Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Charter Schools)

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

The Government’s policy is to remove the charter school model from the education system. All existing charter schools have applied to become part of the wider state school system. Decisions on these applications are expected by the end of July 2018.

Once decisions are known, the Ministry will work with the schools to make sure the change goes smoothly for everyone, including students, parents and whānau.

The Education Amendment Bill, introduced on 8 February 2018, proposes to remove the provisions which allow new charter schools to be established. The Bill includes transitional provisions for existing schools until their contract ends.

About Partnership (Charter) Schools

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

Charter 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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