Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua are an opportunity for communities, iwi, philanthropists and business organisations to partner with educators to raise achievement among Māori, Pasifika, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and students with special education needs. The schools contract with the Government to meet specified, rigorous educational standards in return for freedom to innovate to do so.
Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua are expected to meet a range of minimum requirements and specified performance standards. The schools must report quarterly and annually on these requirements and standards. Performance standards are grouped into four categories: student achievement, student engagement, financial performance and targeting priority learners.
We encourage applications from educators, community organisations, businesses, iwi, faith-based and culture-based groups. Sponsors may need to provide or secure additional funding to deliver on the school’s vision and mission. We set high academic and capability standards, and apply a rigorous evaluation process to applications.