Special purpose units (activity centres, teen parent units, other)

Some school boards of trustees have units that have been set up for specific purposes, such as teen parent units and activity centres. Students from a number of schools may attend the unit for courses of varying length.

An example would be a unit that is off the school site but under the control of the school's board of trustees.

Special purpose units are staffed according to a special agreement, usually with specific approval of either the Ministry, or the Minister of Education.

How special purpose units are resourced

Teen parent unit (secondary/composite schools only)

Establishment By agreement of Minister of Education.
Unique Ministry number Yes.
Enrolment

For students unable to learn in the mainstream educational system because of pregnancy and child rearing responsibilities. They must be within age range to receive free education when first enrolled with the class, so regular and regular adult students. This is up to age 19 and ending on 1 January after their nineteenth birthday.

Where space permits, returning adult students may attend but must be enrolled on the host school’s roll.

March and July roll returns Eligible students up to a maximum on the supplementary form – not on the host school’s roll. Other attendees – returning adults and/or any other students above maximum roll only on host school’s roll.
Roll used for resourcing Approved maximum roll, subject to annual monitoring. Actual roll if well below maximum or there are concerns about validity.
Staffing entitlement One full-time teacher equivalent (FTTE) teacher and one management unit per 10 students.
Staffing notification Identified in host school's entitlement as attached unit.
Operational funding entitlement As for activity centre, at decile 1A.
Funding notification Separate entitlement and instalment notices, but relief and STAR funding on host school's entitlement.
Other resourcing -
Body responsible for governance, employment, reporting, resourcing, receiving payments Board of trustees of host school.
Enquiries — general Local Ministry office.
Enquiries — rolls Data Collection Unit (see supplementary roll return form).
Enquiries — resourcing Resourcing Division contact centre 04 463 8383.
Useful resources

Education Gazette 2 April 2001 (external link) – Notices – Board's Off-site Class or Use of Alternative Provider
Education circular 2004/1 – teen parent units (TPUs) attached to secondary schools

Activity centres (secondary/composite schools only)

Establishment By agreement of Minister of Education – no more to be established.
Unique Ministry number Yes.
Enrolment Consult the director of the individual centre about enrolment policy.
March and July roll returns On the roll of the former school or host school.
Roll used for resourcing Notional roll of 20: 10 in years 9–10, and 10 in years 11–15.
Staffing entitlement A full-time director with 2 salary units, plus a full-time base scale teaching position.
Staffing notification Identified in host school's entitlement as attached unit.
Operational funding entitlement Base funding at activity centre rate, decile-related at decile 1A, other components depend on roll/property/location.
Funding notification Separate entitlement and instalment notices, but relief and STAR funding included in host school's entitlement.
Other resourcing -
Body responsible for governance, employment, reporting, resourcing, receiving payments Board of trustees of host school.
Enquiries — general Local Ministry office.
Enquiries — rolls Data Collection Unit (see roll return form).
Enquiries — resourcing Resourcing Division contact centre 04 463 8383.
Useful resources Education Gazette 2 April 2001 (external link) – Notices – Board's Off-site Class or Use of Alternative Provider

Alternative education (secondary/composite schools only)

Establishment Lead school in consortium signs a memorandum of agreement with Ministry of Education, plus a contract with the provider.
Unique Ministry number No.
Enrolment Schools have an annual allocation for students aged 13–15 who are alienated from school. Students verified by the Ministry of Education.
March and July roll returns Separate column provided in returns. Enter on return of the school where the student is enrolled.
Roll used for resourcing Number of approved students.
Staffing entitlement N/A – not included in staffing entitlement.
Staffing notification N/A
Operational funding entitlement N/A – not included in operational funding entitlement.
Funding notification N/A
Other resourcing Funded for each student place through separate contract.
Body responsible for governance, employment, reporting, resourcing, receiving payments Board of trustees of responsible school.
Enquiries — general Local Ministry office.
Enquiries — rolls Data Collection Unit (see roll return form).
Enquiries — resourcing Early Childhood and Regional Education.
Useful resources Education Gazette 2 April 2001 (external link) – Notices – Board's Off-site Class or Use of Alternative Provider

Other official special purpose unit by ministerial agreement

Establishment By agreement of Minister/Ministry of Education.
Unique Ministry number Not usually.
Enrolment Depends on agreement; usually at discretion of the board of trustees.
March and July roll returns On roll of host school.
Roll used for resourcing Depends on agreement – actual or notional roll.
Staffing entitlement Depends on agreement.
Staffing notification Identified in host school's entitlement.
Operational funding entitlement Depends on agreement.
Funding notification Normally total appears on host school's instalment notices. Separate calculation may be sent.
Other resourcing -
Body responsible for governance, employment, reporting, resourcing, receiving payments Board of trustees of host school.
Enquiries — general Local Ministry office.
Enquiries — rolls Data Collection Unit (see roll return form) (external link)
Enquiries — resourcing Resourcing Division contact centre 04 463 8383.
Useful resources Education Gazette 2 April 2001 (external link) – Notices – Board's Off-site Class or Use of Alternative Provider

Other official special purpose unit by board decision

Establishment By decision of a board of trustees, but see Education Gazette notice of 2 April 2001. Resourcing is provided to the school that the student is enrolled at.
Unique Ministry number No.
Enrolment At board of trustees' discretion, but the board of trustees is responsible for the students. Resourcing is provided to the school where the student is enrolled.
March and July roll returns Included in host school roll.
Roll used for resourcing No separate roll.
Staffing entitlement Part of host school's entitlement.
Staffing notification No separate notification.
Operational funding entitlement Part of host school's entitlement.
Funding notification No separate notification.
Other resourcing N/A
Body responsible for governance, employment, reporting, resourcing, receiving payments Board of trustees of host school.
Enquiries — general Local office.
Enquiries — rolls N/A
Enquiries — resourcing N/A
Useful resources Education Gazette 2 April 2001 (external link) – Notices – Board's Off-site Class or Use of Alternative Provider

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