Health Education: Drugs

Education written question – answered on 4th July 2013.

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Photo of Nick de Bois Nick de Bois Conservative, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the time schools dedicate to teaching students about the risks associated with (a) illegal drugs, (b) prescription drugs and (c) legal highs; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department does not estimate the amount of teaching time schools dedicate to teaching about illegal or prescription drugs, or legal highs.

All pupils should be educated about the dangers and effects of drugs, and drug education forms part of the national curriculum for science. This ensures that pupils are taught about the effects of drugs on behaviour, health and life processes. Provision in this area can be built on and extended through non-statutory personal, social and health education (PSHE), should schools choose to do so.

Understanding the risks associated with drugs is an important part of young people's education. To support this we launched the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) on 13 April 2013, run by the charity Mentor UK, which provides high quality information and advice to practitioners, including teachers. The Department is also funding the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) up to March 2014. CAYT have set up an open-access data bank of quality assured impact studies on services and programmes that support the development of young people. The database will enable schools, commissioners and others to choose the best programmes with a strong evidence of impact.

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