Good evening, this is your Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education speaking

David Seymour at Vanguard Military School-PHOTO Vanguard FB page

David Seymour at Vanguard Military School-PHOTO Vanguard FB page

By any objective measure, partnership schools have been a success for this government, and ACT specifically.  And now more could be on the way

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

One of the major successes of this government has been to focus on education and employment, thereby allowing those successes to snowball as reliance on government is reduced along the way.

Not every solution is suitable for everyone, and charter schools have been a jewel in the crown for children who have been unable to flourish in state schools.

One of the awesome advantages of this approach is that the results are measurable, and the successes undeniable.



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