Project to provide vital maths support for teenagers born very prematurely

An award-winning research team led by Dr Samantha Johnson (pictured) from the Department of Health Sciences is developing a web-based e-learning programme to help teenagers who were born very prematurely with vital maths skills.

The unique resource will be used by teachers to support children’s learning - and as one in every 50 babies is born before 32 weeks of pregnancy, almost all teachers will be responsible for supporting children who were born very early.

Dr Johnson said: “We will use the information gained in this research to develop a web-based, e-learning programme that shows teachers how best to support premature children’s learning, especially in maths. In earlier work, we found that over 90 per cent of teachers in the UK wanted this sort of support. We hope to enable teachers to help all premature children to achieve their full potential.”

The three year study, funded by children’s charity Action Medical Research, has now begun.

For more information on research to help premature babies and children with learning difficulties funded by Action Medical Research, visit the website.

Further information about the PRISM study can be found on the website here.