HOWZTHAT1 DELIVERS DRUGS EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL TRAINING.
Drug Education in schools.
I believe that every young person should have access to good, quality drugs education. Discovering that a loved one uses drugs or has an alcohol problem can be shocking, scary and stressful. Many family members know little about drugs or about alcohol dependency, and many hesitate to seek out this information, not wanting to associate themselves with issues that can be stigmatised, misunderstood and scary. Stress, anxiety and feeling out of control for sustained periods can cause mental and even physical health problems for families, which further contribute to the stress and difficulty of coping. We have all seen media representations of those who struggle with these issues which can often be prejudiced and judgmental.
Drugs and Alcohol education is a statutory part of the science curriculum for schools in England and this could be built on through the PSHE curriculum, although 95% of primary schools and 97% of secondary schools reported that they deliver some sort of alcohol and drug education. There is a continued widespread lack of consistency - both in terms of quality and provision in delivering alcohol and drug education in both primary and secondary schools. By building pupils' resilience, values and skills around drugs and alcohol, teachers can help young people to develop the life skills to enter adulthood healthy and avoiding harms.
WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER:
Innovative, interactive and bespoke drug and alcohol workshops.
We can attend all youth provisions such as schools, colleges or youth centres.
We can facilitate drug and alcohol assemblies for year 6 to year 13's.
We can facilitate various training sessions such as a basic drugs and alcohol awareness training for both professionals and parents.
Consultancy on developing your drug policies.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG EDUCATION IN 2017
Improvements in PSHE provision, especially alcohol and drug education, are essential to ensuring students’ academic, personal and social wellbeing is supported. A recent research which was carried out by Angela Milliken-Tull MEd MSc FRSPH and Rebecca McDonnell BA(Hons) on behalf of Mentor-ADEPIS in 2017 brought up key findings such as:
95% of primary schools and 97% of secondary schools reported that they deliver some alcohol and drug education.
There is a continued widespread lack of consistency in the delivery of alcohol and drug education in both primary and secondary schools.
CPD for alcohol and drug education is too often not easily accessible locally for schools. 80% of teachers don’t know if their local authority can provide high quality CPD for alcohol and drug education; 70% feel the same about CPD for PSHE more broadly.
Time constraints in secondary school, particularly at Key Stage 4, frequently eliminate any alcohol and drug education.
There is a need to use misconceptions about alcohol and drug use within the learning environment to dispel myths, challenge views and develop pro-health social norms, based on accurate local data.
What Mentor-ADEPIS learned:
Young people echo teachers’ concerns over the lack of resources, as well as a lack of provision around the connections between alcohol and drug education, mental health and other aspects of PSHE. Young people also report that they want to be more involved in the planning of their alcohol and drug education and to receive input that is relevant to them, including normative education that dispels the myths surrounding drugs and alcohol.
Mon - Fri: 8.45am - 4.30pm
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