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Teen parent units

A teen parent unit (TPU) is an educational unit, attached to an established state or state integrated secondary school.

TPUs provide a tailored secondary education, unique to the individual needs of students which will lead to increased engagement and achievement in education, as well as successful transitions to further education or employment. 

TPUs have an affiliated Early Childhood Education (ECE) service either onsite or close by which caters for the children of teen parents.

TPUs operate as a separate department within the school.

  • The board of trustees of the governing school (the Board) is responsible for managing all aspects of the TPU including employment, reporting and resourcing.  The Board signs a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry that outlines the roles and responsibilities of all parties in operating a TPU.  

Target student group

A student is eligible to enrol at the governing school of a TPU and be included on the TPU roll if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. they are pregnant or are a parent;
  2. they are a primary caregiver; and
  3. they are of an eligible age to receive free education (i.e. before 1 January following their 19th birthday in accordance with Section Three of the Education Act 1989).


Operational funding for the TPU is paid directly to the governing school. The amount of funding provided is based on the approved maximum roll of the TPU, at a Decile 1A rate.

Staffing and management units are also provided which allows the Board of the governing school to employ registered teachers to staff the TPU at a 1:10 ratio.  


An Individual learning programme (ILP) is developed in collaboration with each student and/or whanau when they first enrol in the TPU. The ILP includes educational, wellbeing and transition goals for the student and is used to inform the day to day learning programme.

Monitoring and reporting 

Excel 2007 icon. TPU 2017 mid-year report (Excel 2007 24 KB)

There is a requirement under the TPU MoU to report on outcomes and student achievement to ensure accountability for public funds. To be completed by managing school.

More information

The TPU operational guidelines  provide practical information on the Ministry’s policies related to running a TPU, including information on enrolment, attendance, resourcing, property, and the ECE service.

The TPU outcome framework  is a tool for TPU teachers and leadership staff which sets out the key outcomes and indicators of best practice in TPUs.

For further queries you can email TPU.enquiries@education.govt.nz

Teen parent units

He Mataariki School for Teen Parents Mangakahia Area School
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He Wero o nga Wahine Henderson High School
Eden Campus Auckland Girls’ Grammar
Clendon Teen Parent Unit James Cook High School
North Shore (being built) Glenfield College
Fraser High School TPU Fraser High School
Pa Harakeke Teen Parent Unit- Tokoroa High School
Rotorua School for Young Parents Rotorua Girls' High School
Te Whakatipuranga Otumoetai College
Whakatane Whakatane High School
Te Tari Ako Matua Taiohi Teen Parent Education Centre/ Kawerau TPU Tarawera High School
Hawke's Bay School for Teenage Parents William Colenso College
Te Whare Whai Hua Teenage Parent Centre Lytton High School
Flaxmere Teen Parent Unit Flaxmere College
Whaimana Ako Second Chance- Stratford College
Whakatipuria Teen Parent Unit Freyberg High School
He Whare Poipoia Waiopehu College
Titiro Whakamua Heretaunga College
He Huarahi Tamariki Wellington East Girls' College
Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit Makoura College
Nelson Teen Parent Unit Nelson College for Girls
Karanga Mai Young Parents College Kaiapoi High School
Kimihia Parents' College Linwood College
Murihiku Young Parents  Learning Centre James Hargest College