Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua

Charter, or Partnership schools kura hourua are a type of school in our education system, that involves the business sector and community groups in the provision of education.

Charter, or partnership schools kura hourua are a type of school in our education system, that involves the business sector and community groups in the provision of education.

The Ministry is currently working to implement the Government’s policy to remove the partnership school model from the education system.  We’re engaging with all existing partnership school sponsors on a case by case basis to discuss future options within the state system, or as private schools. 

See the Changes in Education section of the website for the latest information on charter or partnership schools. 

About Partnership Schools

Charter, or partnership schools kura hourua are required to focus on priority learners: Māori, Pasifika, learners from low socio-economic backgrounds and learners with special education needs.

Partnership schools operate under a fixed term contract and are accountable for delivering improved education outcomes.

Advisory Group on Charter Schools

The primary role of the advisory group is to advise the Minister of Education on the performance of charter or partnership schools kura hourua, while they continue to operate under this model.

The six member advisory group will undertake regular monitoring and review of the performance of charter schools and may, as requested by the Minister of Education, provide further advice on other charter school related matters. 

The Advisory Group is chaired by Bruce Adin, with Bernardine Vester as deputy chair. The other members are Murray Jack, Te Rau Kupenga, Moe Milne, and Jason Swann.

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