I had the privilege of attending the launch day for this fantastic website and educational resource. Through the use of games, quizzes and interactive scenarios young people can experience what the consequences and implications of drinking alcohol irresponsibly are, whilst in the safety of their own home / school etc.
I have utilised this website as part of our PSHCE Health programme within the school and it was very well received by our students who enjoyed the broad range of activities and areas available. Furthermore, it complimented the lessons that we had already completed in the classroom on alcohol awareness by allowing students the opportunity to put what they had learned into practice – which I think is one of the unique selling points of the site. From a teaching perspective, I always encourage experiential learning where possible and this website is perfect for that.
Young people are engaged when a resource is fun, interactive and easily usable – this website ticks all of those boxes. What-is-more it is realistic in its expectations of young people. At no point are they told to not drink alcohol, but always the message is that they should use it responsibly and keep themselves safe, therefore young people are able to take responsibility and ownership of their own safety and make informed decisions when it comes to alcohol. I would have no hesitation in recommending this website to any organisation or parent who is looking to educate their child on alcohol awareness, I fully intend on showing it to my own children. Head of PSHE , The Dorchester Thomas Hardye School, Dorset.
I used the AET Teacher Workbook for lesson plans and materials for the LEAF Alcohol Programme last year. I used this resource with all of Year 8 over the period of four lessons and with Year 9 over two lessons.
I found the resource easy to use. The layout is clear and there is an option to use the worksheets as they stand or to adapt them to meet the needs of your class. The suggested activities also have scope to fit in with the needs of your class and can easily be changed as questions and issues arise. I liked the flexibility of this.
The resource allowed me to feel confident when delivering these lessons as it is backed up with evidence and statistics. I found my students liked having the facts. It also used language that my students understood and allowed me to feel sure that I was giving the correct information.
The links to the website mean that the resource is ‘live’ and can be kept current. This is essential for any PSHE resource. I would recommend this resource to other teachers. Christ the King College
I used (and am continuing to use) the AET Teacher Workbook with my Year 8 SMC classes, with follow up classes when students get to Year 9. I found the resources very easy to use and like the fact that the Workbook contained useful worksheets that were easy to photocopy and distribute to students. The accompanying website was very good too and easy to navigate – it had lots of additional items and activities and my students particularly like the real life stories of young people who had been affected by alcohol. Myself and students really enjoyed playing the 24 hour alcohol clock game that showed how long it takes to get one unit of alcohol out of your system and it certainly has had an impact on me as I now will not drive the day after having a ‘big night out’ as I know that I will still be over the limit. The resources have had a big impact on my students too and they are respectful and have learnt a lot about the power and dangers of alcohol. A lot of them have shared what they’ve learnt with parents/carers too… Sandra Saint from the AET came to school when it was Parents Evening and ran a stall there and this had a lot of impact. The resources are very user friendly, very well researched and include lesson plans and suggested activities. I will continue to use these resources as I really believe that they delay the onset of early teenage drinking. Jarrow school, Tyne and Wear.
“The AET’s Talk About Alcohol project equips schools with the resources and training staff need to be able to offer a comprehensive alcohol education curriculum to their pupils. In addition this supports a Public Health priority to see a reduction in the number of young people drinking alcohol and ensuring they have the skills and guidance to make informed choices.” Christina Hardy, Public Health Practitioner, Tyneside.
We have worked closely over the last 6 years with Helena and colleagues at the Alcohol Education Trust and I am delighted to be asked to write to endorse their work. The AET has supported us enormously in terms of our drug education work and I have outlined just a few examples below :-
– Attendance at both our PSHE Leads meetings and our Young People’s Substance Misuse Meeting to showcase the excellent AET materials to which we signpost all of our secondary schools and other young people’s settings. – Delivery of alcohol awareness sessions for parents at local schools, which are always pitched at exactly the right level and are extremely well received.
– Practical, sensible and helpful advice for parents on the AET website – we send this link out to all parents’ groups as a matter of course at Christmas time and before the school holidays. We have received lots of positive feedback from parents about how useful this is.
– Most of all the excellent interactive resources on the website which are very clear and which have everything a teacher needs to deliver the sessions. We especially like the set of films with accompanying activities which are great for promoting harm reduction messages.
On a personal note I have always found Helena and her colleagues to be extremely approachable, reliable and supportive : any request for speakers or resources is always met with a positive and enthusiastic response . It is also reassuring that we are always asked for feedback and evaluation of anything new , so that we feel very much partners in the development of the work and so that we are able to ensure collectively that the approach is based on a clear evidence base .I look forward to a successful continued partnership with the AET. Drug Education Consultant School Improvement; Achievement Service, Bath and North East Somerset Council
Public Health Staffordshire has commissioned Entrust (a partnership of Local Authority & Capita) to work with educational settings on the alcohol agenda.We have worked in partnership with AET and have valued the support and first class materials that have been on offer to educational establishments. All of the schools have been given the opportunity of a copy the AET workbook and use it to support their alcohol education curriculum within the PSHE education. The regularly produced newsletter is a constant update of knowledge, statistics and ideas to develop or enhance alcohol education.We would support any bid in order to continue with this excellent source of innovative alcohol education.Teacher Consultant Behaviour, Health and Well Being Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Services
As PSHE coordinator, I have been aware of the ‘Talk About Alcohol’ site and the excellent range of teacher resources available from your organisation. I use these in my lessons at year 7, 9 and 10. I discovered the ‘Talk About Alcohol’ site over a year ago, and have since recommended it to other PSHE leads in surrounding schools. I found that your resources are so well thought through, and excellent for engaging students in the topic of Alcohol Education. Glenthorne High School, Sutton Common, Road Sutton
Thank you so much Jane for the resources. The section on units will be a great help for my students. In fact the whole book is fantastic. Head of PSHCE, The Wye Valley School.
I have just received the FREE Alcohol Teacher resource pack. It is EXCELLENT. If you have not ordered yours yet please contact Jane ASAP. PSHE Co-ordinator (Secondary), Personal, Social & Health Education Peterborough City Council, Children’s Services, Education and Resources, 2nd Floor, Bayard Place, Broadway, Peterborough
Re workbook and DVD and booklets – All recieved and looking really useful – in fact I’ve just changed my plans for year 11 next lesson after looking at the teacher book 🙂 Head of Personal, Social, Health and Religious Education, Chew Valley school, Chew Lane, Chew Magna
A fantastic website and set of resources. Head of CPSE, The Chantry School, Martley, Worcester.
We gave your leaflets to all our year 9 and 10 parents who attended our ‘Meet the Tutor ‘evenings. We also had them available for parents on our Year 11 Parents Evening. I also gave a copy of the student leaflet to every girl in Years 9, 10 and 11.We put a copy of the DVD and the leaflets on our VLE , which can be accessed by all our parents, and we sent out a letter to parents of our year 9-11 students to make them aware that this was available.I am really grateful for your support and we may be able to make further use of your help in the future. Head of PSHE, Chelmsford County High School for Girls
I have just come across your contact details on www.talkaboutalcohol.com and I would just like to say what an amazing website. I have found it really useful and will be using it to teach alcohol to my students. Outreach Coordinator/ CAF Assessor, Northampton
I have received your letter and leaflets-which look fantastic. I would like to order some of these- I have also had a look at the website and will definitely use and recommend it to others. Head of PSHE
Many thanks for sending the booklet – it is really impressive and has lots of information in it.Your website is really useful and seems really young people friendly, I have attached it to the relevant pages on our website. Just Ask Nottingham
Dudley PCT are looking to order some of the leaflets on alcohol for parents, could you tell me if I can order the ones you have on the website. Alcohol Health Promotion Adviser, Dudley
I have just received a copy of the AET teacher workbook and resources! Thank you so much, the standard of the resources in the Teacher workbook is excellent. The student guide and parent guide are informative and age appropriate.
Having previously purchased expensive alcohol educational resourcesfrom various companies I have found most to be lacking in detail and not age appropriate. I am planning to use your resources this term with year 9 and will feed back to you when the unit is completed. Once again, thank you and keep up the good work. PSHE Coordinator Halewood Academy
Yes these were brilliant. We used the website and booklets in conjunction with Solomon Theatre performance and workshop and the kids loved it as well as learning! Head of PSHE, Hounsdown School, Hants
We provide resources to schools and parents as well as large numbers of young people who attend the centre. Please send resources for parents and young people. We would be interested in having as many as you can spare so we can distribute them. I thought your presentation for parents and all the hints and tips were excellent. Project Manager, FUEL, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
Young addaction work within secondary schools, in youth groups, on outreach and with 1:1 referals. As it is alcohol week coming up we have booked into see all secondary schools and colleges in the surrounding area. Anything you could spare that you think would be useful to aid us in any element would be appreciated. Young People and Family Alcohol Worker, Addaction, Worthing
I have read both of your leaflets ‘Alcohol and you’ and ‘Talking to kids about Alcohol’ and I feel it is exactly the kind of information the students I teach need to hear. PSHE Teacher, Chelmsford County High School for Girls
I work in a young person’s centre were we provide a ‘one stop shop’ service for young people between the age of 11-25yrs. Alcohol is a major acceptable problem with young people in this area and we are trying to source excellent information to aid young drinkers to be more responsible especially over the festive session.We have came across you leaflets and they are excellent and I would love to have them on our shelves and to distribute them to our young people and schools. Senior Youth Facilitator, Find project, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
I am a PSHE lead in a secondary school. I have looked at the website and teacher resources and it looks great and is definitely something I will be incorporating into my PSHE programme. PSHE Lead, Westlands School, Torquay
I have just had a look at your booklet: Alcohol and You. Facts about alcohol, staying safe and what to do if things go wrong.I am very impressed with the booklet and we would like to use it at our school as part of our PSHE lessons. PSHE Coordinator, Penair School, Truro
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS EMAIL, THE RESOURCES LOOK GREAT! Altrincham Grammar School For Boys
I would be very interested in being signed up for your email list. I will be researching the site with great interest – it could save me a lot of time trawling elsewhere! ALEC Educator, Inverurie Academy, Inverurie
I am a Parent Support Adviser in the Falmouth district. Would it be possible for you to send me some resources on alcohol and the effects and damage it can do to your body. I would be grateful too if you could send me some information to give to parents of teenagers which I am currently working with, this hopefully supporting the children to make positive choices during their teenage years. If you have a DVD/CD of resources this would be very useful as I could lend it out to parents who have difficulty in reading. Parent Support Adviser, Falmouth School, Falmouth, Cornwall
As KS3 PSHE co-ordinator, I’m currently writing schemes of work around Legal and Illegal Drugs for Year 8. At least 2 of our lessons will be on alcohol, so I’d appreciate the chance to use the resources and short film on AIM’s DVD if you still have copies. The Corsham School, Corsham, Wiltshire
I got your details on www.drinkaware website. I am working with young people in the hairdressing industry and through our safeguarding procedure need to help teenager be aware of the dangers in drink. Have you any leaflets you could let me have for them to take away in a mini workshop i am planning. I thank you in anticipation. Central Region Training Coordinator
I’m the Health Development Worker for CwmNi, which is the Communities First Partnership for the Treherbert Ward. We’re in the process of putting together a pack to compliment our alcohol awareness campaign. Could we request 20 packs of your conversation cards to hold in the office to distribute with our packs. Community Health Development Worker, CwmNi, Treherbert, Rhondda Cynon Taff
I would be very interested in the booklets for students and also the DVD. We already use your online resources which we find very useful PSHE Co-ordinator, Ribston Hall High School Gloucs
I have recently received your information regarding alcohol education and was really impressed with the sensitive and ‘age appropriate’ way they have been written. KS4 Learning Mentor. I/c PSHE & Citizenship, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield
Helena Conibear has spoken to staff and parents about alcohol on three separate occasions in the past two academic years. We, and parents, have been so impressed with the quality of the information, advice and resources provided by the AET that we have already booked them in for the coming academic year.The talks are always well received as Helena has both a very relaxed yet confident presentation style and quite obviously knows the information and latest facts. This is especially clear in the question and answer part of her sessions where I have only seen calm and informed answers to whatever is thrown at her! Exceptionally helpfully for us, she is also very flexible and will adapt her presentations to suit our needs and requirements. I have also used many of the AET resources when planning the alcohol education module of our PSHE course as the AET’s vision for young people to enter adulthood having a healthy relationship with alcohol ensures that its resources engages pupils allowing them to build the necessary resilience from a position of informed choice. Head of PSHE, Sherborne School
I was delighted with your presentation this evening, you made a very good impression on all the parents I spoke to. Furthermore, both Jo and I thought you had been of great service to the school, and we all learnt something new. Even though we are the ‘experts’, that could be applied to us too, thank you. PSHE and Citizenship Coordinator Alcester Grammar School, Warcs
Helena, Thank-you so much for last night…. Parents were very appreciative and I think we can build on this for the future…. Once again many thanks for an informative and useful talk. PSHE Coordinator, Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucs Jane, Thanks for all your and Helena’s organising. It was a very successful evening – we had 45 in the audience and they were highly complimentary. PSHE Coordinator, Sutton Grammar School
The Alcohol Education Trust has played a valuable role in providing our team with high quality training to support schools across Kent to enable them to deliver evidence based alcohol education through a quality assured resource. The training has supported our team to organise several Drugs and Alcohol Education forums to launch the resource across the county and received positive feedback from approx. 20 schools represented at the events. The evidence based lesson plans and interactive web-based activities devised by AET are our primary resources with regards to promoting alcohol education in the secondary school setting. This is promoted and disseminated to our Kent wide contacts as part of our core focus to deliver best practice PSHE. Health and Well being Practitioner Specialist for Children and Young People, School Health Team, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
The Alcohol Education trust have delivered training in school both to our staff and to our parents and we have used their educational materials within our PSHE lessons.We have found the student materials to be entirely suitable, well thought out and accessible, giving opportunities for discussion and reflection. The parent session was delivered at a Pastoral Evening and was very well received by parents who were both challenged in their assumptions and behaviours but equally supported in their situation of dealing with teenage behaviours. The staff training was both interesting and thought provoking as well, delivered on a TD Day. I also find access to the newsletters to be very valuable and a link to them is about to go live on a new pastoral support section of the school website for access by staff and students.I am sure that any grant that you were able to give would be used wisely to the benefit of young people in this, most important aspect of their lives. Senior Deputy Headteacher, South Wilts Grammar School for Girls
Helena, Thank you for taking the time to visit us. We all gained a great deal of very valuable knowledge from your session. I hope you have a relaxing weekend. It’s very well deserved 🙂 Teacher, Gateshead Teacher Training Twilight session
Helena, Thanks for coming up to Shrewsbury to deliver the training, I thought that the session (as always) was great. Shropshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team
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The resource book used in three Essex children support centres (formerly known as Pupil Referral Units) has contributed to the centres achieving outstanding Ofsted reports in January 2014. The resource helpfully provided a structured way of evidencing activities the staff have been involved in and the progress made by the student. The health improvement team for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust’s (NELFT)