Education for teenage parents

Information on what would happen to a school girls education if they became pregnant, support that is available and how it is requested.

If a school age girl became pregnant, what would happen to her education?

The education welfare service accepts referrals from schools or services, once consent has been obtained, or a self-referral from either the girl or her family.

The education welfare service will work with the girl, her family and the educational establishment to ensure that she receives continued education throughout her pregnancy and provide advice and guidance on any other agency that needs to be involved.

What support is available for pregnant school girls and young mothers?

The home tuition service provides support for pregnant schoolgirls and young mothers in the same way as it does for children with medical needs. However, girls are encouraged to remain at school for as long as they can as tuition is not generally provided until around the seventh month of pregnancy. Some continue to study in school beyond this point. 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 but attendance is tailored to fit individual circumstances and, for most pupils, will involve a gradual reintroduction to school to allow both mother and baby to adjust.

How should support for pregnant school girls and young mothers be requested?

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. The education welfare officer for teenage pregnancy will 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.

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