Four new Partnership Schools are set to open in 2019, the Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour announced today.
These schools will join 10 existing Partnership Schools, plus the two set to open next year. The growth of the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua policy has been significant,” says Mr Seymour. “When I started as Under-Secretary there were just five Partnership Schools. Soon there will be 16, teaching students from Whangarei to Christchurch.
One of the new schools, City Senior School, is focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a reflection of recent changes to the policy to allow for STEM schools, in addition to the existing priority-learner focused application pathway.
“STEM subjects are vital to improving economic and social outcomes for New Zealanders, and help address labour market needs and foster innovation,” says Mr Seymour.
“Partnership Schools are well-placed to provide STEM-focused education because of their high-degree of flexibility. For example, they can hire scientists and other STEM experts, and have flexibility in setting remuneration for STEM teachers.”
The other three schools approved in this round continue the existing Partnership School focus on students that are being underserved by the state system.
Two of the applicants, Vanguard Military School and MUMA, already operate successful Partnership Schools in Auckland.
“It is really pleasing to see Vanguard looking to replicate their model in Christchurch,” says Mr Seymour. “This shows how the Partnership School policy doesn’t just foster innovation, but allows for the expansion of successful education approaches.”
The four new schools that will open in 2019 are:
The successful sponsors offer fresh, innovative ways of improving student achievement and are respected leaders in educational, charitable, and business sectors.
Existing Partnership Schools have been successful in offering educational alternatives to students underserved by the state system. There are currently approximately 1,200 students attending Partnership Schools across New Zealand.
The Under Secretary announced the intention to open a fifth procurement round in August 2016. This application round opened in February 2017.
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