School alcohol policy

MENTOR Resources

A strong drug and alcohol policy can support pupils’ wellbeing, behaviour and safety. This resource aims to help schools with the process of reviewing or implementing a drug and alcohol policy, with practical advice on consulting with teachers, pupils, parents and others in the community. It can be used by primary and secondary schools & pupil referral units, and should also be helpful for colleges.

Department for Education and ACPO Drug Advice for Schools (September 2012)

AET example and template of Drug and Alcohol Policy for schools

Additional resources

These provide additional information on issues relating to drug policy. Drugs: guidance for schools This DfES guidance from 2004, although superseded, still contains much helpful advice.

Joining forces – Drugs: Guidance for police working with schools and colleges – ACPO guidance for police working with schools and colleges.

Resources for school govenors

This presentation explains how to ensure that schools are doing what they need to in order to:

  • be sure that the school can manage drug and alcohol incidents with confidence and consistency;
  • deliver high quality PSHE education that makes a clear contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
  • demonstrate to Ofsted that the behaviour and safety of pupils is ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and they understand how to manage risks;
  • fulfil the school’s statutory duty to promote all pupils’ wellbeing, including for those who are at risk from their own use or that of someone in their family.

Next steps: Questions to ask in your school about drugs and alcohol

Resources on pupil participation

Promoting children and young people’s participation through the National Healthy School Standard

Inspiring schools. Impact and outcomes: Taking up the challenge of pupil participation