Cheryl Wilson, 17, was among those using the facilities at the Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh was helping. Despite having a baby who will be two in the summer, she regularly attends classes and is adamant she will not be stuck in a dead-end job or be dependent on benefits. In Dundee, close to a secondary school, a large detached house is used to help teenage mothers continue their education. Some are as young as 13.
In England there has been a marked increase in special units outside schools designed to allow teenage mothers continue with education. And last week the DfEE welcomed the idea of in-school creches.