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Coventry students given lesson on challenges of teenage pregnancy amid national campaign

Felix Nobes 12th May, 2019

COVENTRY students were given a sobering reminder of the challenges of teenage pregnancy as part of a national campaign.

Year 10 students at Grace Academy Coventry heard from mothers who became pregnant during their teenage years.

The mums told the children to make sensible sexual choices because a teenage pregnancy can have a lasting impact.

Teen mum Che Maclaren from ‘Straight Talking’ – a national education programme that helps young people understand the true picture of early parenthood – said: “Many people think that if you have a baby in your teenage years, you just get handed a flat, but it is a lot more difficult than that.

“We advise students to think carefully about the decisions they make that could impact on the rest of their lives.

“We go through how much it really costs to set themselves up as a parent, the difficulties of finding a job with a baby, and what it’s really like to look after a baby.”

The visit was part of a ‘Building Healthy Relationships’ day to help students make healthy choices about relationships in line with government plans to introduce statutory relationships and sexual education for all schools by 2020.

During the day, students also learned about the impact on their bodies of alcohol and substance abuse through a humorous and engaging drama by Loudmouth, a theatre in education company.

Actor Rupam Lal, who took part in the ‘One2Many’ play, said: “It’s all about raising awareness and showing students where they can go for help.

“Using theatre is a great way to raise awareness of these subjects and the workshops afterwards give students a voice, space to ask questions and share their thoughts.”

After the event, year 10 student Michael Richardson commented: “It made me really think how little we know about what is in the drugs, and how easy it is to get addicted to drugs.

“I thought the talk about teenage pregnancy was also good, especially when one of the mums told the story of how she had to stay in a bad area, and the struggles involved in not expecting to have a child without the money to look after them.

“That did grab my attention.”

Assistant principal Kim Catling added: “Grace Academy is 100 per cent committed to the development of our students, both academically, but also in their physical, social and emotional wellbeing.”

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