Educational outcomes following preterm birth

3. School attainment

On average, children born preterm have lower levels of academic attainment than children who were born at term. Just as is the case with SEN, the more preterm a baby is born the greater the likelihood they will have difficulties with learning later in life, and the poorer their academic attainment is likely to be. As a group, children born preterm have lower attainment across all national curriculum subjects, but they are most likely to have difficulties with mathematics.

Preterm children's difficulties can be seen from the early years through the whole of primary and secondary education. The graph on this page shows how attainment at age 5 is related to gestational age at birth.

Play the video for an interpretation of the graph