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Quality standards for effective alcohol and drug education

Quality standards for effective alcohol and drug education

Mentor-ADEPIS have produced quality standards for alcohol and drug education.

The standards – comprising statements explaining the criteria for meeting each requirement – are coupled with the following supporting tools:

  • Further reading and resources;
  • Indicative examples of how standards might be evidenced;
  • Self assessment forms.

Download the full list of resources here


Who are these standards for?
Each set of standards has been produced for a specific target group:

  • Delivering effective alcohol and drug education in the classroom as part of a planned PSHE programme: Primary and secondary schools, independent practitioners or anyone else delivering alcohol and drug education, in formal or informal environments.
  • School context for effective alcohol and drug education: School leaders and governing bodies, as well as other members of staff in primary and secondary schools – including free schools, academies, private schools, and faith schools – responsible for, or involved in the delivery of alcohol and drug education or policy.
  • Staff policies and safeguarding: External agencies delivering alcohol and drug education within schools and employing staff and/or volunteers.


Why are these standards helpful?
The quality standards will help schools and practitioners:

  • Meet their statutory obligation to promote children’s wellbeing and develop a healthy environment.
  • Meet their statutory obligations to deliver alcohol and drug education.
  • Provide evidence of effectiveness for Ofsted inspections.
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