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PSHE and a Curriculum for Life

March 16, 2015

[CEO BLOG] Michael O'Toole reflects on the many reasons to feel optimistic about the future of alcohol and drug education in schools, and Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education more generally, following a speech by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, on preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.

"All in the same boat" - a snapshot of Families Together

March 10, 2015

[PROGRAMMES] Marion Inglis, a family support worker at Mentor working with kinship carers as part of the Families Together project, shares her experience introducing a recently referred child to our weekly youth group for children in kinship care.

Experts welcome ACMD Recovery Committee briefing paper

March 5, 2015

[POLICY] DrugScope, the PSHE Association and Mentor have come together to welcome the publication of the briefing paper, Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Recovery Committee. The paper calls for quality drug education in schools.

How to ensure prevention works for all

March 2, 2015

[CEO BLOG] Michael O'Toole reflects on his first four months as Chief Executive at Mentor, and outlines two early priorities: to bring alcohol and drug prevention into the mainstream, and to promote and strengthen evidence-based prevention practice, both within our own work and in support of other agencies.

Mentor welcomes report of Commons Education Committee into PSHE

Feb. 17, 2015

[PRESS RELEASE] The alcohol and drug prevention charity, Mentor, welcomed the publication of the Commons Education Committee report into PSHE education. The report cited evidence of the value of quality PSHE on young people's wellbeing and made a number of key recommendations for improving provision, including statutory status for the subject.

Five Principles for Youth-Oriented Health Initiatives

Feb. 10, 2015

[POLICY] Public Health England (PHE) published a new framework designed to address the health needs of young people. The framework outlines key principles to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young people and to reduce inequalities.

Harm reduction vs. prevention

Feb. 3, 2015

[POLICY] Mentor examines recent dialogue around harm reduction regarding drug use, arguing that ongoing discussions around drug policy needs to be refocused on bringing prevention into the mainstream. 

The GBG approach: can it arrest secondary school decline?

Dec. 17, 2014

[PROGRAMMES] Mentor is currently trialling the Good Behaviour Game (GBG), an innovative intervention which has been shown to have dramatic benefits on children's behaviour in school. If proven to be effective in the English context, GBG could have a long-term influence on the problems outlined in the recent Ofsted report which revealed that secondary schools in England are failing in increasing numbers.