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The successful inclusion of pregnant and mothering students in New Zealand schools

Shona Waterhouse

Currently it is not mandatory for New Zealand high schools to have written policies on how they will respond to their pregnant and mothering students, despite education being a crucial factor in the later success of young mothers. This article explores existing barriers to, and supports for, pregnant and mothering students’ schooling engagement. Interviews with four guidance counsellors and five young mothers from New Zealand urban centres revealed how unwritten school policies and staff practices can support or hinder pregnant and mothering students’ ability to remain in New Zealand high schools and succeed academically.

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