Helen Amass

TES talks to… Sue Fletcher-Watson

Premature birth can have a big effect on the educational experience of a child, the developmental psychologist tells Helen Amass. But finding a way to address any potential problems in the classroom is, she says, very complex

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Sue Fletcher-Watson is choosing her words carefully. The developmental psychologist is talking about whether children who are born prematurely would benefit from the school being told of the fact. It is a tricky issue: on the one hand, you don’t want to label a child unnecessarily, but on the other, such a label might help those preterm babies who struggle at school to get the support they need.

“It would mean these children would get identified more quickly and could be referred for the extra help they need,” she explains. “But this might also just a) stigmatise those kids unfairly, or b) put ...

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