A small group of your colleagues from your school
- Whole staff single school sessions
- Multiple small/whole group school sessions across the term/year
To arrange your bespoke professional learning sessions, please contact the consultants via our contact page.
Each year we also run a wide range of webinar based PL opportunities. They can be accessed through the events page.
IST administers and distributes grants to Tasmanian independent schools for a number of government funding programs.
- The Choice and Affordability Fund (CAF)
- The Australian Government Capital Grants Program (CGP)
- The State Capital Assistance program (SBGA)
- The Loan Interest Subsidy program (LIS)
- The National School Chaplaincy program (NSCP)
- The Special Learning Needs program (SLN)
- Early Childhood and Kindergarten funding (ECD)
- The State COVID Safe Schools funding (COVID)
To discuss this further contact our Finance and Admin Manager.
0411 858 558
Manager Finance & Administration
0409 355 039
Early Years Consultant
0491 200 308
0499 847 999
0498 001 078
Inclusive Education Consultant (North)
0473 143 180
Inclusive Education Consultant (South)
0498 004 921
Literacy Consultant (North)
0498 021 779
Literacy Consultant (South)
0407 227 870
0419 366 119
0407 337 846
0407 331 535
Our Executive Director
Tony Crehan has been the Executive Director of Independent Schools Tasmania since 2003. He is a strong advocate for choice, diversity and equity in education to best meet the needs of every child. Tony came to IST with extensive business experience as a management consultant and CEO, director and chairman of public and private companies. In his time with IST, Tony has overseen the provision of an expanding range of programs and services that assist schools with new ways of adapting to the challenges of modern education. The IST Executive Director is also a director of Independent Schools Australia (ISA)
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