Roles and responsibilities

The base school's board of trustees, to which the teen parent unit is attached, has specific responsibilities. 

The base school

The TPU (teen parent unit) is an attached unit of a base secondary school. The base school is the legal entity for governance, management and resourcing of the TPU. The base school signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the board and the Ministry of Education which outlines its responsibilities. It has all employer responsibilities – including the performance management of the TPU staff.

Note. The TPU is not always located on the site of the base school. Where a TPU is accommodated on another school site, this is known as the ‘host’ school.

TPU management committee

A management committee may assist the base school to support the management of a TPU. Representation on the management committee may include:

  • base school board and management representatives eg. teacher in charge
  • other relevant agencies
  • an iwi representative
  • a member of any associated trust with the TPU
  • ECE service provider representative.

Teacher in charge

The TPU's teacher in charge will:

  • develop learning and teaching programmes to meet the needs of each student assisted by other staff in the TPU
  • be responsible for the daily management of the TPU
  • report on student attendance and achievement
  • other duties as delegated by the board of the base school.

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Industrial advice and support

The base school should refer to an NZSTA industrial advisor for any advice and support relating to its employer responsibilities. For example, job descriptions, performance management issues. Information can also be found on their website

Role of the base school

The base school's board of trustees is accountable to parents and caregivers, their local communities, the Minister, the Ministry of Education, other government agencies and the public for the teen parent unit's performance.

The board of trustees, is responsible for setting the strategic and policy direction for the whole school - this includes the TPU.

The TPU therefore does not require its own separate charter. The TPU’s goals and aspirations will be reflected in the base school’s charter documentation.

Charter documentation

The base school’s charter will include goals to address the education priorities determined by the school’s strategic and annual planning and student achievement targets.

The strategic and annual plans will outline the school’s education priorities, professional development needs, reporting timeframes, accountabilities and budgeting priorities (including the TPU).

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Role of teacher in charge

The TPU's teacher in charge will work with the base school’s management team to ensure that the students' educational needs are identified and met within the expectations of the school’s charter.

Regular analysis of student achievement data collated by the TPU staff will be provided to the board to determine progress against the base school's annual plan and student achievement targets.

TPU management expectations

The TPU's teacher in charge, supported by the base school senior management team, will ensure documentation is in place to support teachers to deliver the National Curriculum.

The senior managers work as a team consulting with staff on the quality, development and implementation of the curriculum.

Quality assurance and review of programme delivery are integral to the senior management operations.


Effective documents for TPU’s may include practices and procedures for:

  • assessment and planning
  • enrolment and attendance
  • career guidance and pastoral care
  • Information technology communication (ICT
  • physical and emotional safety of staff and students
  • emergency planning
  • attendance at off-site programmes
  • working to improve the educational success of Māori and Pasifika students
  • identifying and addressing individualised learning needs
  • inter-agency collaboration (ie social services)
  • reporting to students and their parents on students individual achievement
  • reporting to the school's community on the achievement of students as a whole.

Content last updated: 20 April 2010