Fostering the establishment of high-quality, state-funded partnership schools that enable all their students to enjoy and achieve academic success.

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.

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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.

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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.

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