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Ministers announce framework for Partnership Schools

2 August 2012

Media Statement

Ministers announce framework for Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister John Banks today announced the framework for the New Zealand Model of Charter School.

The schools will be known as Partnership Schools or Kura Hourua

“The term ‘partnership’ captures the essence of the concept; they will be a partnership between the Crown and the school’s sponsor, and between the sponsor and the community,’’ says Mr Banks.

“We already have a number of different types of schools operating in New Zealand, such as state, integrated, or private schools.

“Partnership schools will be another option for parents and students, giving them more freedom to choose the type of education that best suits their learning needs.’’

Ms Parata says the Government is focused on raising achievement for all students, particularly for those groups who have historically been under-served by the current system.

“We want all our students leaving school with the skills they need to reach their potential in the modern economy.

“Partnerships schools or Kura Hourua will be based on international best practice and will ensure high levels of accountability and flexibility, while being tailored to New Zealand’s education environment,’’ says Ms Parata.

Legislation will be introduced to Parliament this year and formal requests for proposals from potential sponsors will be called for once the legislation is passed. All sponsors will be expected to open their schools for the beginning of the 2014 school year.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in education in New Zealand. I would like to thank the New Zealand Model of Charter School Working Group for their work so far to develop the Partnership School framework,’’ says Mr Banks.

“The group consulted extensively, and were able to combine this feedback with the wealth of international experience to create the gold-standard New Zealand model that we have announced today.”


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