When we talk about alcohol and drug education, we’re not just thinking about what happens within the classroom. We support practitioners in schools, SEN and PRU settings, colleges and universities, custodial settings and community groups.
The role of a child’s school in prevention is much broader than alcohol and drug education lessons. Research tells us that the links between educational detachment and the use of alcohol and drugs at an early age are very clear: a young person’s attachment to school is a powerful protective factor which makes them resilient against substance misuse. This is strengthened by a positive and supportive school ethos, as well as quality PSHE education.
Practitioners working in alcohol and drug education and prevention can benefit from the evidence base we have built as well as the free resources available from Mentor-ADEPIS.
The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS)
The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) is a platform for sharing information and resources on alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools and practitioners.
Mentor-ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as the leading source of evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention. The resources we have already produced draw on eight years of work with the Drug Education Forum, which supported local authorities and schools to implement best practice in alcohol and drug education.
Our resources are free and suitable for both primary and secondary schools as well as practitioners working on alcohol and drug education and prevention in informal and community settings.
To access Mentor-ADEPIS resources and see details of upcoming teacher training seminars, visit mentor-adepis.org.
Toolkit for schools: review your drugs policy
This resource aims to help schools with the process of reviewing their drug and alcohol policy, with practical advice on consulting with teachers, pupils, parents and others in the community. It can be used by primary and secondary schools & pupil referral units, and should also be helpful for colleges.
What young people think
Young people are aware that the little alcohol and drug education they receive does not meet their needs. During Mentor’s London Youth Involvement Project, our Youth Advisers surveyed secondary pupils’ experiences of alcohol and drug education in school.
Over 500 responses provided a snapshot of alcohol and drug education in the capital: around a fifth did not recall having any at all.
Young people’s recommendations:
Advice for school governors
A strong school alcohol and drug policy can support pupils’ wellbeing, behaviour and safety. 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.