61 School charter

(1)

Every board must, for each school it administers, prepare and maintain a school charter.

(2)

The purpose of a school charter is to establish the mission, aims, objectives, directions, and targets of the board that will give effect to the Government’s national education guidelines and the board’s priorities, and provide a base against which the board’s actual performance can later be assessed.

(3)

A school charter must contain the following sections:

(a)

a section that includes—

(i)

the aim of developing, for the school, policies and practices that reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique position of the Maori culture; and

(ii)

the aim of ensuring that all reasonable steps are taken to provide instruction in tikanga Maori (Maori culture) and te reo Maori (the Maori language) for full-time students whose parents ask for it:

(b)

a long-term strategic planning section that—

(i)

establishes the board’s aims and purposes; and

(ii)

establishes for the next 3 to 5 years the board’s aims, objectives, directions, and priorities for intended student outcomes, the school’s performance, and use of resources; and

(iii)

includes any aims or objectives that designate the school’s special characteristics or its special character (within the meaning of this Act):

(c)

an annually updated section that—

(i)

establishes for the relevant year the board’s aims, directions, objectives, priorities, and targets relating to intended student outcomes, the school’s performance, and use of resources; and

(ii)

sets targets for the key activities and achievement of objectives for the year.

(4)

A school charter must include the board’s aims, objectives, directions, priorities, and targets in the following categories:

(a)

student achievement, including the assessment of students against any national standard published under section 60A(1)(ba):

(b)

the board’s activities aimed at meeting both general government policy objectives for all schools, being policy objectives set out or referred to in national education guidelines, and specific policy objectives applying to that school:

(c)

the management of the school’s and board’s capability, resources, assets, and liabilities, including its human resources, finances, property, and other ownership matters:

(d)

other matters of interest to the public that the Minister may determine.

(5)

A school charter must—

(a)

contain all annual or long-term plans the board is required to have or has prepared for its own purposes; or

(b)

contain a summary of each plan or a reference to it.

Section 61: replaced, on 25 October 2001, by section 14 of the Education Standards Act 2001 (2001 No 88).

Section 61(2): amended, on 25 January 2005, by section 200 of the Crown Entities Act 2004 (2004 No 115).

Section 61(4)(a): amended, on 17 December 2008, by section 9 of the Education (National Standards) Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 108).