The aim of the Drug Education Policy is to provide a foundation for an effective drug education programme.
- To assist students in enabling them to make healthy informed choices and decisions.
- To help students establish healthy lifestyles.
- To aid students in building positive values and attitudes.
- Whilst an effective drug education programme cannot possibly eradicate all drug abuse, it aims to reduce potential harm to students.
The Provision of Drug Education:
- The Attic Learning Centre accepts that it has a duty to inform and educate all students on the consequences of drug use and misuse. This will be done within the Personal, Social and Health curriculum at an appropriate level to all Years and through other areas of the curriculum especially Science.
- The Attic Learning Centre does not condone the misuse of drugs and alcohol by members of the Attic Learning Centre, nor the illegal supply of these substances.
- The Attic Learning Centre acknowledges the importance of its pastoral role in the welfare of the students and through the general ethos of the Attic Learning Centre, will seek to persuade students in need of support to come forward.
- Drug education will be delivered by PSHE and Science staff as well as visiting speakers (e.g. Matthew Project) with varying methods of delivery to ensure effective coverage.
- The issue of provision for students who miss part of the programme is addressed through small group and 1:1 work.
- The Attic Learning Centre follows relevant county guidance on drugs education.
The role of the Teacher in Charge and the governing body:
- The Teacher in Charge takes overall responsibility for the policy and its implementation, liaison with parents, Local Authority and appropriate outside agencies.
- In instances involving the possession, misuse or supply of illegal substances on the Attic Learning Centre premises, the Teacher in Charge and any staff involved should act in accordance with the Drug Related Incident Policy.
Co-ordination of the drug education programme is part of the responsibility of the PSHE co-ordinator working in collaboration with the Science Teacher. The role of the co-ordinator includes:
- Co-ordinating the teaching of drug education within the PSHE programme by supporting the staff with skills, knowledge and appropriate resources.
- Co-ordinating any out of Attic Learning Centre links e.g. Matthew Project.
- Updating staff in any government or county initiatives.
Confidentiality and Child Protection:
All matters relating to Child Protection issues are confidential.
Students may, at times, confide in any member of staff concerning their personal problems. Whilst this is welcomed and encouraged, it is necessary that in such cases, staff should declare, in advance, a contract to the effect that they are willing to accept such a confidence on condition that they are trusted to use the information given in the best interests of those concerned.
All child protection concerns should be immediately referred to the Teacher In Charge.
Monitoring, Reviewing and Evaluation:
Effective monitoring of outcomes will be carried out annually by the PSHE team. This will be done through feedback from students informally and formally.
Review and evaluation of the policy will be ongoing by:
- Informal means i.e. feedback from students, staff and parents.
- Formal means through the 2-3 year cycle of policy reviews. (This will be the role of the PSHE Co-ordinator).
- The programme needs to reflect and respond to the ever changing drug scene. Drug education aims to be flexible so as to respond to the needs of the students and the local community at any one time.
Role of Parents and Carers:
- The Attic Learning Centre hopes that parents will support and encourage the drugs education programme at Attic Learning Centre. A copy of the policy is available in Attic Learning Centre for every parent/carer if required.
Date: February 2011