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.
Related information from NHS Choices
Am I pregnant?
If you're a girl and you have unprotected sex (without contraception) with a boy, you could get pregnant. For more information and advice, see the Am I pregnant?page from NHS Choices.
Doing a pregnancy test
A pregnancy test is the only way to know for sure whether you're pregnant. But when should you take a pregnancy test? And what do the results mean? Find out more information from the Doing a pregnancy testpage from NHS Choices.
Help and advice for teenagers
If you are a teenager, there is a wide range of services to support you when you are pregnant and after you've had your baby. If you're pregnant on your own, it's even more important that there are people with whom you can share your feelings and who can offer you support. For more information, see the Help and advice for teenagerspage from NHS Choices.
Sex and young people
Are you ready for sex? Where can you get contraception or free condoms? Is your body normal? What should you do if a condom splits? And what about infections? Find answers to these questions, and more, using the Sex and young people page from NHS Choices.
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