Charter Schools Policy Development

Partnership schools kura hourua (charter schools) are a type of school in our education system which involves the business sector and community groups in the provision of education.

The Government’s policy is to remove the charter school model from the education system, and all existing charter schools have applied to become part of the wider state school system.  Decisions on these applications are expected by the end of July 2018.

The Confidence and Supply Agreement signed by the National and ACT Parties in December 2011 agreed to pilot a model of charter schools during the 50th parliamentary term (ended in August 2014).

The Confidence and Supply Agreement signed by the National and ACT Parties in September 2014 agreed to further develop the model and expand the trial of Partnership Schools, for the purpose of improving educational outcomes for priority students. This includes maintaining the momentum and continuity of the initiative by strengthening and enhancing the application and governance processes in order to foster high quality applications and high-performing schools.

Documents are available in PDF format only. If you have any issues accessing the documents please email info@education.govt.nz.

Ongoing policy development

Policy development has continued since the original implementation of the Charter School model. 

Establishment of a Support Entity for Partnership Schools

Martin Jenkins Evaluation 2014 - 2017

Phase 1 report is on the Education Counts website (external link) .
Phase 2 report is on the Education Counts website (external link) .

Phase 3 report is on the Education Counts website (external link) .

Funding model and contract review 2015

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