Drug Education

Good drug education is supported by a consistent, whole school approach and it is more effective when delivered as part of a comprehensive PSHE Programme. It is part of the entitlement for all children and young people, whatever their age, level of development or social, cultural or religious background.

Drug education forms a significant strand within Health Education, which will become statutory in all schools in September 2020.

Drug education is an important component in the wider area of risk education. Giving information about drugs alone will have a minimal impact on children and young people’s abilities to keep themselves safe with drugs. Good drug education will address issues of peer and media influence and will explore different responses to risk and challenge, develop assertiveness, improve communication with peers and adults and enable them to reflect on the factors that influence their decisions.

We offer a range of resources to support the development of Drug Education in schools:

Primary Personal Development Programme 

The Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme will enable your school to develop and implement a complete PSHE and Citizenship programme from EYFS to Y6. It will support you in delivering Relationships Education and Health Education, which become statutory in September 2020. It provides all the resources for a high quality teaching programme, revisiting topics at 4 levels of learning for different age groups, through 66 interactive units of work. Teachers can also access guidance on a range of teaching methodologies and assessment materials. The programme includes toolkits with up to date materials for reviewing and developing policies, which will support the promotion of wellbeing across your school. PSHE leaders will be able to download all resources from our dedicated, regularly updated website. This resources is accredited by the PSHE Association.

 Primary Drug Themeset  is a package designed to support primary schools in developing drug education provision and also to review and develop policy and practice. It provides support in working with parents /carers and other members of the community.

Life Education Centres provides interactive on site provision for drugs and health education, delivered by highly skilled educators who will assist you in devising a programme to support your drug education and PSHE curriculum.

CPD for Staff is available to meet your needs in building teacher confidence or support you with developing policy and practice.

Drug Education Course is available annually – see course flyer.

Parents Drugs Awareness Sessions are available to support you in developing policy or raising awareness with your parent/carer body and the wider community.

We offer a range of resources to support this area in secondary schools:

Secondary Wellbeing Frameworks for PSHE All of our materials for PSHE and Citizenship are based on a series of Wellbeing Frameworks which provide a developmental overview of all areas of learning. These frameworks build on national guidance for PSHE, identifying key areas of learning across the school curriculum.

ACPO and DFE Guidance 2013 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drugs-advice-for-schools

Principles for Good Drug Education http://mentor-adepis.org/the-principles-of-good-drug-education/  

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Email: pshe@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01480 376256