National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference

Empowering youth through prevention and education:empowering young people to make healthy choices in the classroom and beyond.

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 and evaluation advice for effective PSHE.

On 21st June 2018 two charities, The Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor, are bringing together a group of experts to showcase evidence-based and effective good practice that can be used in education and youth settings across the UK for alcohol and drugs education and prevention.

About the conference

With the likelihood of PSHE becoming a statutory teaching requirement for schools, this conference and selection of workshops will offer teachers, PSHE leads, local authorities and anyone working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people the opportunity to learn about the most highly trialled and rigorously tested school/youth programmes together with ‘hands on’ ‘how to’ workshops hosted by PSHE professionals.

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 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.

Keynote speakers:

Andy Burnham, Former Health Secretary and Mayor of Greater Manchester

And Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Victoria Atkins (invited)

Other speakers and panel members to include:

  • Professor Harry Sumnall – Professor in Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health and ACMD Member
  • Dr. David Regis – The Schools Health Education Unit on trends in childrens risk taking and mental health
  • Dr John Macaulney on what is normative educaion and what part does it play in PSHE?
  • Vicky Gent Head of Children’s services Lancashire on improving outcomes for vulnerable children in school
  • Helena Conibear – CEO, The Alcohol Education Trust on the 11 evidenced components of preventative education
  • Michael O’Toole – Chief Executive, Mentor on targetting vulnerable children

Workshop themes will include:

10 top tips for delivering effective, interactive and engaging alcohol and drugs education by Kate Murphy – Drug & PSHE specialist trainer, Bath & North East Somerset CC.

A double CPD workshop on implementing The Alcohol Education Trust’s talk about alcohol programme demonstrating the activities, games and evidenced 6 lessons. NB There will be a £90 charge for this workshop to cover the cost of the enhanced talk about alcohol resource pack.

Targetted approaches for vulnerable populations such as SEN and LAC.

Mentor Quality Mark clinic sessions for schools and providers – how to obtain the Mentor Quality Mark.

On the day

The morning plenaries will explore drinking and drug use trends among young people in the UK, Government and Public Health priorities for preventative and early intervention work in drugs and alcohol in England and evidenced-based programmes for various settings. The morning will conclude with a Q+A session where delegates will be invited to share their questions and experiences around drugs and alcohol education to a panel of experts.

The afternoon sessions will offer delegates an opportunity to book one double workshop or 2 shorter workshops /taster sessions of their choice

Delegates will leave with resources and have access to training presentations.

Who should attend

The National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference will be beneficial to anyone working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people, including:

  • primary and secondary school teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • PSHE coordinators
  • external education providers
  • community practitioners
  • Local Authorities
  • public health professionals
  • charities
  • youth offender teams
  • social workers
  • youth workers

Late registration / a note about dietary requirements:

If you register for the conference after June 8th, we cannot guarantee your dietary requirements will be met as we have to confirm with the caterers on the 8th. We will do our best to accommodate your needs on the day and we appreciate your understanding. Thank you.