Enabling educational success
New Zealand Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua offer parents a viable, high quality educational alternative to traditional state schools.
Meeting your child’s needs and aspirations
Since 2014, parents have been able to choose Partnership Schools that best meet their child’s needs and aspirations – at primary, intermediate and secondary school levels.
These schools are monitored by the Ministry of Education’s Education Review Office. They must meet strict performance standards set by the Ministry of Education, and are additionally monitored by the Government-appointed Authorisation Board.
Partnership Schools are not permitted to charge fees and are ‘open enrolment’ schools – first come, first served.
Partnership schools have been tasked with addressing the poor educational success for ‘priority learners’, specifically Maori, Pasifika, students from low income families and those with special needs and with supporting the Government’s technology initiatives in education through the introduction of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) schools. Partnership Schools have been provided the flexibility to apply fresh and innovative approaches to teaching and learning that better fit these groups of students. These freedoms are matched by extremely high levels of accountability.
With this model, schools can design the teaching, language, curriculum and organisational practices that work for their children. – Sir Toby Curtis
‘E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tō ao; ko to ringaringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā hei oranga mō tō tinana; ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga o ō tïpuna hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga. Ko tō wairua ki tō Atua, nāna nei ngā mea katoa.’
‘Grow tender shoot for the days of your world. Turn your hand to the tools of the Pākehā for the wellbeing of your body. Turn your heart to the treasures of your ancestors as a crown for your head. Give your soul unto God the author of all things.’
Sir Apirana Ngata
Introduction from the Chair
I am proud to be the chair of E Tipu e Rea and to be leading a group of governors who bring with them outstanding experience to this vital work. We hope to make a difference in the lives of young people by providing support and services to Partnership Schools in both their establishment and their operation.
Nga mihi nui.