07 Mar 2017
Introducing the Explore Family Consultation Service
Explore Family support whole families and individuals living within Nottingham City who are affected by somebody elseâ€s drug or alcohol use.
Are you currently working with a family affected by drugs and alcohol?
Would you like to discuss support options available for the family?
Would you like support and advice on ways in which you can support the family?
Contact Charmayne Heys on :
25 Nov 2016
Substance Misuse Awareness Training
This one day workshop is available free to any school staff working with young people in education who wish to increase their knowledge and awareness of substance misuse and the impact on children, young people and families
The first session was a brilliant day and the feedback was really positive from staff who attended.
The next date is Wed 8th March from 9.30-4.00pm. Venue to be confirmed on application. Apply with the form in the member training area or contact email@example.com
24 Nov 2016
Middleton Are DrugAware!
Congratulations to all the staff and pupils at Middleton Primary School who have achieved their DrugAware Award in time for Christmas. They celebrated this week with a presentation assembly. Shown here with the plaque are two long serving members of the RRSA Team, together with fellow team members who completed surveys with parents in the playground and some of the children who completed the Healthy Living/Staying Safe Poster Challenge. Well done Middleton!
Middleton become a DrugAware School for a second time. This means that they have been paying close attention to the quality of their drug education for over 3 years and have sustained the quality standard level to get the award again, which is amazing!
Well done and thanks to all the staff, children and parents for your continuing commitment to healthy choices and staying safe!
23 Nov 2016
Hidden Harm - The impact of parental drug/alcohol use on children -
This movie is a must-see for anyone working with children in schools. If you need training or to set up a pathway to the Explore family Service in Nottingham contact Charmaine Heys, the school link worker.
11 Nov 2016
Explore Family Parenting Course - starts January 2017
Explore Family are offering a parenting programme starting 12th January 2017 for anyone within a family that is effected by drugs or alcohol or who is currently in drug or alcohol treatment and have children aged between 4 and 10 who are living with them. Please print attached posters and display them within your place of work and forward to other people within your team.
The principles of this programme are built on Dr Webster-Strattonâ€s Incredible Years which has been used worldwide for a number of years.
If you identify any individuals who would benefit from this programme please request a referral form at firstname.lastname@example.org Families will be assessed to look at all support options available to them.
Full details regarding the course including leaflets, posters and information packs available from explore family.org.uk
01 Nov 2016
Gaming content Influences Young People's Smoking and Alcohol Use
The university of Nottingham have just published a research report which proves a link between young people's gaming habits and smoking/drinking.
Not surprising in itself but are you aware which games have smoking and alcohol use in them?
09 Sep 2016
Retailers 'flout' laws on selling e-cigarettes to children (Local Gov)
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) found nearly 40% of retailers illegally sold nicotine e-cigarettes and vaping liquids to children and young people since the practice was banned last year.
22 Aug 2016
Survey reveals levels of young drinking in the family home
How many children drink alcohol with their family?
This article at
Raises some interesting issues about the importance of also educating parents when you are educating young people with e DrugAware Programme Materials. If you can't use the DrugAware Parents Session Materials supplied by the Programme then The Alcohol Education Trust offers useful parent leaflet and materials that can be supplied while your lessons are in progress as well as workshops for parents that they will deliver free at your school. Worth thinking about for the new term!
12 Aug 2016
Mentor-Adepis Free Drug Education Lesson Materials
These lessons for KS2 and 3 might be a useful addition to your bank of DrugAware Resources
11 Aug 2016
SMOKEFREE SUMMER COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Six winners have been selected from four city schools and their designs have been turned into large, eye-catching posters to advertise family events over the coming days and weeks where smokers will be asked not to light up.
08 Aug 2016
St Mary's Hyson Green pupils love Jed and Ted - And they're DrugAware!!
A delighted Clare Hogkinson receives their well deserved DrugAware award from Karen Smith in front of headteacher Mrs Kelly and the whole school as part of their special end of year presentation assembly. All the children have enjoyed working on their Jed and Ted lessons which has been a new resource for many of the teachers. Well done to all the staff and pupils at St Mary's Hyson Green.
28 Jul 2016
Djanogly Strelley Academy Receive DrugAware Award
Congratulations to Djanogly Strelley Academy on receiving their DrugAware award. Ms Scrimshaw accepted the award on behalf of the school along with the six winners of their DrugAware poster competition. The pupils have enjoyed a focussed Drug Awareness week of activities which will now form part of the regular school calendar. Some children have also made their own news video which is currently available to view on the schools website.
28 Jul 2016
Briefing on new NPS laws
Useful information and clarification for drug educators!
21 Jul 2016
Nottingham Academy, Greenwood Dale Site first to Scoop DrugAware Award
Bethan Hopcraft, Strategy and Commissioning Officer for Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership was pleased to present Mrs Bigwood, Deputy Headteacher at Greenwood Road with their award following a round table presentation by year 8 pupils, Head of school Mr Tungate, Head of Year 11 Mrs Gresswell and Lead Principle, Mr Rae. Whilst the SLT have been vital in pushing through policy changes and creative curriculum solutions to achieve the award, it is the pupils who have led with projects on NPSâ€s (year 11), posters on common substances and promoting the in school drop-in service and even a forthcoming video (year8). The Greenwood Road site was the first of the Academy schools to gain the award, however there are now plans for the others to quickly follow suit next term, supported of course by the Greenwood pupils.
21 Jul 2016
Well done St Stephens!
The whole school gathered at the end of the day to enjoy a showcase of the childrenâ€s work from every year group. There were excellent songs, raps, a display of posters, drama and well researched drug facts. In addition to the presentation of their well earned DrugAware award, prises were given for a positive drug message poster competition, with the entries creating a display in the school.
21 Jul 2016
Congratulations to Brocklewood!
Mrs Lawton and the children are seen here celebrating achieving their DrugAware award following an Assembly earlier this week.
21 Jul 2016
AET to offer complementary school alcohol education programme in UK
The Alcohol Education Trust are thrilled to have agreed with SHAHRP programme creator Nyanda McBride of Curtin University, Australia the licence to deliver the programme in the UK. The exact programme on offer is a derivative of the school health and alcohol harm reduction project (SHAHRP), which has been adapted for use in the UK which has now been rigorously trialled in Northern Ireland and Scotland over the last decade.
These trials (one a non-randomised trial, and the other a fully Randomised trial) have been led by Dr Michael McKay, whose latest four year randomised control trial in Northern Ireland and Scotland, supported by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) work, will be published shortly.
Dr Michael McKay oversaw the adaptation of the Australian materials for use in schools in Northern Ireland, and during the period 2005-2009, also oversaw a non-randomised study examining the effects of the programme. In that study, those in receipt of SHAHRP (NI), either from school teachers or from trained facilitators, reported better knowledge about alcohol, less alcohol-related harms and lower levels of "last use" alcohol consumption than those in control schools. Dr McKay also managed the recent STAMPP RCT which assessed the joint efficacy of SHAHRP (NI) and a parental brief intervention.
Results of the RCT show that those in intervention group schools were significantly less likely to have engaged in Heavy Episodic Drinking in the past 30 days than their peers in control schools. Speaking about the results, Dr McKay said "collectively these results point to the potential utility and public health benefits of this programme. In some additional qualitative research that we have undertaken, the programme has been very well received by school children, who reported greatly preferring this intervention to alcohol 'education as normal'. Participants found the programme engaging and interesting, and that is potentially beneficial to school teachers. Of course this is not the answer to all alcohol-related problems in young people, but it may be part of the answer regarding an educational intervention."
Helena Conibear, Director of The Alcohol Education Trust, comments, â€The SHAHRP set of six lessons adapted for a UK context complement our equally successfully evaluated talk about alcohol programme well. We are thrilled that Michael will be presenting a workshop on how the programme works for teachers on the 19th October at our alcohol and drugs prevention conference being hosted jointly with Mentor.â€ You can read more details and book here: http://mentoruk.org.uk/national-alcohol-drugs-education-conference/
To express an interest in the SHAHRP resources or delivery of the programme, please email email@example.com .
The Alcohol Education Trust
Frampton House-Frampton-Dorset-DT2 9NH
21 Jul 2016
DrugAware - Glade Hill Show us How it's Done!!
Headteacher, Ms Sheppard and children from Yr 6 to Yr1 accepted their award following a packed celebration assembly, with songs, acrostics, poems and drama illustrating the work children have been doing for DrugAware.
A special big thank you to Mrs Rowe for all her hard work and best wishes for her own special event due in the next few weeks!
Congratulations Glade Hill.
21 Jun 2016
Robin Hood - Latest to become a DrugAware School
Karen Smith was proud to award Robin Hood Primary and Nursery School with the DrugAware Award Plaque yesterday. The upper school were amazing, collecting information through the DataVibe survey, to make their drug education programme perfect for their needs and showing their success with a follow up survey. During the whole school assembly the younger children told the assembled school about the work they have been doing for their drug education with the resource widely nicknamed 'Jed and Ted'before accepting the award on bhalf of the school, staff and families.
20 Jun 2016
Claremont Scoop the DrugAware Award
In a special celebration event last week the staff, parents and pupils of Claremont Primary and Nursery School came together to receive their DrugAware Award Plaque and pledge their continued commitment to quality drug education and policy. To get the award they implemented a whole school drug education programme, an accredited drug policy, services to support children affected by substances and involved the whole school in becoming more DrugAware. They showed clear improvements in their teaching and learning for drug education from data collected before and after lessons.
Excellent work and special thanks to Caroline Smith (DrugAware Coordinator), Judith Smith (DSL and Andrew Gallagher, the Head Teacher for their commitment and achievements.
11 Jun 2016
Crabtree Farm Primary School are DrugAware!!
Crabtree Farm Primary School became the latest school to receive their DrugAward plaque today. Karen Smith presented the award in an assembly where every class showed the rest of the school what they had been working on. There was an impressive variety of work on show, including posters, personal pledges, poems, acrostics and persuasive writing completed both class and at home.
Head boy Ethan concluded the event with a stirring address that would put Mr Cameron to shame, challenging all smokers to quit, which earned an impromptu and well deserved round of applause.
He then received the plaque on behalf of the school alongside the Head girl. The school hopes to make a display of some of the work produced for other visitors to enjoy alongside their well deserved plaque!
17 Mar 2016
Are cigarettes companies recruiting children as smokers?....
This might be of use in your classroom or staffroom to stimulate discussion.
04 Feb 2016
Great research summary on e-cigarettes
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26 Nov 2015
New Research on E-Cigs suggests it leads to smoking tobacco
Research suggests school pupils 'using electronic cigarettes as gateway to smoking;
A study of 182 13-to-16 year-old students which concluded that "more needs to be done to protect children from misleading messaging and promotion; of electronic cigarettes, has raised concerns about the devices acting as a gateway to smoking.
Sheila Duffy, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland, said: "Electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco but are not completely safe and we believe there should be restrictions on advertising that targets children."
05 Nov 2015
PSHE Advisory Service offer new drama workshops for Drug Education / PSHE
The PSHE Advisory Service is launching a brand new service to support schools with delivering effective PSHE. The Workshop Programme contains a range of interactive drama-based workshops exploring relevant PSHE issues such as binge drinking, NPSs, consent, and sexting. These workshops can be booked for single class groups, assembly presentations or for delivery on health days. All our workshops leaders have extensive experience in working with young people around PSHE topics and are DBS checked. You can even hire a PSHE specialist for an hour, half-day or full-day to cover those tricky subjects which staff may not feel comfortable or confident to deliver.
To view a workshop programme brochure and order form and book online go to www.character-uk.org/shop
If you would like further information or would like to discuss a bespoke workshop please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
09 Oct 2015
G4S / Aspire Children's Homes Group Achieve DrugAware Status
G4S home's staff and residents got together at the Park Inn Hotel last evening to get their DrugAware Award Plaques in a ceremony that is the culmination of a year of hard work and commitment to safeguarding and early help. The homes, ten in all, worked together to receive training, develop policy, support and a whole-home approach to being DrugAware.Plaques were presented by Inspector Gurmit Kaur from the Nottinghamshire police, Community Cohesion Unit. Pledging her support to the DrugAware programme she said "You have opted to look at the whole person, to develop happier young people that do not need drugs - rather than getting tied up with the drugs as the issue. We applaud you in joining us to reduce the criminalisation of young people, opting for support and early intervention" No need to say it, but the DrugAware team are also very proud of what they have achieved in their homes in the City and beyond.
07 Oct 2015
Review: Jed and Ted Explore Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: Primary Drug Education Resource
We have been asking staff to feed back their experience of using the DrugAware resource in the classroom. We hear here from Jane Siveyer at Portland Primary.
"I have found the Drug Aware Scheme / Jed and Ted Explore to be the most comprehensive drug education resource I've used in over 20 years of teaching. The two characters Jed and Ted are very engaging and the children responded really positively to them. Staff found the lesson plans and support materials to be thorough and pitched just right for each year group from Foundation to Year 6. The end of unit evaluations allow the co-ordinator to give support and to feed forward any issues to the next class teacher at the end of the academic year. I recommend the Drug Aware scheme to anyone who is not already using it.
Visit http://www.character-uk.org/shop to find out how to get the resource for your school
02 Oct 2015
A Review of the DrugAware Award by Reah Badwal from Fernwood School
What is the drug aware award? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like - it simply makes you drug aware. I know from first hand experience, that as you get older, drug related issues become MUCH more common, and sometimes you are left confused or worried, especially when these issues are involved with people you least expect. I never would have expected some of the Drug related issues I have seen to arise but, the Drug Aware Award makes sure you have a head start to help beat the challenges you may come across! It's not all talk though. We've seen positive changes in young people and their attitude to drugs. Almost 60% of Nottingham schools have already become drug aware so there is no reason to miss out and not get involved! There is no harm in learning a bit more about life. After all knowledge is power - not drugs!
01 Oct 2015
Are e-cigarettes a gateway to tobacco smoking in youth?
See more at:
02 Sep 2015
Can six alcohol lessons over two years affect the age that teenagers start to drink?
Over 40% of all the 4400 children surveyed at outset had already had a whole drink, usually at home by age 12 or 13 (year 8).
36% of these children who were then taught the AET programme, chose not to drink at 15/16 years old, compared to only 21% who had not been exposed to the programme.
Teens are more likely to drink if they have more siblings, have a poor relationship with their father or if their parents drink. Just a few lessons over 2 years, taught by the schools non-specialist teachers, can significantly delay the age kids decide to start drinking.
You can read the full report and findings here: http://www.alcoholeducationtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/TAA-nfer-full-report.pdf
About the Alcohol Education Trust
Supporting over 1000 schools and 700 organisations across the UK, the evidence-based and peer-reviewed programme, aimed at 11-18 year olds, provides teachers with a structured approach to discussing issues around drinking, and includes a 100-page paper and online teacher workbook of lesson plans, work-sheets, games and ideas which can be adapted to suit the knowledge, ability and experience of the age group. To learn more visit www.alcoholeducationtrust.org.
13 Jul 2015
Blessed Robert Widmerpool Do it Again
In a double celebration Blessed Robert Widmerpool Primary School regained their DrugAware status and their Healthy Schools Status in a bumper assembly last week. It's great to see the sustained work on drug education that is achieved through the DrugAware Programme in evidence. Well done everyone,have a super healthy, safe summer!
13 Jul 2015
The Writing is on the Wall for Warren...
And it says they just got their DrugAware Status for another 3 years!
Seen here is Head of School Mrs Shaw and the Yr 6 School Councillors who had been involved in some of the surveys, collecting views from parents and other children around the school. The presentation was made to year 6 class in Ms Eley's absence, due to an early arrival! So congratulations also to Ms Eley.
04 Jun 2015
The Bulwell Academy Renew their DrugAware Commitment
The staff and students of the Bulwell Academy have risen to the challenge of delivering focused drug and alcohol education for it's students in changing times, proving that creative planning can deliver a drug and alcohol programme as part of a character development and safety curriculum. With an updated policy and programme for drugs and alcohol and a continued strong relationship with the Journey School Drug Worker Service it is good to see the DrugAware legacy continues as a priority in the Academy.
05 May 2015
William Booth Primary Scoop DrugAware Award
William Booth have joined the latest band of DrugAware Schools to scoop the Quality Award.
Karen Cole, Coordinator said "The DrugAware sessions are going to help William Booth's drug education by providing age appropriate lessons for all classes throughout the school. These sessions will educate our pupils to be safer and smarter with drug and alcohol issues and more confident to resist peer pressure. Many thanks for all your support with our drugs education".
But the real thank go, of course, to the staff and pupils of the schools. Well done!
17 Apr 2015
Social Media - Peer Influence Article
Interesting article on the response to drunkenness-related videos posted on YouTube. Post the link below into your web browser.
26 Mar 2015
Edale Rise Eclipse the Competition
As the eclipse was underway last week Edale Rise Primary celebrated their reaccreditation as a DrugAware School. It was obvious that 3 years of delivering the Jed and Ted Programme across the school has paid off. The standard of the children's understanding and skills in relation to substances was amazing, growing year on year in an impressive show and tell of their learning. Right from reception to year 6 the children demonstrated their excellence in drug education. They delivered a clear message to the parents that smoking was harmful and that they valued a smoke-free environment at school and beyond.
08 Mar 2015
Drug use is a real issue for under 11's
Okay, that got your attention, but we are referring to the drug caffeine here. The D-Vibe Survey has been collecting data from young people and there are some interesting local issues emerging. We wanted to flag up the high level of caffeine use by children. The survey told us that between 23 and 60% of children consume caffeine weekly or daily. They report they enjoy energy drinks, not intended for sale to children, as well as coffee, tea and cola. This is bound to have an effect on their behaviour and sleep patterns. As a result a number of school have focused their curriculum on this aspect of drug education and parent awareness and have seen a fall in use as a result. All schools who join DrugAware get access to the D-Vibe Survey facility, enabling more effective targeting of drug education.
05 Mar 2015
St Patricks Are DrugAware - It's all about the choices!
In a fantastic assembly about making wise and healthy choices the parents, staff and pupils of St Patricks Catholic Primary School showed they are truly deserving of the DrugAware Award today. Coordinator, Farkhana Baig, said "I have really enjoyed getting everyone organised to do the Jed and Ted lessons, everyone has been really involved" They decided to launch a campaign about littering and leaving things like cans and cigarette ends on the ground as they felt this was an issue they wanted to address as a school. Their work on drug education has given opportunities for parents to discuss the issues as families and the lessons have supported children to think about drugs such as caffeine and medicines in a new, safer light. Putting life skills and choices at the heart of their healthy curriculum. Well done St Patricks!
11 Feb 2015
New Explore Family Implementation Guide
Have you downloaded the new Explore Family guide yet?
Get it here
You will need your member login and password
05 Nov 2014
Denewood Do It Again...
Denewood Learning Centre celebrated their reaccreditation as a DrugAware School for another 2 years, having proven they have sustained their drug education lesson, lead by Mr Nick Lucas, PSHE coordinator, and policy with regards to whole-school practice and early intervention.
Head Teacher, Ms Wendy Vincent said, "In this setting it's really important that the kids have a clear understanding of drugs and alcohol and are aware of the risks. It's vital that they make good choices. DrugAware is a way to keep the issue in everyone's eyeline".
The Learning Centre have been using the www.d-vibe.com online drug planning and assessment survey for 3 years. Wendy added, "Relevence is really vital, the D-Vibe survey means we are always confident that we are addreessing the issue at the right level and that staff feel confiident with young people on the issue"
So well done Denewood, they now join Unity KS4 as DrugAware!
24 Oct 2014
Journey...The Schools Drugs Worker Service Has a New Name!
We are delighted to introduce Lifeline Journey, the new Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service for Nottingham and DrugAware Partner for Schools.
You will carry on receiving one to one support, referral and advice for Young People who raise concerns over substance misuse. Journey are an Early Intervention Partner so engagement with them will meet the DrugAware Standard for Supporting Pupils as well as ensure you have the confidence and support to know how to act when you have professional concerns relating to substances.
Their contact details are:
Lifeline Journey Young Person's Drug and Alcohol Service
2 Russell Place, Nottingham, NG1 5HJ
or referrals can be taken over the phone on 0115 948 4314
Referrals and information leaflet can be downloaded in the members area or on the support page on the main menu
05 Oct 2014
DrugAware Classroom Resources Receive the PSHE Association Quality Mark
Both the primary and secondary schemes of work and classroom resources for drug and alcohol education received the prestigious PSHE Association Quality Mark this week. The mark, regarded as the 'gold standard' for PSHE teaching and learning materials, met all the criteria set out for best practice and was awarded, along with extremely positive comments by Nick Boddington. This will add even more reassurance for teachers that DrugAware really does provide the highest quality solution for drug education and early intervention.
Both resources are available from the www.earlyinterventionresources.co.uk shop in download, CD or Print formats or from Amazon.co.uk
15 Jul 2014
Djanogly Northgate Academy are DrugAware!
Djanogly Northgate Academy are the latest school to become DrugAware, congratulations to all the children and staff involved! Councillor Rosemary Healy (pictured) presented the award to the school.
The Headteacher, Liz Anderson, said, "One of our priorities is to develop our children's resilience in order for them to keep themselves safe. We can't always be there. The DrugAware programme absolutely supports this priority."
Antonia Webb, the DrugAware Co-ordinator for the school, said, "It's been a great learning experience for the children. They loved Jed and Ted and it linked to them in a safe way that they could empathise with."
01 Jul 2014
Nottingham Girls Academy are DrugAware in International Style!
The year 9 students helped celebrate the award of the DrugAware Standard last week bringing an international and very informative slant on the laws and customs around alcohol in different cultures, countries and faiths. Each tutor group has done their own unique campaign and will be sharing their work with eachother in a peer learning cascade over the next few weeks. The academy has completley overhauled it's drug policy and programme based on the information gathered from the D-Vibe survey and can now ensure support for any student affected by drug or alcohol use in their lives. Cllr Sam Webster presented the plaque and Anna Power thanked Ms Napleton and all the students and staff for their hard work. So well done to the Nottingham Girls Academy.
19 May 2014
Cantrell Primary are DrugAware!
Cantrell today received their DrugAware Award. They have woke hard across the school to ensure that now every year receives drug education and have taken on the PSHE association accredited resource, Jed and Ted Explore Drugs, to ensure that their programme has continuity. They have a new drug policy and are all geared up as a DrugAware school, ensuring the children are safer in a drug using world. 5 'DrugAware Ambassadors' headed up a campaign bringing key messages to the pupils who attended the assembly. The messages where persuasive; "always read the label on your medicine and take it carefully with an adult to help you"; "If friends try to get you to try smoking or alcohol refuse and tell an adult you trust to help you get the message across if they won't listen"; "If you use sprays make sure you have a well ventilated room and don't inhale it - better still use a roll on!". So Cantrell prove that peer education and messages can be very powerful tool in drug education. They certainly are 'on message'.
Mr Fielding, the Head Teacher (pictured) was delighted to receive the award and is planning to put it in the school reception on the 'wall of fame'. Well done Cantrell Primary
09 May 2014
Old Basford become DrugAware in Record Time!
Old Basford Primary and Nursery scooped the DrugAware Award this term having only begun the process for accreditation in January this year.
Teacher and DrugAware Coordinator, Jane Meade said,
"The pupils at Old Basford School greatly increased their knowledge,
not only regarding the downside of 'bad' drugs but also acknowledging
the necessity of 'good' drugs in their lives. The children thoroughly
enjoyed their learning, evident from the questionnaires that they all
completed at the end of the programme".
The year five pupils lead the way, completing the survey, to give the school a snapshot for planning drug education across the whole school, ensuring that the pupils receive at least 12 hours across key stage 2 and more than 5 hours at key stage 1.
'Little and often', focused on the needs of the pupils is the most effective way to deliver drug education across the school career of the child and Old Basford will be doing this from now on!
07 May 2014
Rise Park Primary Become Latest DrugAware School
Rise Park Primary held a celebration assembly to receive their DrugAware Award this wekk as part of their healthy living week. Drugaware activities and lessons happened throughout the week, following a positive healthy life theme. Activities included; Smoothie bar exploring healthy alcohol free drinks, a DrugAware stop smoking campaign and a special lesson including how to put a person in the recovery postion with the Red Cross.
Deputy Headteacher, Ms Natasha Kelly led the assembly and awarded prizes and certificates, Amelia Medley got a special award for contributions to Drugaware lessons
Year 4 showcased their drug education lessons with their "no smoking" posters. This was linked to drug education lessons delivered previously and included many facts related to adults which they researched online.
Donna Long, led a Family Support Worker Session with New Leaf and there is now a group of parents interested to quit smoking which is brilliant news and so DrugAware!
Cllr McDonald, who is also a Governor at the school lent his support ot the school becoming DrugAware.
31 Mar 2014
Heathfield Do It Again
Diane Parkinson (pictured) added another 2 years to Heathfield's DrugAware Award Status. A re-check of their pupils' needs and progress with the D-Vibe survey and a refresh of the drug policy and programme means that the school continue to meet the high standard set by DrugAware. As one of the first schools in the City to become DrugAware we are so pleased to see that Heathfield, like so many schools, are opting to sustain their good practice through the programme and grow in confidence as drug education practitioners.
31 Mar 2014
Rosehill School Gain the DrugAware Award
Rosehill Special School finalised their work towards becoming a DrugAware School this week to scoop the award in a health themed assembly. Andy Sloan, Head Teacher and Cheryl Steele, Deputy Head and DrugAware Coordinator welcomed us to make the award and take a look at some of the fantastic work the students have been doing as part of their drug education lessons. " DrugAware gave us a focus and opportunity for raising whole-school awareness, to make healthier, safer choices" said Cheryl "The kids obviously enjoyed it - if they don't enjoy it, they don't learn"
We were also lucky enough to get to to talk with Barney and Jonathon (pictured) from the student council, who told us in more detail about some of the work they had been involved in and showed us some displays. "Some drugs make you better, but if you take too much it doesn't make you 'too better' Joked Jonathon "It can make you iller" But jokes aside we would like to say a big DrugAware 'Well Done' to the staff, pupils and parents for their hard work.
31 Mar 2014
Nethergate Special School Prove they Stay the Course
Yasmin Cason, DrugAware coordinator at Nethergate Special School in Clifton is happy to reaccredit for a further 2 years as a DrugAware School. Yasmin has refreshed the drug education planning for the next 2 years and said, "The Jed and Ted Resources are really so easy to use, and to differentiate for our pupils' wide range of needs. The students really engage well with them" So well done to Nethergate for staying DrugAware and taking the standard right to the heart of the school.
05 Nov 2013
The Emmanuel School - This is how they do it!
The Nottingham Emmanuel School became the latest school to scoop the prestigous DrugAware Award today. The plaque was presented by Councillor Alex Norris, portfolioholder for public health with the City Council. Cllr Norris congratulated the staff and pupils for their comprehensive approach, considering the impact of all substances on social and physical health but also mental health and wellbeing. After the presentation the year 10 students continued their drug education programme with a full day dedicated to studying the risks and consequences of substance use and the importance of their choices.
The school has been very committed to delivering high quality education around Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking. A great deal of the work has been delivered through focus days but students have also received Drug Awareness education through planned tutorial sessions in tutorial time. Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 study the issue in a developmental programme that is tailored to be relevant to their experiences, whether the drug is a medicine, caffeine, alcohol or nicotine.
Richard Doorbar, PSHE coordinator said "I am delighted that we used the Drugaware materials, I know our teachers have found them very helpful when planning lessons. Wherever possible courses were designed which had direct relevance to students needs and concerns. In particular the D-Vibe surveys of student needs have enabled staff to focus on students priorities and concerns in relation to Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking Education"
As Mr Doorbar and Ms Green pointed out, this is only the start and the school will continue to deliver comprehensive drug education across all years as part of the planned approach they have developed through the DrugAware Programme.
Work completed across the school has looked at substance use in the widest context, drawing out the implications of drug use for relationships, looking at 'Risk' as a key theme and studying the dangers of alcohol and other drugs in social situations such as parties. The school linked with external providers - young people locally who had been homeless and the impact that drugs and alcohol had on their lives.
Students in year 8 especially enjoyed role play which served to help them understand the impact that drugs can have on peoples' lives. An important focus in Year 8 was on Healthy living and ways of finding pleasure and satisfaction in life without using illegal drugs. An important theme in Year 8 was to examine 'Consequences' which enabled students to appreciate the importance of planning and thinking ahead. This has enabled students to predict the dangers of Drug and Alcohol misuse for their own lives.
Work on Mental Health in Year 10 also enabled students in your school to examine the negative impact that drugs can have on health and well-being. The school's work in Year 10 on Human Rights similarly enabled students to focus on the negative impact of drug abuse on relationships.
At Emmanuel we see how a school can plan drug education well, working creatively across and beyond the curriculum for science and PSHE to deliver a focused and well coordinated and evaluated programme within the time and curriculum constraints faced by many secondaries. Well done Emmanuel!
29 Oct 2013
Legal Highs can be fatal - video
The Angelus Foundation is today launching a new film on its website for young people, http://www.whynotfindout.org. It features stand-up comic Jeff Leach and shows a catalogue of preventable deaths from new psychoactive drugs
you can watch it on youtube but could also use it to start a structured discussion around the issue using the lesson plan on the DrugAware site (find it in the members classroom area)
The website itself might provide professionals with useful information on legal highs but you will have to consider carefully if you pass the URL on to young people as it gives information on accessing legal highs that may not be appropriate at a young age.
25 Oct 2013
Portland Primary School Command Respect for their DrugAware
The message about drugs, alcohol and smoking was clear from the students at Portland Primary School "Respect Yourself" !
The school gathered together in a special assembly, attended by staff and parents, to receive the their DrugAware Award. The year 3 students shared their message , reminding us all that your body is precious and the choices we make are a big part of keeping it amazing. Portland are the 74th school to achieve the DrugAware quality standard for addressing Drugs and Alcohol through Early Intervention. The plaque was awarded by Cllr Wendy Smith and the whole-school award was coordinated by Mrs Siveyer.
11 Sep 2013
Prevention Hub Update from Mentor
Interesting articles on cannabis and the teen brain, alcohol mentions in popular music and parental intervention study results..
11 Sep 2013
DrugAware in the News
ADEPIS now features an overview of the DrugAware Programme on it's directory of evidence based programmes. Take a look.
11 Sep 2013
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Drugscope, a leading drug and alchol information provider, offers a daily updates subscription service to help keep you on top of current facts, trends and concerns related to drugs of all kinds.
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10 Sep 2013
New 'KnowDrugs' iPhone App available for parents
For the electronically minded parent this new app, costing Â£1.45 is a smart way for parents to keep up to date with current trends, risks and effects and even what to do in an emergency. Consider putting the link on your parents page or newsletter as part of your DrugAware work.
To preview go to http://www.knowdrugs.org/ or visit the app store
19 Jul 2013
Sun Shines on DrugAware Award at Southwark Primary
Staff, pupils and parents joined together to say a double well done to Southwark Primary today as they scooped a double Healthy Schools and DrugAware Award.
In a fantastic finish to the year the whole school joined together proudly to celebrate at a special award ceremony attended by Councillor Glyn Jenkins who presented the award. We asked the children what they thought a Healthy, DrugAware School meant to them and so many hands went up it was hard to choose. "It means we take care with pills and medicine", "We eat healthier lunches" "we drink water and healthy drinks, not cola or caffeine drinks"
Well done Southwark, you really are a super Healthy Drugaware school!
12 Jul 2013
Alcohol Education Trust Interactive Teaching Materials
The Alcohol Education Trust, one of our DrugAware Professional Partners, has a whole range of useful classroom materials online for Alcohol Education in Secondary Schools. Great to integrate into your planned drug education.
Why not take a look.
11 Jul 2013
DrugAware Recognised by the Institute of Fiscal Studies
The Institute of Fiscal Studies, Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transactions, has awarded DrugAware a place in the repository as an example of effective practice. It scored very highly for it's evaluative framework and fidelity.
To take a look go to
26 Mar 2013
Unity Learning Centre Make DrugAware a Piece of Cake!
Unity were awarded their DrugAware Plaque today by Cllr David Mellen. The students made a celebration cake to mark the occasion! The young people have done fantastic work with their PSHE teacher, Dr John McCarron, who spoke passionately about his desire to help young people be safer and happier, "It comes down to one word...choice" he said in his speech. Alison Glazier, Deputy Head outlined how DrugAware has transformed the way they work, using the Ngage Assessment to ensure young people receive the help they need, before problems escalate and using anonymous surveys to ensure that drug education is taught in a way that is relevant to the young people's needs. Thanks go to Lisa Barlow, Achievement Manager, for coordinating the transformation of the learning centre's approach and to all the staff and students for their continued hard work.
26 Mar 2013
Carrington Look to the future
Carrington Primary were awarded the DrugAware Award today by Councillor Jane Urquhart. The KS2 children showed of their campaign work, highlighting awareness of caffeine drinks and the tricks that advertisers play on us to influence our choices. Their 'Future Me' posters were fantastic. One child said "It is all about the young people we want to grow up to be, about our choices and how they will affect us" Chris Skeats, Head Teacher, added "These lessons and this drug awareness will stay with you in the future, I am sure of that, helping you to make safer choices and think about these things"
Some of their Future Me project work can be downloaded in the members area to inspire your class.
Special thanks go to Louisa Swankie, who coordinated putting the DrugAware programme in place at the school over the past year, ensuring all the children will have planned drug education and that the parents were involved throughout, supporting the positive health messages and ethos of the school and helping to draft the drug and alcohol policy.
Well done Carrington, here's to a safer DrugAware Future!
21 Mar 2013
Football in the Community Learning Centre Score With The DrugAware Award
Football in the Community Learning Centre, part of the work supported by Notts County Football Club is the latest school to get the DrugAware Award. During the course of the year the centre has developed drug and alcohol education activities and lessons linked to their qualifications and healthy living curriculum. They want to make sure that young people don't mess up their education and their future with substance misuse and support an early intervention approach, teaming up with Compass Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service Early Intervention Workers to address risky behaviour before it escalates. The young people all came to the event, adding yet another success to their fantastic attendance record and asked questions to the Player Ambassadors, Yoann Arquin and Gary Liddle, who came to the award ceremony. Gary, who plays for Notts County, told the students, "There were temptations to go along with friends at school, to go drinking or experiment with drugs, but I chose to say no. You need to stay fit and healthy if you want to follow your dream, to be a professional footballer"
The DrugAware Plaque was presented to Martin Carruthers, Education Manager at FITC, by Councillor Roger Steel. Cllr Steel confessed to being a lifelong Magpies fan, saying "I was very happy to support this award, not just because I am a fan of the club but also of DrugAware - it is a very important achievement for the school".
20 Mar 2013
Glade Hill are Pulling it all Together!
It's been a busy year in the City and now Glade Hill are the latest school to receive the DrugAware Award for Excellence in Early Intervention. Under the watchful eye of Nicola Rowe the teachers and pupils have transformed their drug education to make sure it now appears in every year, in a way that is relevant to children's age and experience. Ms Rowe said "Now it is all in place we just keep delivering what we have in place, year on year".
Year 1 and 2 showed us their work on safety with medicine, and our medics in the house received the award (seen) from Councillor Ginny Klein who said "This programme is fantastic, you can see it really makes a difference" The continuity in their drug education, building year on year, was evident as the whole school, years 1,2,3,4,5 and 6, all showcased their drug education work and years 3 and 4 presented their "Stop Smoking" campaign to the many parents who attended. Special thanks go to Heather Easton and the Glade Hill Supporters for their help with the drug policy, Helen Hicks, chair of Governors and, of course, Ms Sheppard, Head Teacher for their support in becoming DrugAware.
18 Mar 2013
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Primary are DrugAware
At a fabulous celebration assembly, the whole school got together to say a big 'well done' for becoming the 51st school to become DrugAware. The pupils showed their amazing video "choose to refuse" and Councillor Glyn Jenkins presented their plaque. Thanks went to Head teacher Pauline Lynch and Emma Braisby for leading on the accreditation and to all the parent, staff. governors and children who worked hard to make 'OLPS' as safer and more DrugAware school to be.
If you would like to share the video, and the inspiration with your class, it is available to download in the members' classroom materials area of the website.
18 Mar 2013
Haydn Primary are DrugAware!
Wow, the celebrations just keep on coming! Haydn are the latest school to be DrugAware. They celebrated their success today with a special assembly, attended by Councillor David Mellen who presented their plaque. The whole school has been really involved, bringing their drug education right up to date with the focus on life skills. Parents have been particularly supportive; "We have been really pleased to welcome this programme at the school, with it's focus on skills now and for the future".
Jo Horne, the school DrugAware coordinator said "Parents and children have been really pleased to focus on this issue in this way, through the DrugAware structure- they agree with the way it is being tackled so thoroughly, across the whole school, through policy and education and support". Pupils from years 3 and 6 shared their Drugaware lesson learning, showing how the programme really is relevant for all ages. Well done Haydn!
15 Mar 2013
Highbank Primary and Nursery Become a DrugAware School
Highbank Primary and Nursery became the most recent school to receive the DrugAware Award today. The school have worked hard over the previous year, updating their policy and drug education curriculum and receiving training on how to respond better to support children affected by substance use and to apply early intervention practice across the school. The children identified high levels of caffeine use as a specific area for awareness that they wanted to highlight and pupils shared their message at the special assembly where their plaque was presented by Chris Wallbanks, Early Intervention Programme Manager for Nottingham City Council. Chris said, "I was very impressed with the sensible way the year 5 pupils had considered their use of caffeine. They had come up with ways to reduce their use of caffeine drinks and make healthier choices"
Special thanks go to Paul Bannister, Head Teacher, who picked up the baton from Moira Sibbert who retired this year after coordinating the DrugAware Programme for the school. But the biggest congratulations go to the staff and pupils for getting on board with early intervention for the future.
14 Mar 2013
Educational Wellbeing Alternative Provision Are DrugAware!
The Educational Wellbeing Learning Centre received their DrugAware Award plaque in a presentation today, attended by staff and students. The Learning Centre has worked hard to develop it's programme to include drug education for all students who attend. The emphasis is on encouraging young people to think about how drugs and alcohol can affect their lives and their futures and to support them to make healthier choices. If young people come into contact with drugs the Education Link Worker will provide a personalised early intervention programme to address their risk behaviour and support them to stay drug free and within education. The DrugAware Programme continues to make a difference through early intervention with vulnerable young people across the city. Lucy Deboo, Head Teacher at At Educational Wellbeing: "We believe that young people, given the right support can turn their lives around and be everything they can be". The work seen from the young people, showing that they think very seriously about the impact of substances, shows that Educational Wellbeing Learning Centre take the potential impact of drug and alcohol on education very seriously and are acting to ensure young people do not inhibit their chances through substance misuse.
20 Dec 2012
Mentor UK Launch their New Drug Policy Toolkit
This new toolkit is full of useful information, tips and tricks to help you get up to date with substance issues in your school and also to become a DrugAware school. DrugAware have been working with Mentor UK to make sure all the DrugAware activities and processes are up to date with the toolkit and with the new DfE Advice documents. Drugware were invited to speak at the launch of the new toolkit alongside Nikki Chowdry who wrote the DfE Advice document, to share our good practice model with colleagues and see how effctive early intervention practice can positively transform substance issues schools.
You can download the toolit and the launch presentations on the Mentor UK website now www.mentorfoundation.org
Hand in hand we are working to address substance issues for children and young people and improve the quality of early intervention
19 Dec 2012
Welcome to the new Explore Family Service for those affected by drug/alcohol use
Explore Family is a new service that supports families and individuals in Nottingham City who have been affected by someone else;s drug and/or alcohol misuse. We work with partners, carers, children and young people, both one to one and in group and family settings.
Explore Family replaces WAM in the City from Jan 01 2013. A leaflet with more information about what they provided for children and young people and instructions of how to access and refer to the service is provided in the policy downloads section.
DrugAware Schools will need to update their drug policies accordingly with the correct number.0115 978 7161 / www.explorefamily.org.uk
12 Dec 2012
Rufford Primary are DrugAware!
Well done to everyone at Rufford Primary School for getting the DrugAware award. The plaque was presented by Cllr Ginny Klein, who is also a governor at Rufford Primary and Jake Wholey, a player for Notts County FC. Ginny said "I am so proud, this is early intervention at it's best" Jake, who was brought up in Bulwell, spoke with the children about the importance of avoiding substances such as caffeine if you want to be a fit and healthy footballer, and explained how the club has banned energy drinks from the training squad, providing fruit instead for it's superior energy. He encouraged the children to "eat your fruits and vegetable, drink your milk and make sure you get plenty of sleep to give you energy" The plaque will take pride of place in the school lobby as the first award received since the new school opened this year.
Each class chose a different focus for their campaign, based on an issue close to their hearts. These ranged from the infants who explored how to stay safe with medication and told parents how to store substances safely to year 4 who told parents how much smoking cost per year and the effects it could have on health. They put forward a manifesto to ban smoking in cars with children, as is in force in other countries! Year six identified caffeine use as a key issue and explored the negative effects of drinks such as cola, coffee or energy drinks on performance.
Extra thanks go to Notts County FC who support the DrugAware Programme for the home game ticket coupons which they gave to every pupil in the school as a special reward for their hard work.
Over half of City Primaries and 80% of Secondaries and Academies are now involved with the DrugAware Programme, improving outcomes for children in the city through early intervention.
10 Dec 2012
Hogarth Are DrugAware!
Hogarth became the 54th School to get the DrugAware Award today. Children received their certificates and the award plaque as part of their Little Stars Assembly. With a very festive feeling, all the children came dressed as their favourite festive character. Even santa needs to think about the risks of substances, especially at this time of year with all those mince pies and sometimes a glass of something alcoholic being left out for him at every house he visits! So well done to all at Hogarth for being DrugAware!
07 Dec 2012
Have you got D-Vibe?
D-vibe is a complete data collection, analysis and evaluation tool for drugs issues and education. Developed on effective research models and fully tested and developed with young people and professional users, it is available as a licence for use with schools or organisations wishing to know more about the drug related behaviours, knowledge and experiences of young people.
Using unique log ins, created by you, the user, D-vibe enables you to collect a range of drug related data for any number of cohorts required. The survey includes questions to evaluate knowledge, skills, beliefs and experiences around drugs of all kinds.
Once the planned lessons have been delivered you can repeat the survey, adding a second pass to evaluate changes as a result of the learning.
Year on year D-Vibe can support you to make your drug education the best it can be for all ages.
Surveys are available for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 and all information can be filtered by ethnicity, vulnerability, age, gender etc.
All questions have a 'listen' button for assisting reading.
Rounded up resilience scores, aggregating all 'ideal answers' ; for each group are shown for each group to provide a quick snapshot.
D-vibe can be used by any school or organisation to collect data for many purposes:
- Locally, to develop education programmes
- To support commissioning
- To anonymously establish drug experience and use in populations and groups
- By entire authorities to compile multiple organisation data in separate and aggregated reports
- To establish baseline data for reports, to make cases and present need to governors and boards
- To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific providers, interventions and strategies over time.
D-vibe is supplied free as part of the DrugAware Programme or available as a 2-year single user license, with up to 50 separate surveys or as a corporate licence allowing you to create up to 300 individual single user licences,
with multiple user data viewable locally and centrally by a main administrator.
Contact email@example.com for more information / costs
06 Aug 2012
A Review of the D-Vibe Survey by Reah Badwal from Fernwood School
Surveys aren't always the most exciting thing to do, but the one on the D-Vibe website manages to keep you engaged and interested while answering the questions so you don't get bored! And in the rare occasion you do, there is a handy progress bar at the top, telling you how much you've got left!
It has easy and interesting questions, as well as lots of answer options, so you don't get stuck! The questions test your knowledge but also make you think and helps give your self a guide on how much you really know. When I was doing the survey, there were questions I didn't know the answers to. Although it doesn't matter whether you know the answers or not, it helps you figure out how much you know and realise that you might want to find out more on Drugs and Alcohol. Also the questions vary as well, so if you get bored of clicking boxes, there are a few questions where you get to type your own responses - but don't worry its only a few sentences, so you won't be writing paragraphs!
It looks fun and interesting with bright colours and colourful illustrations, so it's not just chunks of writing! As well as being EASY to use, the survey is made accessible, with options to listen to the answer responses, so as many people as possible can enjoy the survey!
You are sometimes asked questions about personal opinions etc. but the survey is anonymous which means no one will know what answers you choose. Hopefully that will make you feel more comfortable answering truthfully, because you wont get in trouble for anything you say. But your honest answers are still important to be used as a guide of improvements on what school can do to let more people know about drugs and alcohol and make sure you can make sensible decisions and keep safe!
This survey is very useful. Not only will you be testing you're knowledge and having a bit of fun, but you will be helping teachers and other groups know what needs to be done to help you!