This session will take a look at best practice in drug education and approaches that can successfully support a whole-school approach to tackling substances. It will also increase basic understanding around legal and illegal substances.
Drug and alcohol education is a statutory component of the school curriculum as part of Health Education in both primary and secondary state-funded schools. This means that schools must now specifically teach children about the facts, laws, risks, consequences and potential harms of drugs, alcohol and tobacco in an age appropriate way.
This session will explore the key elements of effective drug education in teaching and delivery, including how to ensure a safe learning environment. We will discuss trends in substance use by young people and look at more commonly used substances to increase awareness of these for professionals.
We’ll also consider how to manage drug-related incidents and signpost to teaching resources that will support schools in meeting relevant statutory requirements.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Colleagues from primary or secondary phases, including:
PSHE (RSHE) subject leads
Teachers/facilitators of PSHE, including support staff
KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES
This Masterclass will enable you to:
Explore some of the issues, trends and data around substance use by children and young people
Increase awareness of legal and illegal substances
Understand the current statutory requirements for Drug Education as part of Health Education
Develop an understanding around what makes for good practice in Drug Education, as part of a whole-school approach to tackling substances
Become familiar with strategies for creating safe and engaging learning within Drug Education as part of wider PSHE lessons
Health & Wellbeing in Schools Ltd was founded by Russell Stanley and specialises in providing Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education consultancy, advice, training and support for schools, other learning providers and organisations, local authorities, charities and education based businesses.
Since abandoning a fairly boring but successful career in finance in 2006, Russell has built up a strong background of working in and with schools, firstly as a primary school teacher, and then in a variety of roles across Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education within both Education and Public Health departments for a local authority, including managing a Healthy Schools team. His current consultancy role sees him working directly with schools, local authorities, charities, education curriculum providers and professionals on a regular basis.
Russell has extensive experience of working with a range of different partners and community organisations and has also served as a Chair of Governors in a primary school and held other voluntary roles working to support positive outcomes for children and young people.
Russell is incredibly passionate about PSHE education and the unique difference that this subject can make to the lives of children and young people, both now and in their futures.