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School - teenage pregnancy
England has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Western Europe. Although teenage pregnancy rates in North Yorkshire are lower than the national average there are areas in North Yorkshire where rates are above the national average.
Schools should work with the Local Authority to provide appropriate support for the pupil during pregnancy and after the baby is born. This should be directed to keeping the pupil in education wherever possible, and to return to full-time education as soon as possible after the birth, with appropriate childcare support. Pregnancy is not a reason for exclusion from school. Health and safety should not be used as a reason to prevent a pregnant pupil attending school.
No more than 18 calendar weeks authorised absence period is allowed to cover the period immediately before and after the birth of the child. Absence for ante-natal classes, and if the baby is ill, should be classified as 'authorised'.
The education of school aged parents is normally supported through the school. However if alternative education is considered more appropriate then a young person can be referred to the behaviour Collaborative by the school.
To enable a young person to return to school, funding for free childcare is available through Care to Learn. Young parents over the age of 16 are also entitled to the full Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). These funds are not means tested for young parents.
Teenage pregnancy - frequently asked questions