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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.

Alcohol lesson plan pack

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"

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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.

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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:


The Alcohol Education Trust (AET)

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
  • Online resources – available to download as pdf versions via 

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 .

AET newsletter for professionals and teachers - Autumn Term, September 2018, Ed 39

Topics covered:

  • 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

Click here to view the newsletter 

Being ManKIND

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.

Take Home Sheet

End of session - Questionnaire


Drinkaware for Education -  Resources for Primary and Secondary teaching, when introducing and developing alcohol awareness with pupils.

Legal Highs (Novel Psychoactive Substances)

Royal Society for Public Health - Taking a New Line on Drugs



E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Containing Products (NCPs)

E-CIG Guidance for SW CIC Nurses

ECig Key Messages for CIC Nurses 




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.


Useful Websites

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


One cigarette 'may lead to habit for more than two-thirds of people'    

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.

Click here to visit NICE website (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

Or click on the links below.


Drink Spiking

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


Spiking - top tips to stay safe

To spike a drink means to put alcohol or drugs into someone's drink without their knowledge or permission. The aim may be to incapacitate someone enough to rob or sexually assault them, although sometimes it is just intended as a joke – a bad joke as it is very dangerous.

There is also some concern at the possibility that people are being ‘spiked’ by needles/syringes containing drugs. Although this is much less likely than drink spiking, many of the same tips for staying safe can protect you here too. Spiking is a criminal offence and venues should take steps to ensure they are safe places to be, but you still need to protect yourself, particularly if you feel unsafe.

Spiking – top tips to stay safe | FRANK (





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