SRE / Drugs Ed. Policy

(Including tobacco, alcohol, solvent abuse, legal and illegal drugs).

Consultation Process

  1. In line with the principle of participation and partnership, the following were consulted when drawing up this policy:
    1. SMT including Headteacher/Deputy Head
    2. SENCO
    3. School Nurse
    4. PSHE Staff

Policy Statement for Drug Education

  1. The past decade has seen an increase in the prevalence of drug use in society. No school is immune from the effects of alcohol, tobacco, solvents or drugs, legal and illegal, upon its students, their families and the local community. The acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills, which enable students to consider the effects of drugs on themselves and others, is of vital importance. The ability to make informed and healthy decisions about the use of drugs should be part of abroad and balanced health education curriculum.

Aims of the Drug Education Programme

  1. encourage students to reject drugs because they believe it to be the right way to behave not just because they are told to say, ‘No’.
  2. enable students to make healthy, informed choices by increasing knowledge, challenging attitudes and developing skills.
  3. provide accurate information allowing informed choices and decisions to be made.
  4. encourage responsible behaviour in relation to substance use and misuse.
  5. understand the implications and possible consequences of use and misuse.
  6. explore related health and social issues e.g. HIV/Aids and crime.
  7. foster and develop self esteem.
  8. develop skills to cope with a drug offer situation.
  9. minimise the risks faced by users and potential users.
  10. enable students to identify sources of appropriate personal and professional support.

Elements of the Drug Education Policy

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. information about legal and illegal drugs and their effects and associated health risks.
  2. terminology, both scientific and colloquial, including: use, misuse, abuse, addiction, tolerance, dependence, overdose, withdrawal and adulteration.
  3. different categories of drugs including stimulants, depressants, analgesics and hallucinogens.
  4. the law relating to drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
  5. the misuse of drugs in sport.
  6. the effects of different levels of intake of alcohol.
  7. attitudes and beliefs about drugs and drug users among different groups in society.
  8. advice and support available within the locality as well as national helplines and organisations.


  1. identifying risks to health.
  2. communicating with peers, parents and professionals.
  3. decision making and assertiveness in situations relating to drug misuse.
  4. recognition and awareness of the impact of the media including advertising on young people’s thinking.
  5. develop self confidence and improve self esteem.
  6. securing help, if needed.


  1. taking responsibility for one’s own as well as other people’s safety
  2. recognising oneself as a role model and accepting responsibility for one’s
  3. to promote respect towards laws relating to drugs.

Organisation of Drugs Education Programme

Staffing Timetable

  1. The PSHE co-ordinators are responsible for Health/Drug Education throughout the school.
  2. Staff deliver the Drug Education Programme during PSHE lessons. Outside speakers e.g. police/health practitioners are invited to speak to groups as appropriate.
  3. Years 7 – 11 each have one timetabled lesson of 40 minutes per week of PSHE.


  1. Drug Education is delivered through a scheme of planned lessons giving consideration to Students’ previous knowledge and level of maturity as well as age and ability. The following teaching strategies are used:
    1. Exposition
    2. Role play.
    3. Discussion and feedback.
    4. Group work.
    5. Structured games.
    6. Videos
    7. Visiting speakers.

Staff Training

  1. In service training is provided as appropriate. Induction training is offered to new teachers joining the school staff; this covers the school’s approach to drug education including the Disciplinary and Dismissal policy for dealing with drug related incidents.

Resources (Examples)

  1. Derbyshire County Council in association with D.A.A.T.

Alcohol work pack (a range of activities around the misuse of alcohol)

Some school base resources added.

  1. Derbyshire County Council

Simply Drug Education. ( work pack with photo’s games and situations  and body organs.) A practical, low literacy approach to drug education for use  with 11 to 18 year olds in special education.

  1. Derbyshire County Council in association with D.A.A.T.

Park Life ( strategies board game for drug related incidents)

  1. Chalkface Booklets
  2. Look after your self (CD rom)

Dealing with Drug-related Incidents

Statement of Principles

  1. The School forbids the misuse of drugs including tobacco, alcohol, solvents, legal and illegal drugs including their supply in accordance with the law.
    1. The boundaries of this policy include:
    2. The School and its environment.
    3. Whilst on school transport.
    4.   Reported incidents which bring the School name into    disrepute
    5. The school is committed to the health and safety of its students and staff and will take action to safeguard their well being.
    6. The Head Teacher will take the final decision on any response to an incident in close consultation with the SMT and other staff.
    7. In making a decision the school will seek to balance the interests of the student/s involved, other students and the local community.

Categories of incidents

i   Hearing about or witnessing suspicious activities

ii  Students found using suspicious substances eg sniffing   aerosols, swallowing tablets, smoking

iii  Students caught in possession of drugs (including alcohol).

iv  Students caught dealing substances.

v   Other people on school premises behaving irresponsibly with potentially hazardous substances.


Guidelines for incidents in Category 1

  1. Where evidence is based on suspicious activities or hearsay with no direct evidence the following action should be taken:
    1. Inform the Head of Discipline who will investigate the problem, gather information and interview the student.
    2. A referral to the Head/Deputy may be appropriate.
    3. If there is a health/welfare issue this will involve the parents and possibly outside agencies.
    4. The results of the investigation will normally be fed to the original referring member of staff.
    5. Report on incident to be filed.


Guidelines for incidents in Categories 2 – 4

  1. Remove evidence if not hidden (staff must not search a student but may.
  2. Ask them to empty pockets, bags etc). Do not directly handle syringes.
  3. Inform Head/Deputy immediately.
  4. Head/Deputy/Head of Discipline will isolate and interview Student/s
  5. Parents will be contacted and in some cases they will be asked to come into school immediately.
  6. Students caught in possession of drugs will normally be excluded with immediate effect. The length of this exclusion will be at the discretion of the Head Teacher. The incident may result in a permanent exclusion.
  7. A Student/s caught dealing or handling illegal drugs will be excluded. In such a case the police will be informed and involved.
  8. Report on incident to be filed.

Guidelines for incidents in Category 5

  1. This will depend on circumstances but may include:
    1. ask person to leave the premises.
    2. inform the police.
    3. inform other local schools.

Where the drug involved is tobacco –

  1. Students who are found smoking or to be in possession of cigarettes, other tobacco substances, lighters, matches etc
    1. Smoking materials will be removed from students (staff must not search a student but may ask them to empty pockets, bags etc)
    2. Head or SMT to be informed and will interview student/s.
    3. A warning will be issued that further incidents may result a fixed term exclusion.
    4. Letter or phone home to parents.
    5. Report on incident to be filed on school incident report form.


Further information can be found in the Document:- Dealing with Drug-related Incidents (Derby City Council)

NB Smoking is prohibited throughout all areas of the school buildings and grounds.


 Dissemination of the Policy

  1. This policy and the details of the School’s Drugs/Health programme are available on request to:
    1. Teachers
    2. Parents
    3. School inspectors
    4. School Health staff
    5. Community agencies including Police, Drug Strategy Teams etc.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  1. The PSHE team is committed to the monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Programme. This is achieved by:
    1. Student/staff feedback.
    2. Parental feedback.
    3. Annual reviews.
    4. School Inspection.
    5. Professional Development.

School Health

  1. The School has a duty towards and is concerned about the health and welfare of all employees and students. It is therefore School policy to:
    1. promote a responsible attitude to the consumption of alcohol.
    2. offer assistance to those employees who require it.
    3. treat alcohol and substance abuse as a health problem and arrange for employees to seek professional assistance.