Educational outcomes following preterm birth

2. Special Educational Needs

Children born preterm are more likely than children born at term to have Special Educational Needs (SEN). The more preterm a baby is born, the greater the risk they will have SEN later in life.

This graph shows the percentage of children in primary and secondary schools in Scotland who have SEN, in relation to their gestational age at birth. SEN is defined here as a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision. This includes learning disabilities as well as physical disabilities that may impact on learning. Select the graph to hear more about these rates of SEN following preterm birth.

Play the video for an interpretation of the graph