18 Jul Seymour announces fourth Partnership Schools application round

media statement

Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour has announced a fourth round of applications to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools). The fourth round will open in August, with successful Partnership Schools opening in 2018.

“The continuing growth of this policy reflects the achievement of the eight existing Partnership Schools, and the strong levels of interest educators and community leaders are showing in the Partnership Schools model and what it offers students and their families,” Mr Seymour says.

“In the latest application round we received 26 applications, which easily exceeded the available funding. I expect a high number of applications in round four as well.”

All innovative proposals are welcome. However, preference will be given to proposals that:

  • make effective use of the model’s flexibilities
  • offer innovative solutions for 0-8 year olds
  • are large enough to be comfortably viable
  • target students who are not well served by the education system
  • bring together effective education, community or business partnerships
  • have a focus on science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM)
  • are not existing private schools seeking to convert to a Partnership School

Interested parties can email partnership.schools@education.govt.nz and they will be notified when the application round opens.

Applicants will also be able to access support from E Tipu E Rea (www.etipuerea.org), an independent charity currently being established to support new, existing, and prospective Partnership Schools.

The current application round, for schools opening in 2017, is still underway. The outcome of this application round will be announced in due course.

Media contact: Louis Houlbrooke 04 817 9561 / 021 950 191