Pregnant and parenting students

This page has information for parents of pregnant or parenting students and the support they will receive to continue their education.

If your child is pregnant or parenting and is of compulsory school age they must remain in school.

School support

If your child is pregnant or a parent talk to your child's teacher or a staff member at your child's school.

Your child's school will:

  • arrange a meeting to discuss your child's options to continue their education
  • discuss what your child wants to achieve and their career goals
  • discuss and develop a flexible learning plan for your child
  • give you a copy of the flexible learning plan for you and your child to sign
  • regularly review the plan with you to ensure it is meeting your child's goals.

if your child is currently not enrolled at a school, contact the school you would like your child to attend and arrange a meeting.

Flexible learning plan

A flexible learning plan is a signed agreement between you, your child, and your child's school.

Flexible learning may include any of the following:

  • flexible attendance, curriculum and participation at your child's school
  • a temporary exemption for your child from school
  • a graduated return to school for your child from maternity leave
  • adjusted school workload for your child
  • enrolment in the Northern Territory School of Distance Education to enable your child to work from home with your support
  • alternative education provision for your child.

Benefits of staying at school

If your child remains at school they can access to a range of health and wellbeing services.

The services may include any of the following:

  • school counsellors
  • school-based nurses
  • school chaplains
  • access to other government and external agencies providing services for pregnant and parenting students.


If you need further information talk to your child's teacher or principal.

Last updated: 14 July 2017

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