Effective drug and alcohol education is essential in tackling the problem of drug and alcohol misuse. Education plays an important role in helping to ensure that young people are equipped with the information they need to make informed, healthy decisions and to keep themselves safe.
Drug education is part of National Curriculum science at Key Stage 2 and 3. Provision in this area can be built on through non-statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE). We encourage all schools to teach PSHE and have outlined this expectation in the introduction to the National Curriculum.
Many schools draw on materials produced by expert organisations for example, the PSHE Association non-statutory programme of study and evidence provided by tools such as ADEPIS.
We will be further considering PSHE in the context of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which provides for a power to make PSHE, or elements therein, mandatory in all schools, subject to careful consideration.