Ensuring high quality alcohol and drug education and prevention nationwide
Mentor is a leading national charity working to build young people’s resilience in order to prevent harm, particularly in relation to substance misuse. Mentor-ADEPIS is recognised by leaders in education and government as the leading source of evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools.
We offer a range of services and tools to support schools and other education settings, service providers and local authorities to review and improve their practice in order to further contribute to young people’s personal development, through social and emotional learning and life skills education.
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To discuss any of these services with a member of our team, please contact Jamila by phone (020 7553 9920) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mentor Quality Mark for Alcohol and Drug Education
The Mentor Quality Mark for Alcohol and Drugs Education aims to improve the quality of alcohol and drug education and prevention delivered by schools and practitioners in England through the use of an online self-assessment tool.
This online tool provides access to two different self-assessment frameworks:
- The Mentor Quality Mark for Providers of alcohol and drug education for young people
- The Mentor Quality Standards Review for schools and other educational settings
Local Authorities service review and support
Local authorities may be interested in further improving the quality of PSHE education delivered in schools, or undertaking a review of Alcohol and Drug education and health promotion, which will enable them to have a better understanding of areas needing investment. Similar reviews may be sought when working towards the development of a coordinated, multi-agency approach to prevention (not only and not necessarily limited to alcohol and drug prevention).
In so doing, local authorities may wish to understand the current status of alcohol and drug education delivery in their local area to stress the importance of holistic approaches to education that promote the development of life-skills and resilience, whilst ensuring that alcohol and drug education delivery is more than just knowledge based.
Examples of Mentor’s services in action
2015 – 2016: Alcohol and drug education in Brighton and Hove
In 2015, Mentor was commissioned to evaluate the provision of alcohol and drug education within the Brighton and Hove area, encompassing both the resources offered to schools through the local authority, as well as how schools are supported to deliver an evidence based curriculum.
The review encompassed a range of data collection methods to inform recommendations, including pupil focus groups, surveys of PSHE co-ordinators, teachers, and parents, in-depth meetings with PSHE co-ordinators and discussions with wider school support services.
We have found Mentor staff and consultants to be professional, knowledgeable and highly committed to ensuring that children and young people get the best possible drug, alcohol and tobacco education. Most importantly Mentor understood the challenges faced by schools and local authorities and built relationships with colleagues in schools quickly that led to open and honest conversations between Mentor and teachers and Mentor and young people. Mentor have acknowledged the good practice we have in place and provided practical recommendations that we are already acting on.Sam Beal, Partnership Adviser: Health & Wellbeing for Brighton and Hove