Substance Misuse - Key Stage 3&4
In this lesson, students explore the reasons why some young people choose to drink alcohol and the impact this can have on them.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students will be encouraged to identify and assess the risks associated with underage or irresponsible drinking, and how to deal with pressure from peers.
Lesson plan includes:
- accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
- starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
- core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and extended learning projects
- 2 films to support the activities – "Up to you game" and "Advice on pressure and role models"
New drug and alcohol education suite arriving in September 2020 — map to your scheme of work now
We are excited to announce that we will be launching our brand-new suite of drug and alcohol education lessons for key stages 1-4 in September. Developed for Public Health England, this resource pack will include several lesson plans and resources for each key stage, as well as a comprehensive teacher guidance document, including knowledge organisers and a briefing paper on the evidence base underpinning effective drug and alcohol education. The lessons will explore the facts, laws, risks and consequences associated with drug and alcohol use, as well as the dangers of household items and prescribed medications. They will equip pupils with the skills needed to manage social influence and pressure, and provide them with the knowledge, understanding, attributes, and strategies to keep themselves healthy and safe.
The lessons have been designed to address all the explicit drug and alcohol education included in the PSHE Association Programme of Study and the Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance for Relationships Education/ Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.
Resources, guidelines and articles
'Legal Highs' Myth buster - PowerPoint Presentation for Secondary Schools - Explore 10 myths about Legal Highs with your teenagers with this excellent presentation. To download click on the image below...
Dangerous Drugs Networks Have you noticed a change in the young person you are working with? Download the pdf flyer
2005 - QCDA guidance was published by the (then QCA) QCDA:
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education guidance at Key Stage 3: Unit D: Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and the law - a local, national and global issue
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education guidance at Key Stage 3: Unit E: Why do people use drugs?
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education guidance at Key Stage 4: Unit F: Managing risk
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education guidance at Key Stage 4: Unit G: Giving and receiving support
The Home Office, DfES and DoH produced Understanding drugs: drug education pack for schools - KS 3 in 2006. It contains two booklets for teachers, a pupils' booklet and a CD ROM
We are pleased to be able to offer UK schools (pupils aged 11- 18) the following resources free of charge:
- AET Teacher Workbook (1 printed copy)
- 200x 'Talking to Kids about Alcohol' parent guide OR
- 250x 'Alcohol and You' student guide OR
- 110x each guide
- Full access to our student online learning zone www.talkaboutalcohol.com
- Online resources – available to download as pdf versions via www.alcoholeducationtrust.org
More information can be found in the AET newsletter for professionals and teachers - Autumn Term, September 2018 (Ed 39). Click here to view the newsletter.
You can order your resources via firstname.lastname@example.org .
AET newsletter for professionals and teachers - Autumn Term, September 2018, Ed 39
- Leaving school for college or university - how ready are our young people?
- Opportunity for pupils to take part in a NHS Digital Survey
- Your chance to have your say on mandatory health education in all schools
- New subscription area of website
- Resources - free of charge
- Online learning zone
- Parents talks and teacher/staff training sessions
Through diverse stories from positive role models, we want to inspire young boys and men to grow into kind and confident humans, who break gender stereotypes and strive for equality. We're starting this all off with our book - Being ManKind Volume 1 - you buy one, we gift one to a school or youth organisation. CLIK ON THE LOGO FOR MORE.
Resource on Gangs and Youth Violence suitable for KS3 and upwards.
Teacher's Plan - This plan can be delivered as a stand-alone session. Select stories and activities based on the needs and abilities of your group. For aims and objectives and more click here.
Drinkaware for Education - Resources for Primary and Secondary teaching, when introducing and developing alcohol awareness with pupils.
Legal Highs (Novel Psychoactive Substances)
Drug and Alcohol Education Conference 2021 - Why it matters and how to do it well **NEW DATE**
16/05/17 BBC News – US teen died after drinking caffeine too quickly, coroner says. A healthy teenager in the US state of South Carolina died from drinking several highly-caffeinated drinks too quickly, a coroner has ruled. Davis Allen Cripe collapsed at a high school in April after drinking a McDonald's latte, a large Mountain Dew soft drink and an energy drink in just under two hours, Gary Watts said. The 16-year-old died from a "caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia". He had no pre-existing heart condition.
24/11/16 Vice - The Inside Story of How the UK's BIG City Drug Gangs Are Taking Over the Rest of the Country More and more, city gangs are sending young runners out into the sticks to sell crack and heroin. We spoke to dealers, sex workers, and police to get a better understanding of how the whole process works. As commuters arrive into Britain's major cities from their homes in the shires, a different kind of commuter is travelling the opposite direction. They're more likely to be young and wearing trainers, tracksuits and puffer jackets. Most of them generate more cash each day than their city-bound counterparts. The tools of their trade are a cheap mobile phone, a bag of class A drugs and a knife.
14/08/15 Bournemouth Echo - Country lines, cuckoo-ing and BOGOFs- how urban drug gangs are setting up in Dorset' KEEP your eyes open and report your concerns.'That's the plea from police officers working to tackle drugs gangs in Dorset. Officers from the force are calling on members of the public to take on urban drug-dealing gangs, who have been expanding their illegal activity into rural and coastal towns across the country. A report published this week by the National Crime Agency revealed gangs are using a model known as 'country lines'. This refers to the use of a single telephone number for ordering drugs, operated from outside the area, which becomes the group’s brand. Unlike other criminal activities where telephone numbers are changed on a regular basis, these telephone numbers are maintained and protected.
25/12/15 Sky News - Drug Dealers 'Cuckooing' Vulnerable People Criminals are setting up shop in people's homes after being sent to towns around the country by crime bosses in London. The tactic is known as "cuckooing", after the bird that invades nests, and victims are often left with little choice but to cooperate. For four months, a tenant of landlord Martin Holland was preyed upon in his flat in Ipswich. The man has mental health problems and his vulnerability made him an easy target. "He was having to go back to a flat that was basically full of people dealing drugs," said Mr Holland.
20/03/17 National Elf Service - Cannabis and psychosis: it's high time for a review It’s hard to tell on the face of it what the knock-on effects of using cannabis are with the wash of media attention, political messages, and people trying to avoid sounding like a massive downer. But when looking at the clinical evidence overall, how can we discern the true state of affairs, and how much is actually known about the psychological harms and benefits of cannabis? Cannabis has recently become legal in states across the US, with European countries whispering about loosening the legal straps a little more.
13/05/16 BBC News - Legal highs: Spice addiction 'made me punch myself' Legal highs will be banned across the UK later this month, in a move which the government says will protect young people. But for many, their addictive nature has already taken hold. Grace has a friendly, intelligent personality and is a gifted artist. But four years ago she became addicted to Spice, a form of synthetic cannabis, and it took control of her life. The 18-year-old left home after a breakdown in relationships with her family and ended up on the street, living in doorways, squats and tents - wherever she found room.
Drinkaware - designed to help inform about the implications of drinking alcohol
Drug Rehab is an organisation that provides information and answers for people fighting addiction. The information is clear and very accessible making it an interesting resource for those supporting a person with an addiction or simply to help people in general understand more about addiction. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A UK SITE.
Fixers - Shared stories and advice on alcohol, drugs, crime and other issues
Lions Lifeskills - formerly Tacade, this fantastic website overs lots of resources for sex, drugs, alcohol and more, for all key stages
Recall Report - Alerting the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A UK SITE.
Talk About Alcohol - an educational website full of games, facts and more
Talk to Frank - an informative website about drugs use, effects and treatment
Almost 69% of those who tried smoking went on to smoke daily, analysis of global survey data indicates, highlighting importance of prevention measures.
More than two-thirds of people who try just one cigarette may go on to become regular smokers, new research suggests - The Guardian
NICE guidance - Alcohol interventions
This guideline covers interventions in secondary and further education to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people aged 11 up to and including 18. It also covers people aged 11 to 25 with special educational needs or disabilities in full-time education. It will also be relevant to children aged 11 in year 6 of primary school.
Or click on the links below.
- 1.1 planning alcohol education
- 1.2 delivering universal alcohol education
- 1.3 targeted interventions
Teenagers and young adults should be aware of the issue of drink spiking. A recent UK survey in Cambridge nightclubs found that a third of students had experienced their drinks being spiked.
The majority of reported drink spiking incidents are not linked to any additional crime and are most likely to be the result of a prank, but drink spiking can be linked to sexual assault and robbery. Whatever the intent, drink spiking is illegal and people who spike drinks can be charged, fined or jailed. Click here to read the full article. 02/07/2020
Talk about alcohol
Knowing the score on DRINKING will help you to make your own decision in the future .... Keep it real, and let's Talk about Alcohol. Click here to read the full article. 02/07/2020
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