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Book your place for training in the SHAHRP and STAMPP alcohol harm reduction programme for schools

Book your place for training in the SHAHRP and STAMPP alcohol harm reduction programme for schools Date: 27th April 2017 Location: St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School  London SE1 4AN Time: 10.30 – 4.30 pm Cost: £190.00 30 places available on a first come first served basis DEADLINE: 10th April Who’s the training for? Those commissioning evidence based harm reduction and early intervention based programmes for young people, local authorities, public health, PSHE leads and Heads of pastoral care. Information The first training day for the highly evaluated programmes, SHAHRP and STAMPP is confirmed for the 27th April 2017 in central London. The UK trial of the highly regarded School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) from Australia are now completed The research trial was called STEPS TOWARDS ALCOHOL MISUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMME (STAMPP) here in the UK. The 5 year trial of STAMPP led by Dr Michael Mckay and Professor Harry Sunmall from Liverpool John Moores University took place in 105 schools  in Northern Ireland and Scotland and was funded by NIHR (The National Institute for Health Research). It was a cluster random control trial with schools comparing STAMPP vs alcohol education as normal. Over 12,000 pupils took part with information collected at 4 time points. The Children receiving STAMPP had reduced self-reported drinking compared with education as normal at +33 months (p < 0.001; OR = 0.596). The trial evaluation showed that the classroom component engaged, and was enjoyed by, pupils. It was also valued by teachers for its evidence based and structured content.Learn more about the trial here. The AET is pleased to be able to... read more

New hardback Talk About Alcohol resource now available!

Our wonderful hard back resource complete with a DVD, 60 laminated discussion and activity cards, SEN lessons and the new 5th edition of our highly evaluated Talk About Alcohol workbook is now ready and available to order! As our resources are used in a variety of settings and with children of differing ages, abilities and experience, we have worked over the last year to put everything needed together in one set of resources that can be used on a one to one basis, in small groups or for a whole class. In the easy to use file, you will find: a DVD of the BAFTA best secondary school resource winning 4 true stories ‘just a few drinks’ the new fifth edition of our PSHE quality assured and Mentor Adepis CAYT top scoring ‘Talk About Alcohol’ workbook including new games activities, guidance and links to all the relevant sections of www.talkaboutalcohol.com. The 100 page Teacher Workbook of 30 different lesson plans is suitable for different ages 11+, abilities and experience. Using 6 lessons over 2 years is shown to effectively raise the age that young people choose to drink. for children with moderate learning difficulties, a set of 6 lessons and specific guidance with access to a password protected website area with powerpoints and additional picture and story led resources. Children with learning difficulties are three times more likely to be abused than the average child and alcohol is used for ‘grooming’. The resources explain and rehearse complex social situations that these young people will encounter as they grow up as well as exploring consent and recognising motivations. 60 laminates... read more

Training days for a highly evaluated programme, SHAHRP available April and September 2017

The published results of a UK adapted version of the highly regarded School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) from Australia are expected this week. The research trial was called STEPS TOWARDS ALCOHOL MISUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMME (STAMPP). The 5 year trial of STAMPP led by Dr Michael Mckay and Professor Harry Sunmall from Liverpool John Moores University took place in 105 schools  in Northern Ireland and Scotland and was funded by NIHR (The National Institute for Health Research). It was a cluster random control trial with schools comparing STAMPP vs alcohol education as normal. Over 12,000 pupils took part with information collected at 4 time points. The Children receiving STAMPP had reduced self-reported drinking compared with education as normal at +33 months (p < 0.001; OR = 0.596). There were no statistical differences in self-reported harms, however, but mainly because they were very low in both groups. The trial evaluation showed that the classroom component engaged, and was enjoyed by, pupils. It was also valued by teachers for its evidence based and structured content. Through its agreement with Curtin University, creators of SHAHRP, the AET is pleased to be able to offer a training day led by Dr Michael McKay on Thursday 27th April with a second date available during the week of the 25th September. Participants will be fully trained in how to deliver the programme, supplied with a teacher training manual and CD of interactive activities and taken through the methodology and practicalities of the programme. SHAHRP is an example of a harm reduction education intervention which combines a harm reduction philosophy with skills training, education,... read more

Alcohol Awareness week 14th – 20th November – Will you help us?

Curry on fundraising! We’re hoping that friends and supporters will consider hosting a low key supper, tea, book club, film night or lunch for their friends during alcohol awareness week in aid of the work we do at The Alcohol Education Trust across the County. It costs us £90 to support a school, youth or sports club with our award winning programme with specific resources for children with moderate learning difficulties and just a few pounds raised in donations, when added up really make a difference. We work out of a garage in Frampton to ensure our overheads are kept to a minimum – so your donations go directly to training teachers and community leaders, providing our programme for young people or providing outreaches to parents and carers – helping to change behaviours and outcomes across the UK . Would you host something on our behalf?  I’ve enclosed a flyer to share with friends who may be interested in what we do and the extent of the problems across Dorset. Please take a look via www.alcoholeducationtrust.org and www.talkaboutalcohol.com . Please let us know how we can support you if you decide to take part. Thanks so much! Helena 01300 320665 or 07876 593... read more

CMO Dame Sally Davies releases revised guidelines on alcohol consumption

As you may know, The CMO Dame Sally Davies released revised guidelines on alcohol consumption on Friday 8th January. Although some elements of the guidance are open for public consultation until April Ist, we are currently updating our websites and materials with the new guidance. The guidelines can be found online here. Sadly there hasn’t been a lead in period, so obviously our printed materials will contain the old guidance for the moment. We would therefore ask you to distribute the new guidance in the pdf and for you to add it to your unit and guidelines chapter of the teacher workbook. If you have any queries regarding the guidance, please email kate@alcoholeducationtrust.org  or if you wish to read it in full, there is a link within the... read more

Nearly 4,000 children hospitalised with alcohol poisoning last year – including 52 aged under 11

The Daily Mirror reports that shock new figures from the Department of Health have sparked concerns about a potential rise in binge drinking to potentially fatal levels: ‘Hundreds of children are being rushed to hospital every month with alcohol poisoning, shock new figures show. Nearly 4,000 children were taken to A&E last year – including 52 under the age of 11 – said the Department for Health. Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Commons health select committee, warned: “It is a grave risk to young people’s health.” In total, 3,748 under-18s were admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning during 2012-13 – more than 300 a month. Dr Wollaston said: “We should be very concerned about who is supplying them.” The total number of booze-related admissions to hospital among young people is falling. But the number of cases of alcohol poisoning has sparked fears of a sharp rise in binge drinking. Dr Wollaston added: “It would be wrong to think this problem has gone away.” Among adults, there were almost 82,500 cases of alcohol poisoning in hospitals last year. And the total number of alcohol-related admissions to hospitals has soared by 12% since the Coalition came to power.... read more

The Alcohol Education trust wins support from the Childhood Trust to reach 25,000 13- year-olds across 100 schools in London

The Talkaboutalcohol programme will provide our 100 page teacher workbooks, interactive website, worksheets, information leaflets, newsletters and training to 100 schools across Greater London where needs are greatest for alcohol education. London has a specific cultural and ethnic profile (42% of pupils have English as a second language and SEND is estimated to effect one in five children across their school life) meaning 60% of pupils in London require a programme that is visual rich and easily adaptable. The BIG GIVE project will ensure that 25,000 13- to 14-year-olds in London schools learn about alcohol and its effects, the law, units and guidelines, resilience strategies and staying safe in an engaging and interactive way. A dedicated schools coordinator will ensure teachers in the schools receive training on alcohol education with email and phone support for planning and implementation. Parents of pupils across the 100 schools will be invited to talkaboutalcohol sessions offering alcohol advice and help. Impact – A two year evaluation of talkaboutalcohol among 4000 pupils across England (including London) showed that delivering 6 AET lessons over two years delayed the onset of drinking significantly among 13 and 14 year olds( just 8% took up drinking between Years 8 and 9 versus 20% in schools where our resources were not used). Delaying regular drinking improves attainment and reduces the risk of smoking and other drug use as well as the likelihood of binge drinking and alcohol related problems later. TO PLEDGE TO SUPPORT THE BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE LOG ON... read more

Press Releases

AET runners up in the national Education Resource Awards 2017

The Alcohol Education Trust are very pleased to be national runners up in the national Education Resource Awards 2017 best secondary school resource (non ICT) and we were also finalists in the best secondary school resource including ICT. AET was pitched against much larger national companies such as Frog Education, Bloomsbury, Satchel and more, so we are very pleased. Our resources were highly commended. The ERA awards ceremony took place in Birmingham last Friday, with over 320 guests in attendance. The Education Resources Awards (ERA) are now in their 18th successful year and  celebrate outstanding success for the suppliers and teaching professionals of the education sector throughout the UK. The awards highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services and people as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. The ERA’s aims to encourage the raising of educational services & product standards throughout the industry and is recognised throughout the sector as the Accolade of excellence.... read more

The AET and Mentor host The first National Alcohol and Drugs conference on evidence based school programmes

On the 19th October The AET and Mentor jointly hosted The first National Alcohol and Drugs conference on evidence based school programmes. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office Sarah Newton MP made her first speech on the Government alcohol and drugs strategy and policy, praising the work of The Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor and their prevention work in schools Click here to see the photos and... read more

National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference

National Alcohol and Drugs Conference   Evidence-based best practice in alcohol and drugs education – Empowering young people to make healthy choices   Date: Wednesday 19 October, 2016 Venue: Middlesex University London A day for professionals to hear from leading experts on the latest research on alcohol and drugs prevention, attend a choice of workshops on evidence-based programmes, and receive planning & evaluation advice for effective PSHE.   Keynote (invited): Karen Bradley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime)   About the conference On 19th October 2016 two charities, The Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor UK, are bringing together a group of experts to showcase evidence-based and effective good practice that can be used in education settings across the UK for alcohol and drugs education and prevention. This conference and selection of workshops will offer teachers, PSHE leads, Local Authorities and those working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people the opportunity to learn about the most highly trialled and rigorously tested programmes that are available across the UK. Alcohol and drugs are taught at a basic level through the science curriculum in schools, but the life and resilience skills that young people need to prevent drug use and enable them to make healthy choices about drugs and alcohol as they get older can be better developed through Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education or other teaching opportunities. Schools, local authorities and educators in non-formal education settings can benefit from guidance regarding effective, evidence-based alcohol and drugs prevention programmes, as well as support to improve training, content and delivery. On the day The... read more

AET shortlisted for the Kings fund GSK IMPACT Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that the Alcohol Education Trust was one of  twenty charities shortlisted out of the 400 entrants for The Kings Fund GSK IMPACT Awards, for charities assessed to have had the most impact on health in 2016. We receive a runners up £3,000 award and are looking forward to the awards dinner on the 12th May at the Science Museum. These awards are for charities with an income of up to two million – our income is less than a tenth of that. We are able to support a child with the Talk About Alcohol Programme for just 75p a year, and as you know, manage to keep our work free for schools by applying for grants and raising funds. Helena Conibear, Director of The Trust commented ‘We are very proud to have been selected for this prize following a very rigorous audit of everything we do by The Kings Fund assessors, and it does credit to our small dedicated team of staff and Trustees. To have achieved this level of recognition for our work having been established in just 2010 is both heartening and gratifying and it wouldn’t have been possible without the time given to the AET by an array of experts from across disciplines relevant to PSHE and alcohol’. The King’s Fund and GSK, partnering with Comic Relief, launch new programme to improve charity leadership The AET, as a result of the above, are delighted to have been invited to take part in the  Cascading Leadership programme, a new programme linked with the GSK IMPACT Awards, designed to extend leadership development opportunities across... read more

‘Talk About Alcohol’ listed as a Promising practice on the European Platform for Investing in Children

‘Talk About Alcohol’ has been listed as a Promising practice on the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC)! The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) is an evidence-based online platform which was launched in 2013. Operated by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) website features summaries of practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. To be categorized as “promising” by EPIC, a practice’s research evidence must meet certain criteria: (1) The practice has achieved + in “evidence of effectiveness” as the evaluation utilizes at the minimum pre/post design with appropriate statistical adjustments employed in order to control for selection, the sample size is at least 20 in each group and significant positive results (p<0.1) are shown from at least one relevant outcome. (2) The practice is “transferable” and has been evaluation in at least one additional population beyond the original study population or has been marked as having “enduring impact” as an evaluation of the practice which meets the basic criteria for inclusion has conducted a follow-up of at least two years and find at least one positive outcome (p<0.1). Read more  ... read more

Report on the parental engagement through schools in Halton

The AET have trialled a new approach with a group called Social Sense who run a programme called RU Different? in schools to make young people aware that most young people don’t smoke, get drunk or try drugs – we engaged with 9 schools across Halton to involve parents in a fun questionnaire about how many children in their school they thought were drinking and who supplied them with alcohol! We did this as the research shows that children in year 9 form their drinking habits largely based on the behaviours of parents and carers and the house rules we set them – and whether we stick to them too!. Often the problem for parents/guardians is the lack of knowledge of where to set boundaries, or how to begin conversations about alcohol with their children. We often base our expectations on ‘what we were doing at that age’, when in fact, underage drinking has halved over the past 20 years. Some of us are too laid back and others too strict – which can lead to unsupervised risky drinking – what we need is ‘tough love’! Piloted in 9 schools across Halton, we combined the latest technology with traditional emails and newsletters, to tempt parents to test their perceptions through five questions! Most encouraging of all is that 78% of parents/guardians said they will now change the way they talk to their children about alcohol! Click here to view the... read more

Can six lessons over 2 years in school on alcohol really affect the age that teenagers start drinking?

**Strictly under embargo until 00:01 (BST) Wednesday 2nd September 2015** Can six lessons over two years in school on alcohol really affect the age that teenagers start drinking? Over 40% of all the 4,400 children surveyed at outset had already had a whole drink, usually at home by age 12 or 13 (year 8). 36% of these children who were then taught the AET programme, chose not to drink at 15/16 years old, compared to only 21% who had not been exposed to the programme. Teens are more likely to drink if they have more siblings, have a poor relationship with their father or if their parents drink. A small charity based in the depths of Dorset has successfully proved that talking to children early enough in an engaging way, without preaching about alcohol, in just a few lessons over 2 years taught by the schools non-specialist teachers, can significantly delay the age kids decide to start drinking. The National Foundation for Education Research, leading evaluators who conduct the annual Smoking, drinking and drug use of young people report, followed the effect of the Alcohol Education Trust’s  ‘Talk about Alcohol’ programme among school children in England over 3 years (2011 – 2015). At the outset 4,500 pupils in 34 schools were recruited – 16 schools who delivered the lessons and 17 schools who didn’t were carefully matched for Ofsted ranking, number of free school meals and ethnic mix, for example.  You can read the executive summary of the report via http://www.alcoholeducationtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/TAA-nfer-exec-summary.pdf By the end of Year 9 when the kids were on average aged 14, 4,000 children in 30 schools completed... read more

The AET calls for Alcohol Education to be taught in schools as part of PSHE

The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) welcomes the report of the Education Select Committee on PSHE and SRE Life Lessons: PSHE and SRE in Schools to make personal, social, and health education (PSHE) statutory in schools in a bid to encourage safe, sensible and responsible alcohol use by young people. AET wants ministers at the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure the inclusion of alcohol education in PSHE in order to help delay the onset of alcohol use by young people.   Recommendations highlighted in the select committee report include reinstating funding for the continuous professional development for PSHE teachers and school nurses, as well as calls for Ofsted to resume its regular subject surveys of PSHE provision.   It also suggests the DfE should develop a working plan for introducing PSHE as statutory subjects in primary and secondary schools.   AET Founder and Director Helena Conibear believes ‘this is a wonderful opportunity to ensure that the entitlement to high quality PSHE, which includes alcohol education for all children and young people in our schools, however they are funded, is met and for them to receive a properly planned curriculum taught by well trained, confident and competent teachers.’ For more information visit www.alcoholeducationtrust.org or email kate@alcoholeducationtrust.org. Notes: The Alcohol Education Trust charity, with PSHE specialists and teachers as Trustees, provides a widely used and highly evaluated evidence based programme, talk about alcohol for 11- 18 year olds across the UK. It is an early intervention, social norms based programme which significantly delays the age that young people begin drinking and improves knowledge and engagement in PSHE. Schools may order a copy... read more