Quality standards for alcohol and drug education
Quality standards which schools can use for alcohol and drug education are available in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The UK has none.
Mentor is campaigning to improve the quality of alcohol and drug prevention in schools in order to better support teachers, prepare young people for the challenges they will face as they grow up, and bolster the campaign for statutory PSHE.
Why Mentor is campaigning for quality standards
Mentor believes alcohol and drug education in schools is vital to help ensure young people have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to avoid the damage these substances can do, yet alcohol and drug education remains a weaker aspect of the curriculum. Pupils have higher expectations of what should be delivered, and teachers regularly ask for national resources and guidance.
The government should develop national level Quality Standards for all contributors to drug education in schools and college.The Advisory Group on Drug and Alcohol Education (2008)