Students and parents will be offered greater choice in education as a result of Budget 2016’s funding for around seven new Partnership Schools|Kura Hourua, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour says.
The schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017.
“The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says.
“Last year, for example, we received 26 applications, well in excess of the funding available.
“The new schools will empower community leaders to have a proactive role in educating students. They create new and innovative options so that every child can reach their full potential in New Zealand’s education system.
“We look forward to seeing a range of new educational approaches coming out of these schools.
“As is the case with all Partnership Schools, learning outcomes will be closely monitored by the Ministry of Education and the Partnership School Authorisation Board, and reported on publicly. This ensures strong accountability to the communities these schools serve.
“The exact number of new schools to open will depend on the quality of the proposals received.”
Funding has been put aside in a contingency to establish these schools. They are expected to open in 2018 and 2019.
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