The Guardian carries a story about the amount and effectiveness of drug education in schools. The story comes from a report issued by Ofsted:
Ofsted said most of schools in the survey, which were chosen for their good records on health matters, were making ‘a valuable contribution’ children’s well-being.
But inspectors said all schools in England should make sure they highlight the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
Drug education in schools ‘continues to present a very mixed picture’, the report said.
‘While drugs education featured in most schools’ planning, and there was provision for drugs education in all the schools, there was too little focus on the social implications of drug-taking.
The report, Healthy schools, healthy children makes a number of other key points, including:
The NHSP had a positive impact in all the schools. Almost all the survey schools were strongly and actively committed to improving pupils health and well-being.
In all the schools, personal, social and health education (PSHE) played a positive role in promoting pupils health and well-being, but effective assessment of it, linked to clear learning objectives and outcomes, was absent. Little use had been made of the assessment guidance from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
In 13 of the 18 survey schools, pupils were taught the skills and understanding to make healthy choices but a minority of the schools focused too little on the potential impact of drugs, smoking and alcohol on
pupils lives. Schools that contributed well to pupils health and well-being used external agencies very effectively, especially to teach about drugs, and sex and relationships education.
The BBC also cover the story.
You can read the Drug Education Forum’s response here.
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