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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. 

Breaking Out to Breaking Bad

Nov. 21, 2014

[RESEARCH] One of the key findings from our work delivering alcohol education services in HMYOI Polmont is that, no matter how many interventions you provide, the young people must want to make positive changes in order for any benefit to develop.

PSHE in schools: Education Committee debate

Nov. 6, 2014

[POLICY] On the basis of evidence submitted in June to the Education Select Committee inquiry on PSHE education in schools, Mentor's Chief Executive Michael O'Toole was invited as a witness, alongside other experts, to provide evidence at the House of Commons debate on Tuesday 4 November.