Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua are state-funded, independently operated schools. Schools established as a result of Rounds 1-4 are focused on delivering improved learner success for Priority Learners (Maori, Pasifika, Decile 1-3, special needs).
Round 5 of invitations for parties interested in establishing Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua to submit Expressions of Interest were provided with the option of establishing either a school based on Priority Learners or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) school, noting that these need not be mutually exclusive.
Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua are provided with comparatively have high levels of regulatory freedom in terms of how their students are taught and how their schools are organised. In return for this freedom, there is a high level of accountability regarding student engagement, the attainment levels of their students, and in the case of Priority Learner schools the percentage of priority students they have on their roll.These groups, on average, have traditionally under-achieved in education compared to their peers.
The model for these schools, which was enacted as part of the Education Amendment Act 2013, drew on the successful features of similar ‘charter school’ models already established in the US, the UK and Sweden, as well as other countries around the world.
Partnership Schools have an obligation to focus on providing high quality education for the Government’s priority learner groups: Māori, Pasifika, learners from low socio-economic backgrounds and learners with special education needs, or STEM school outcomes.
The model encourages partnership between educators, communities and businesses to set up new primary or secondary schools in areas where there is limited choice of high quality schools for priority learners.
Current Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua
There are currently ten Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (PSKH) operating in New Zealand all of which are focused on achieving learner success for Priority Learners.
|Partnership School | Kura Hourua||Opened||Level|
|Vanguard Military Academy||2014||Y11 – Y13|
|Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei Terenga Paraoa||2014||Y7 – Y13|
|South Auckland Middle School||2014||Y 7- Y10|
|Rise Up Academy||2014||Y1 – Y8|
|Te Kāpehu Whetū (Teina)||2015||Y1 – Y6|
|Middle School West Auckland||2015||Y 7- Y10|
|Pacific Advance Senior School||2015||Y11 – Y13|
|Te Kura Maori o Waatea||2015||Y1 – Y8|
|Te Aratika Academy (Napier)||2017||Y11 – Y13|
|Te Kopuku High School (Hamilton)||2017||Y7 – Y13|
The above schools all came out of Rounds 1-3 of applications. The results of Round 4 are in the process of being confirmed, and Expressions of Interest for Round 5 schools (opening in 2019) close on 03 March 2017.