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News and views from the Drug Education Forum

Important information on the primary curriculum

Via email:
Dear colleague
As you are aware the previous government accepted recommendations put forward by Sir Jim Rose to implement a new primary curriculum from September 2011. I’m sure you will also be aware that Department for Education (DfE) ministers announced on Monday that the new government doesn’t intend to proceed with the proposed new primary curriculum.
DfE ministers feel that

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Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects

The EU have a new website, RAYPRO (Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects), about which they say:
The on-line database RAYPRO, a Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects, enables to share information on projects and activities to reduce alcohol-related harm among children and young people, and promotes good practice based on sound evaluation of effectiveness.
The database includes sections that

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The Role of Science in Drug Policy

On the day that David Willetts moves to allow scientific advisers to hold different views on policy to government, Kathy Gyngell uses her blog to look at the value of scientific thinking and it’s limits.
Of interest to this audience is the case Kathy makes around focusing more around brain science. 
She says about the work of Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology at Harvard

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Primary Curriculum to be Scrapped

The primary curriculum developed by Sir Jim Rose for the last government is to be scrapped before it is even implemented.
The Guardian report: 
The new primary curriculum, which was due to start in September next year, would have split primary teaching into six new "areas of learning", with information and communication technology (ICT) a core skill. Stopping it, and cutting

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Mentor Foundation Seminar

Mentor International has uploaded a set of presentations from a seminar they held last month in Washington.
These include:

Challenges for Application of Effective Prevention
Eve Reider, Deputy Branch Chief, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, NIDA
The Way Forward for Drug Abuse Prevention
Elizabeth Robertson, Chief of the Prevention Research

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Supporting School Drug Education – Seminar Presentations

Many schools use other organisations to support their activities around drug education and prevention. 
How to do this successfully, and to be sure about the impact that is being had, was the subject of a Drug Education Forum seminar held in Manchester on Friday 4 June.
Kids and Adults Together
We were fortunate to be able to attract Dr Jeremey Segrott and Heather Rothwell, from the

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2010 Annual Evidence Update – Drugs misuse – treatment in offender populations

Via email, I’ve been asked to bring this to your attention:
The National Library for Public Health, a Specialist Collection of NHS Evidence, publish their second Annual Evidence Update on drugs misuse on 7 June 2010. The theme for this update is Drugs misuse treatment in offender populations. This year, as well as identifying a number of new guidelines and key policy documents, there is a

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Prevention and Evaluation Resources Kit (PERK)

The EMCDDA have produced a Prevention and Evaluation Resources Kit (PERK).  They say:
This Prevention and Evaluation Resources Kit (PERK) compiles basic but evidence-based prevention principles, planning rules and evaluation tips. Additionally, it provides related documentation or references for download; it is hoped that this additional material will be particularly useful for readers who

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links for 2010-06-08

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NICE podcast on preventing binge drinking

NICE have a podcast in which Professor Eileen Kaner and Professor Anne Ludbrook discuss  public health guidance that aims to tackle alcohol consumption, binge drinking and alcohol-related deaths across the UK.
You can listen to the podcast here and see the guidance in full here.
Looking at the guidance the key recommendations appear to be around marketing and then offering support to

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This blog tries to pick up relevant media and research stories about drug education. It mainly focuses on information in England as this is the geographical remit for the Drug Education Forum. We welcome comments that are on topic.

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July 2021