The following facts are quoted directly from the Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua (formerly the New Zealand Model of Charter School Working Group).
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Who can be a sponsor?
Sponsors can be from a range of backgrounds including businesses, philanthropists, iwi, community organisations, faith-based groups, private schools, and culture-based educational organisations.
They can be not-for-profit or for-profit.
What sorts of flexibilities do Partnership Schools/ Kura Hourua have?
The sponsors of Partnership Schools/ Kura Hourua have greater flexibility to make decisions around how they run their school to meet their school-level targets. This enables sponsors to use new and different approaches to teaching and learning, property and school organisation to better meet the needs of their students.
Partnership Schools/ Kura Hourua:
- are governed by the sponsor directly, or delegate or contract a person or body to carry out some or all of the governance functions
- can choose to include parents or community members in the governance arrangements
- can choose to use The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA), or use or develop their own curriculum framework than can be mapped to the principles of the NZC or TMoA
- must offer NCEA or an equivalent that is recognised by industry and tertiary providers in New Zealand
- can set their own length of school day and year
- can negotiate the percentage of registered teachers they employ as part of the contract
- can negotiate salary levels and employment conditions with employees
- can employ a chief executive (i.e. person responsible for day-to-day running of the school) who is not a registered teacher, but the person responsible for teaching and learning across the school must have a proven background in educational leadership
Do Partnership Schools/ Kura Hourua have greater flexibility than state and state-integrated schools over how they use their funding?
The sponsors of Partnership Schools/ Kura Hourua have more flexibility to make decisions about how they use government funding to meet their school-level targets.
Do the Ombudsmen and Official Information Act apply to Partnership Schools/ Kura Hourua?
These acts do not apply to Partnership Schools/ Kura Hourua as they are not Crown Entities.
– For the full FAQs page, see http://nzmcs.education.govt.nz/FAQs