Expectations and accountabilities

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The Partnership School | Kura Hourua concept has been designed to lift educational achievement among our most disadvantaged learners by allowing the establishment of schools with greater flexibility and freedom in how they are organised and managed in return for much stronger accountability for learning outcomes.

Partnership Schools are expected to:

  • focus on disadvantaged learners who struggle to succeed in the current system. In particular the schools must lift the educational achievement of Māori, Pasifika and special needs students and those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and they must demonstrate in their applications how they will achieve this
  • use the freedoms available in this model to lift the educational performance of these students through high-quality educational programmes and innovative approaches
  • and meet specified performance standards agreed with the Crown, including student academic performance
  • engage effectively with parents, family/whānau and communities  to support and contribute to the achievement of high educational outcomes for their children
  • partner with community and other organisations to strengthen and support their educational offering, and
  • have strong governance and organisational competence and capability, with the skills and experience  to ensure high-quality management of the school.