Advice for school governors

Information, guidance and resources for school governors and other leaders.


A strong school alcohol and drug policy helps support pupils’ wellbeing, behaviour and safety.

What governors need to know

This presentation for governors, produced with funding from the Department for Education, explains how to ensure that schools are doing what they need to in order to:

  • be sure that the school can manage alcohol and drug incidents with confidence and consistency;
  • deliver high quality PSHE education that makes a clear contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
  • demonstrate to Ofsted that the behaviour and safety of pupils is ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and they understand how to manage risks;
  • fullfil the school’s statutory duty to promote all pupils’ wellbeing, including for those who are at risk from their own substance use or that of someone in their family.

What works for schools

Mentor has drawn on years of research and experience to produce advice regarding effective prevention in schools.

Click the button below to read more about what we know, and how it can help with school alcohol and drug education.

What works for schools