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Changes to Drug Education

The media are clearly no respectors of embargos as they’re running the story about the announcement of changes to sex and relationships education and drug education ahead of the announcement later this morning.

The Telegraph’s focus is very much on SRE, but towards the end of the story they say:

New-style lessons on drugs and alcohol lessons will also be overhauled.

Primary school pupils will be given warnings on avoiding medicines and prescription drugs left in the home – as well recognising the difference between soft drinks and alcohol.

Stephen Burgess, national director of Life Education Centres, the health charity, said: “If we want to make a real and lasting difference to teenage drug and alcohol misuse, we must reach them early – at primary school. Then, as they reach adolescence and are most at risk from peer influence, they can make informed decisions based on fact rather than hearsay.”

The Daily Mail on the other hand focus on drug education:

Children as young as seven will learn about drugs such as cocaine, Ecstasy and heroin under plans to reform sex and drugs education. 

Lessons will begin at a younger age than currently despite fears they will spark an interest in experimenting where none previously existed. 

Pupils aged five will learn to label body parts and how to keep safe from syringes under the shake-up, which is designed to tackle soaring levels of drug abuse and teen pregnancies. 

The BBCITN and Channel 4 focus exclusively on SRE.

You’ll have to come back here at 9:30 to see the full details and to find out if what the they say are correct.

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One Response

  1. Harry says:

    Daily Mail:

    “Lessons will begin at a younger age than currently despite fears they will spark an interest in experimenting where none previously existed.”

    *Who* has these fears? Where do they get this stuff from?!

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