14 Aug New Partnership School application round opens

David Seymour, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education, has announced that a third Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua application round is now open, from today through to October 30.

“Partnership Schools show good progress, with achievement in reading, writing and mathematics either the same, or slightly above, that of decile 1, 2 and 3 primary schools. And, overall, NCEA achievement for Partnership Schools in Year 11 and for Level 2 in Year 12 is very high,” says Mr Seymour.

“Encouraging early results, and the ongoing demand from sponsors and communities to open more Partnership Schools, have seen Cabinet endorse a third round of applications,” says Mr Seymour.

“All applications with innovative options are welcome. But preference will be given to those making effective use of the model’s flexibilities, and who bring together effective education, community or business partnerships. Preference will also go to schools that have a focus on science, technology, engineering or maths,” says Mr Seymour.

Further to this, refinements have been made to the funding model and to the performance agreements for new Partnership Schools.

“The new model reduces establishment costs, and emphasises ‘per-student’ funding. When Partnership Schools reach maximum roll, they will receive funding broadly the same as the state school. Other changes will allow for establishment and operating issues to be dealt with more easily as they arise,” says Mr Seymour.

“These changes provide Partnership Schools with greater incentive to grow, strengthen accountability, ensure further efficiencies, and encourage sponsors to partner more with external parties, thus enhancing links between the schools and their communities.”

Nine Partnership Schools are currently operating. The Government expects that the third application round will see the new schools open in 2017.