Teacher News

Ensuring PSHE and alcohol education is interactive and engaging

Planning your scheme of PSHE for the year? Looking for interesting ways of reaching young people in informal settings? The www.talkaboutalcohol.com online learning zone is carefully built around changing social norms around alcohol and, through games, helps children subconsciously make wise decisions. The site features different ‘zones’ including a Fact Zone, Challenge Zone, Body Zone and a section entitled ‘Who do you Think you are?’ Featured areas Brave the Rave is a really fun (and rather addictive!) game which encourages young people to think about making sensible choices during a night out. Making wise choices such as food and water earn points but points are lost by choosing less wise options such as wine and beer. The game allows young people to learn about the choices they face on a night out and encourages them to pick wisely in a lively and engaging way! Fact or Fiction gives 10 statements about alcohol and young people then have to decide whether these are true or false. Once they have made their selection, further information about the statement is given. This a great way of pupils testing and increasing their knowledge on a variety of issues around drinking alcohol and its effects including the increase in risky behaviours. The www.talkaboutalcohol.com site is primarily aimed at Year 9 but has varying levels of activities suitable for Years 7 to 10 and is designed to appeal to young people in its look and feel. The development of the interactive and fun Learning Zone complements the highly evaluated Talk About Alcohol 100 page workbook of over 30 lessons and activities developed for teachers and community leaders to use... read more

New subscription area of website

We have recently launched an exciting all-new subscription area of our website, www.alcoholeducationtrust.org. The aim is to support anyone delivering alcohol education to 11-18 year olds who may not be specially trained or who has limited time or resources to prepare lessons. Each topic has a PowerPoint together with easy-to-use lesson plans and full links to all resources needed. By subscribing to the AET members area you will receive access to the highly evidenced Talk about Alcohol ready to use PowerPoints, implementation guidance and worksheets on topics such as alcohol and the law, alcohol and its effects social and physical, units and guidelines, staying safe and 16+. You can view a taster on the subscriptions page via: https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/subscriptions/ There are several options for subscribers including: • Annual individual subscription – £39.99 • Individual subscription for 3 years – £99 • Annual group subscription for academy chains/schools partnerships allowing access for up to 10 people – £250 Click here to learn more or subscribe:... read more

National Alcohol and Drugs Conference 2018 – Conference report

On the 20th June, The AET and Mentor hosted a conference at Liverpool John Moores University for all those working with young people, showcasing teaching methods, psychologies and evidence-based approaches that reduce children’s negative risk taking. Read the conference report with links to presentations... read more

National Alcohol and Drugs Conference 2018 – Presentations now available

The  National Alcohol and Drugs Conference 2018 was held on  21st June 2018 at Liverpool John Moores University The welcome address was delivered by The Public Health Institute Director Mr Jim McVeigh. Keynote addresses by Rt Hon Nick Gibbs, Minister of State at DfE and Victoria Atkins, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. PCC Amy Fletcher, Youth Officer for Cheshire Police Safer Schools partnership, spoke on school based projects targeting more vulnerable populations across Cheshire and on dealing with some of the problems faced regarding drugs and alcohol in schools. Dr John McAlaney, a principal academic in the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University delivered a talk entitled ‘Are you Normal? (Mis) perceptions of alcohol and drug use in adolescents’ Dr David Regis, Research Manager for the Schools Health Education Unit in Exeter presented on trends in drug and alcohol use in young people and some connections. For all presentations and video clips  of the keynote addresses, please visit http://alcoholeducationtrust.org/conference-presentations/  ... read more

Talk about Alcohol resources and training for schools in Hertfordshire

Thanks to the support of the Herts Community Foundation, we are delighted to be able to offer our full Talk about Alcohol resource packs and training free of charge to schools across Hertfordshire. The award-winning resource packs include lesson plans, implementation advice, a DVD and pictorial rich sheets for less able students all indexed by subject and year group. Attendees will receive a full pack of resources worth £90 to take home (one per school). In partnership with Herts4Learning, we will be offering teacher training sessions and parent talks to schools in the county. The first Talk about Alcohol teacher training session will be held on Wednesday 6th June from 9.30 to 12.30 at Aspley Campus, Brindley Way, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9BF. This session will demonstrate best practice use of the resources and provide a range of activities for effective and enjoyable alcohol education. If you would like to book a place on this training or are a school in Hertfordshire and would like to see how we can support you, please contact... read more

AET Feature in Independent Schools Magazine

We are pleased to have supported a number of independent schools and are recommended as a speaker by The Girls’ Schools Association. AET’s CEO Helena was pleased to write a feature for The Independent Schools Magazine recently in which she outlines planning and delivery of manageable, enjoyable and easily implemented alcohol education. You can read the article on here Please do get in touch if you work in the independent sector for further information about how we can support your... read more

The 11 principles of delivering effective and enjoyable alcohol education for your school or organisation

The 11 principles of effective preventative health education have been mapped by The PSHE Association following a review of school programmes designed to reduce students’ risk taking. These principles are relevant to all PSHE topics but each one is carefully built into the Alcohol Education Trust’s  Talk about Alcohol programme. This link explores each principle one by... read more

New information leaflet summarising AET background, impact and future goals

We have recently produced a leaflet to give background information on the Alcohol Education and the work we carry out. The leaflet gives information on who we are, what we do and why we are needed as well as illustrating our approach to reducing alcohol-related harm, the impact and reach of our work and our goals going... read more

Evidence-based best practice in alcohol and drugs 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. Free for PSHE leads and teacher £90 for other delegates to include lunch.... read more

AET selected for potential funding from the Aviva Community Fund – do please vote for us!

We are delighted to have been selected by the Aviva Community Fund for potential funding. The Aviva Community Fund aims to make a positive difference in  local communities and members of the public are invited to vote for projects that will make a difference in their community The charities receiving the most votes are entered into the finals and become eligible for funding to support a project. We would be so grateful if you could support our project by registering and voting for us  via  https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-1430 the site is expected to be very busy, so please don’t give up if it says try later as we do need your votes please! The voting is open between 24 October and 21st November and, once you have registered, you will be given 10 votes to spread around or use to support one project.... read more