Pregnant schoolgirls and teenage parents are encouraged to remain at school for as long as they can and home tuition is provided during statutory maternity leave. Once a tutor has been allocated tuition takes place at home and pupils continue to work towards their GCSE examinations.
Young mothers are expected to return to school once they are fit to do so, attendance can be tailored to fit individual circumstances and, for most pupils, will involve a reintegration to school to allow both mother and baby to adjust.
Schools are asked to inform the education welfare service as soon as they become aware that there is a girl on their roll who might require support. An education welfare officer will work with the school to undertake an assessment and act as a link with the home tuition service.
Parents of girls who require support are asked to contact the service via the school where they are enrolled.
Support may also be available for school-age fathers, so speak to your school in the first instance.