Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell was delighted to visit North Fawdon Primary School this week to celebrate them becoming the first North East school to achieve Prem Aware status from the charity The Smallest Things.

Research from The Smallest Things highlights that in the average classroom two to three children will have been born prematurely – before 37 weeks. Some prematurely born children and their families require additional support and Prem Aware status recognises the work that North Fawdon Primary School have done to ensure that this is in place.

Catherine visited North Fawdon Primary School to hear about the additional training staff have undertaken and the information and support that they provide for prematurely born children and their families.

During the visit Janine Collins, Deputy Head Teacher at North Fawdon Primary School explained: “The awareness training raised our understanding of preterm birth, and the risk factors it can bring. It has enabled us to extend our knowledge and ensure we gain vital information about preterm birth history.

 “We use our knowledge to recognise needs early, support individuals and their families and encourage all pupils to achieve their very best.”

Following the visit Catherine commented: “Well done to North Fawdon Primary School on this important award.

 “I was delighted to visit the school and see first-hand the work that they are doing to give staff the skills and knowledge to support prematurely born children and their families.

 “It is fantastic that the school has been recognised by The Smallest Things and are leading the way in the North East.

 “I hope that other schools will follow North Fawdon Primary’s lead and achieve Prem Aware status.”