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Curtin University of Technology
Twins and Multiples

The School Years

Time spent at school is an important part of everyone's life. However, school is only part of the larger picture of development and the time of most rapid development has already happened in the period from birth to preschool.

For multiple birth children, the presence of their co-multiple(s) may bring additional challenges, often starting with the question of whether it is better to keep them in the same class or to separate them. It is important to remember that there are other educational issues to consider such as the ability and progress of multiples relative to each other as well as to other children. Adolescence and secondary school bring additional challenges to the multiple birth family as the young people become independent and develop separate interests and aspirations.

There is information in this section for parents, educational professionals and for adolescent multiples. We hope to shape and influence school policy and have therefore provided a section on best practice with a framework school policy.

The information for this section has been put together using the following resources: