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Charter (or Partnership) Schools – Some Facts

The following facts are quoted directly from the Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua (formerly the New Zealand Model of Charter School Working Group).

Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts on what you read…

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.

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