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PSHE to prepare our pupils for life

“A curriculum to prepare us for life” (League of Young Voters UK) What is the role of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education in the new curriculum? The ‘Associate Parliamentary Group for Parents and Families’ debate held yesterday afternoon at the House of Commons pointed out the vital role for

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Drug and Alcohol Education and Prevention: An overview of the Mentor-ADEPIS service

Launched in April 2013, ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as the leading source of evidence based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools. Since its launch much has happened, so here is an overview of the work achieved and plans for the future. What has been

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Review of guidance on schools based interventions on alcohol

NICE have today announced that they will be reviewing their guidance on school interventions on alcohol.  In setting out their reasoning NICE say: Since the publication of PH7 there have been large changes in both the public health landscape and education system – for example the introduction of Academies and free schools, and

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DfE mandatory timeline: schools must publish their PSHE curriculum

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE) education is being given the emphasis deserved! The Department for Education published new guidance outlining compulsory requirements for schools and the time-frame in which these have to be met; and PSHE education has a place in it! This mandatory timeline was set to support schools planning

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Drug Testing or Positive School Ethos which approach should schools consider?

Very few schools in the UK have gone down the road of drug testing their pupils as a preventative approach to drug issues, and new US research suggests they may have been right to be cautious. A few years ago there was a flurry of interest in the use of

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Findings from our survey into drug and alcohol education

Many thanks to the PSHE Association for carrying out this research for us, the 288 teachers who took part in the survey, and in particular the 20 who gave up their time for in-depth interviews. The key findings are set out below, and more can be found in the full

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Young people accessing substance misuse treatments in 2012-13

The annual report on young people substance misuse treatment for 2012-13 was published yesterday by Public Health England. The report highlighted a slight decrease (3.2%) from the previous year in treatment referrals. Specialist substance misuse services in 2012-13 were accessed by 20,032 young people (under 18 years). Cannabis and alcohol,

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Drug education in the National Science curriculum: Resources from the National STEM Centre

The science curriculum is the acknowledged statutory subject for drug education to take place in schools.  According to the statutory guidance for the science programme of study[1]: In Year 6 pupils “should learn how to keep their bodies healthy and how their bodies might be damaged – including how some

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How to maximise the health and well-being of school aged children?

Are pupils aware of school nursing services? Are pupils given enough voice and support in schools? This was one of the many themes approached at the “Delivering excellence: Maximising the health and wellbeing of school aged children” conference, held yesterday  by Public Health England and the Department of Health. The

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The House of Lords debate on drugs

Yesterday members of the House of Lords debated a motion on cost-effective strategies to tackle the use and trafficking of legal and illegal drugs in the UK and internationally. The majority of the debate focused on three key areas: reducing demand for drugs, rehabilitation of drug users and reduction of

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