of information in Drug Education: Guidance for Teachers.
has a list
of projects for students to undertake.
The projects are not just about health. They cover
the use of substances in history, in modern day society
and within different cultures. In this way the use
of drugs, alcohol and tobacco can be raised at different
points within the curriculum. There are other areas
you might wish to explore for example, the
impact on the environment and local economy of opium
and coca growing in the developing world as part of
a geography project.
more information about drugs DrugScope has
produced a CD-ROM called D-ROM. Click here
for more details and how to order.
lists and other information sources:
We currently have two reading lists, one on educational
materials (PDF 239KB) and one on resources
for teachers published since the year 2000
also has a Drug and Alcohol Education and Prevention
Team. Find out about their activities here.
out about key publications in the drug education field
and drug education
whole school approach to drug education will involve:
Development of an effective drug policy
2. Training and support for staff
3. Development of a drug education programme in the
4. Involvement and education of parents and governors
5. Clear procedures for the management of drug incidents
support for pupils and staff who experience drug related
problems or oncerns.
for a link to the latest guidance on drug education
in schools from the Department for Education
place of drug information in drug education
drug information is an important part of drug education.
In the past young people have not always been given
accurate information. There has sometimes been a tendency
for teachers, and other adults, to exaggerate the
dangers of certain drugs, often in an attempt to put
young people off drug use; what one commentator has
termed 'prophylactic lies'. Evaluations of drug education
programmes emonstrate that 'shock/ scare' approaches
do not generally prevent young people from experimenting
with drugs. Young people find out, through their own
drug using experiences and from talking to their peers,
that they have not been told the complete truth. Adults
then lose credibility as sources of drug information.
it is important for teachers and young people to have
access to up to date information that is relevant
to current situations rather than the past. 'New'
drugs come into fashion and others go out of fashion.
'Old' drugs start to be used in new ways. Street names
change over time and between different areas. What
we know about different drugs increases over time
as more people use them and more research is carried
much drug information do teachers need to know to
successfully deliver drug education?
teachers feel they do not know enough about drugs
to successfully teach drug education. Some are also
concerned that their pupils know more about drugs
than they do. Whilst this may sometimes be the case
adults often underestimate what they know about drugs
and there is sometimes a tendency for young people,
particularly teenagers, to think they know more than
they actually do.
Teachers do not need to be 'drug encyclopaedias'.
Although teachers do not need to be specialists to
teach the programme successfully, they do need a knowledge
of the key facts, and a clear understanding of their
implications for young people. In addition it is important
that teachers are not taken in by the many myths that
surround young people's drug use which are often perpetuated
by the media.
are a number of reasons why teachers do not need a
detailed drug knowledge to successfully deliver drug
Drug education is not just about drug information.
It also needs to explore aspects of attitudes and
values and develop a wide range of pupil skills (such
as risk assessment, communication, assertiveness,
decision making, seeking help, helping others, first
aid). Evaluations have demonstrated that in the past
too many drug education programmes were overly focused
on drug information with insufficient consideration
of values and skills.
Many drug education teaching packages contain drug
information activities which include answers and background
information for teachers and pupils. For example,
quizzes and card games always include answer sheets.
If teachers do not know the answers to certain questions
they can always find out later. Ideally they will
involve pupils in also researching the required information.
Some teachers do not feel comfortable teaching drug
education unless they are very knowledgeable and know
more than their pupils. However, teachers can utilise
pupil knowledge and sometimes learn from them. This
often makes for a very positive learning environment.
For example, pupils may be more aware of current,
local street names for drugs than teachers.
delivery of drug education has more to do with teacher
attitude and confidence than detailed drug knowledge.
Developing a positive learning environment whereby
pupils can air their views openly, be listened to
and listen to others, discuss topics which are of
concern to them, question and come to terms with complex
issues is all important.
Drugs: Drug Education Pack for Schools (Key Stage 3)
new resource for KS3 teachers Understanding
Drugs: Drugs Education Pack for Schools (KS3)
pack supports the Governments drive to ensure
all young people understand the risks associated with
cannabis and includes information and guidance for
teachers, classroom activities and leaflets for pupils.
can be ordered by from TeacherNet.
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