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  1. Implementing evidence-based substance use prevention curricula with fidelity: the role of teacher training

    It is widely recognized that teacher training affects the fidelity with which evidence-based substance use prevention curricula are implemented. This article presents the results of a 2005 survey of teachers from a nationally representative sample of 1721 public middle schools in the US (78.1% response rate).It measured fidelity along two dimensions (adherence and dose) and also assessed the number of hours, recency, and perceived effectiveness of teachers’ training, as well as the degree to which adherence was emphasized during training. …

  2. Skills for drug education in schools: a manual for teachers and trainers

    This comprehensive training manual is suitable for teachers and trainers to support the implementation of a skills-based drug education programme in schools. It is based on evidence-based principles of drug education in schools. It was developed through a consultation process involving school education authorities and drug implementation agencies of participating countries to ensure its relevance to the target group. The focus of the manual is on the training of teachers and trainers on the skills for drug education, utilizing experimental learning approaches. …

  3. Four questions to ask as school governors

    This two-sided briefing paper lists the most important questions that governors should be asking head teachers. 1) How does our PSHE provision match up to Ofsted’s standards? 2) How does our curriculum prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life? Are pupils learning how to make good decisions when faced with risky situations? 3) Are drug-related incidents managed with confidence and consistency, and in the best interests of those involved? …

  4. Legal highs and novel psychoactive substances (NPS)

    The growing popularity of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) is causing wide confusion among the public. This briefing paper is intended to provide basic information for teachers and practitioners willing to include these substances in their alcohol and drug education programme.

  5. Identifying and supporting children affected by parental substance use: resource for schools

    When schools and teachers think about ‘drugs’, they may often initially focus on incidents on school grounds and how to respond to them, students at risk of using substances, or perhaps about drug education. However, substance use can impact the lives of young people in many ways, especially if they are affected by problematic drug or alcohol use in their own homes. This resource aims to summarise the key issues for children affected by parental substance use, and how schools can consider supporting them. …

  6. Efficient needs assessment in schools

    An effective programme of alcohol and drug education needs to be tailored to meet pupils’ requirements and priorities, meaning that both pupils’ needs and learning processes must be regularly assessed. This paper outlines the different and complementary ways to make an assessment, exploring the following questions: Where should teachers begin? What is needs assessment within alcohol and drug education? How can needs assessment inform alcohol and drug education programme planning? …

  7. E-cigarettes and nicotine containing products (NCPs)

    Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices designed to deliver nicotine in a toxin-free vapour. These devices generally tend to simulate tobacco smoking. However, whilst many are designed and produced to look and feel like traditional cigarettes, others have different shapes and designs, and not all produce vapour. Whilst there is currently lack of clear information and regulation around e-cigarettes and non-licensed Nicotine Containing Products, this briefing paper sets out what schools need to know about these products, and their use among young people. …

  8. Early intervention and prevention

    This briefing paper is aimed at informing teachers and practitioners involved in the delivery of alcohol and drug education and prevention. In the paper the authors set out the importance of Early Intervention as a preventative measure that offers children and young people the necessary social and emotional skills to help them make more positive and informed life choices. This briefing paper is part of a series produced by Mentor ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners.

  9. Delivering alcohol and drug education: advice for teachers

    This briefing paper provides advice and tips for teachers and educators responsible for delivering alcohol and drug education. Questions for schools: 1. What are the key principles of alcohol and drug education? 2. How do we get ready to teach? 3. What teaching methods shall we use?

  10. A situation analysis of the education sector response to HIV, drugs and sexual health in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste

    This review is a synthesis of situation-response analyses (SRA) on the education sector response to HIV, drugs and sexual health undertaken in five countries: Brunei Darussalam (2012), Indonesia (2010), Malaysia (2012), the Philippines (2012) and Timor-Leste (2012). The five SRAs were developed and supported by UNESCO Jakarta (Regional Office for Science and Cluster office for Education) in close consultation with the Ministry of Education (MoE) of each country and in most cases have received official statements of endorsement from each respective ministry. …

  11. Life skills-based education for drug use prevention training manual

    The aim of this manual is to introduce teachers and others who work with young people to a way of teaching drug education and other health issues such as HIV/AIDS based on the development of links between knowledge, value and skills. …

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