Why we have Charters

Schools have been required to have charters since the Tomorrow’s Schools reforms of 1989. Originally much charter content was prescribed but there is now more flexibility as well as a greater emphasis on student progress and achievement. The charter is a key document in each school’s planning and review cycle.

The preparation and maintenance of the charter is key to the governance role and strategic leadership of the board of trustees. It is essentially a shared document for the community, board, staff and stakeholders that outlines the board’s aims, objectives, directions, priorities and student improvement targets.

The charter is a crucial part of the framework within which the principal has complete discretion to manage the school (Education Act 1989 Sec 76). In this sense, the charter is the board’s number one policy statement. It sets the direction for the school and identifies the priorities that the board expects the principal to be leading. The aim is for it to be a “living” document.

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