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A lifeline for schoolgirl mums


An innovative education centre in Scotland is determined to help teenage mothers complete education

Glasgow’s Young Parents' Support Base was set up three years ago as an ESF co-funded pilot project to help pupils who become pregnant while still at school. Since it opened its doors, the centre has helped 60 young women to stay on at school and complete their education. The girls drop their babies off at the nursery at 8.30am before joining classes at 8.50am.

They study subjects alongside their peers but space is built into their timetables for mum-and-baby playtime. They also have homework periods scheduled in so they can spend evenings with their children. Co-ordinator Deborah Blackhurst said: "Our main aim is to improve outcomes for young parents and for their children and to do this we need to keep young parents in education.