Allowing tertiary education institutions to sponsor partnership schools | kura hourua

New legislation

Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs) can now sponsor partnership schools | kura hourua under section 158 of the Education Act 1989. The Education Act 1989 has been amended by the Education Legislation Act 2016 that came into force on 29 October 2016.

Impact of the legislation

There will be no longer be a legal restriction on TEIs being sponsors of Partnership Schools. The Minister will be able to enter into a contract with a TEI to sponsor a Partnership School.

Why the change?

Partnership schools | kura hourua have a focus on innovative education to lift achievement for priority learners. To do this, they need strong, capable sponsors with a vision and understanding of what will work to raise student achievement.

TEIs make attractive potential sponsors of partnership schools because they can offer:

  • a proven track record as capable managers of significant budgets
  • links with industry that could help them identify new ways to make sure school students have the knowledge and skills that industry requires
  • links with secondary education through secondary/tertiary programmes
  • a good understanding of the latest educational research and practice.



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