The legislation required for Partnership Schools to operate was introduced to Parliament last year.
It is in the final stages of the submission process where all New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, and organisations are able to have their say at Parliament. You are invited to make a written and, if you choose, oral submission to the Education and Science Select Committee.
If you have or your organisation has an interest in the Partnership School concept, then the Select Committee stage is the time to be heard.
In case you have not made a submission before, we have assembled a list of frequently asked questions that may be helpful for making a submission:
You have until January 24th 2012 to do so!
Why should I support Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua?
One in five students currently leave school without a basic qualification. The majority of these students are Māori and Pasifika learners. The economic and social cost of this is high.
A poor education impacts negatively on students’ career prospects, their self-esteem and their view of society. Partnership Schools are focused on raising achievement of our most disadvantaged students.
A one size fits all education system is not in the best interest of our children. Every child learns differently and it is important to have diversity in the education system so that we better cater to students’ needs. Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua will provide more choice and competition in the education sector, including a greater role for the private sector.
Flexibility and innovation in education is important, especially if we want to maintain our world leader status in education. Partnership Schools will educate students in new and exciting ways that are better suited to their learning styles.
Greater flexibility is being given to Partnership Schools in return for higher outcome accountability via a fixed term contract with the Crown. The Crown’s ability to decide not to renew, or to revoke, a sponsor’s contract if they are not meeting performance targets is a key accountability feature.
Experience counts and Partnership Schools will be able to take advantage of that. They can negotiate with the Ministry to utilise the services of qualified individuals with years of experience in a sector (for example a qualified chartered accountant) who have a passion and willingness to teach, but do not hold registration with the Teachers’ Council, provided they pass the appropriate background checks.
Partnership Schools will provide curriculum tailored to meet the needs of their students and the community. Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua will deliver The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) or they can use or develop an alternative curriculum framework which must be mapped to the principles of the NZC or TMoA.
What is the Select Committee?
A Select Committee is a group of around 10 MPs whose job it is to consider public input on new laws as they are being made. It has the ability to make changes to a bill before it becomes law. In this case it is the Education and Science Select Committee that is responsible for hearing public input no the Education Amendment Bill (2012).
When do I submit?
ASAP! Written submissions close on January 24th.
If you indicate that you would like to appear in person then the Committee may call you after the date.
How do I submit?
As submissions close on January 24th 2012, the best way to do so is to upload an electronic document here (Once you have clicked on the link please scroll to bottom of the page)
What Should I Submit?
There is no set format for a select committee submission, however a good submission should allow the reader to see the following information easily (remember, they may have to read many so it pays to present clearly)
Which Committee you wish to submit to (Education and Science)
Which bill you wish to submit on (Education Amendment Act 2012)
Who is making the submission, and if the submission is on behalf of an organisation, how many people does it represent, how have you consulted them?
Do you wish to appear in person and make an oral submission? (This will likely involve traveling to Wellington however the committee may travel to hear oral submissions in other cities if there are a number of submissions from elsewhere)
Do you support or oppose the bill?
Do you have comments about specific clauses of the bill? (the actual bill can be downloaded here)
What are your final recommendations (remember the Committee can recommend that the Bill proceeds, does not proceed, or proceeds with changes)
The Select Committee stage is an important part of making new laws.
We hope you or your organisation will consider participating by making a written submission and perhaps speaking to it in person.