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Becoming a parent: How to tell your students

A primary school teacher and a curriculum leader in secondary offer their advice on sharing your good news with your pupils

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My first baby was due in October and my maternity leave started after the summer holidays, so the class I was teaching at the time were completely unaffected.

My headteacher was happy for me to decide when I wanted to tell the children, and I waited until 25 weeks for a number of reasons. The main one was that this was the stage that I felt most comfortable sharing my news with more people.

I was really excited about telling the children and it ended up being rather amusing. They were excited, but also surprised as they just thought I’d “got a bit fat”.

The second time I was ...

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