14 Aug Authorisation Board welcomes third round of Partnership Schools applications

The commencement of the latest application round for Partnership Schools has been welcomed by Catherine Isaac, Chair of The Partnership Schools Authorisation Board.

The Government has today invited applications from organisations interested in setting up new schools, with the expectation that they will open in 2017.

“We are looking forward to receiving a range of high quality applications from innovative educators working in partnership with the business or community sectors,” says Ms Isaac.

“The Partnership Schools model allows freedom to explore new ways of engaging with students, in return for stronger accountability for producing results. We expect applications showing strong educational offerings and real understanding of the academic performance standards required in this model.”

“We also welcome the government’s additional interest in schools with a focus on science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).”

“Today, we launch the official Partnership Schools Authorisation Board website. This will serve as an information hub for potential applicants as well as the general public.”

“The website will include a subscribe feature so people can receive updates on a series of information forums that will be held in areas where there is interest in the policy.”

The Partnership Schools Authorisation Board brings together experts on education, business and community development to provide advice to the Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata on which schools she should consider for contract negotiations. The board also has overall responsibility for monitoring the educational performance of the schools.