21st June 2018

A day for professionals to hear from leading experts on the latest alcohol and drugs prevention research, attend a choice of workshops on evidence-based programmes and receive planning and evaluation advice for effective PSHE. The conference is CPD accredited.


About the conference

On 21st June 2018 two charities, Mentor UK and The Alcohol Education Trust, will bring together a group of experts to showcase evidence-based and effective good practice that can be used in education and youth settings across the UK for alcohol and drugs education and prevention.

With the likelihood of PSHE becoming a statutory teaching requirement for schools, this conference and selection of workshops will offer teachers, PSHE leads, local authorities and anyone working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people the opportunity to learn about the most highly trialled and rigorously tested school/youth programmes together with ‘hands on’ ‘how to’ workshops hosted by PSHE professionals.

Alcohol and drugs are taught at a basic level through the science curriculum in schools, but the life and resilience skills that young people need to prevent drug use and enable them to make healthy choices about alcohol as they get older can be better developed through Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education or other teaching opportunities. Schools, local authorities and educators in non-formal education settings can benefit from guidance regarding effective, evidence-based alcohol and drugs prevention programmes, as well as support to improve training, content and delivery.

Keynote Speakers:

Andy Burnham, Former Health Secretary & Mayor of Greater Manchester

Pre-recorded Keynote Addresses:

Victoria Atkins, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office

Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State Dept for Education

Other Speakers and Panel Members to Include:

  • Professor Harry Sumnall – Professor of Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health and ACMD Member
  • Kathryn Arnott-Gent, Northern Schools and Parent Coordinator, The Alcohol Education Trust
  • Louise Pope, Head of PSHRE at Chew Valley Secondary School
  • Dr John McAlaney, Principal Academic in the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University
  • Dr David Regis, Research Manager for the Schools Health Education Unit
  • Amy Fletcher, Cheshire Police
  • Helena Conibear, CEO The Alcohol Education Trust
  • Michael O’Toole, Chief Executive – Mentor UK
  • Gez James, Development Manager – Mentor UK
  • Lauren Bond, Behaviour Specialist – Unique Behaviour Consultancy
  • Ian Macdonald, ADEPIS Consultant
  • Jim McVeigh, Public Health Institute Director

Workshop Themes will Include:

10 top tips for delivering effective alcohol and drugs education

Double CPD session from The Alcohol Education Trust on the Talk about Alcohol programme. This session will cost £90 to cover a full pack of resources which includes:

– AET Teacher Workbook

– AET SEND Workbook

– DVD of ‘Just a Few Drinks’

– Full access to the SEND area of website with lesson plans, PowerPoints etc.

– Laminated resources for use with the SEND workbook

Targeted approaches for vulnerable populations e.g. SEN and LAC

Mentor Quality Mark clinic

Targeted prevention for youth offenders

Social and emotional learning

On the Day

The morning plenaries will explore:

  • Drinking and drug use trends among young people in the UK.
  • Government and Public Health priorities for preventative and early intervention work in drugs and alcohol in England.
  • Evidenced-based prevention programmes.

The morning will conclude with a Q+A session where delegates will be invited to ask questions and share experiences around drugs and alcohol education with a panel of experts.

The afternoon sessions will offer delegates an opportunity to book one double workshop or 2 shorter workshops/taster sessions of their choice

Delegates will leave with resources and have access to training presentations.

Who Should Attend

The National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference will be beneficial to anyone working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people, including:

  • Primary and secondary school teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • PSHE coordinators
  • External education providers
  • Community practitioners
  • Local Authorities
  • Public health professionals
  • Charities
  • Youth offender teams
  • Social workers
  • Youth workers


Late Registration / Note about Dietary Requirements

If you register for the conference after June 8th, we cannot guarantee your dietary requirements will be met as we have to confirm with the caterers on the 8th. We will do our best to accommodate your needs on the day and we appreciate your understanding. Thank you.

The Alcohol Education Trust

The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) is a national charity providing evidence-based resources on alcohol for 11-18 year olds across the UK, training for teachers and youth leaders and good parenting workshops.

Visit www.alcoholeducationtrust.org and www.talkaboutalcohol.com to learn more.


Mentor is a national charity working to prevent the misuse of alcohol and drugs among children and young people. Their work is rooted in building young people’s resilience, helping them develop the life skills they need in order to negotiate challenging situations. Mentor provides children and young people with the appropriate knowledge, skills and positive health values to help them develop the self-confidence to make their own decisions.

Visit www.mentoruk.org.uk to learn more.

Watch our video from the 2016 conference below:

Read the 2016 conference report

View the 2016 programme and delegate pack