Information for teachers

Information for teachers

Our approach is to put real life experiences at the very heart of drug and alcohol education.

Helping your school to meet Government requirements

Education around relationships, sex and health is now compulsory in primary, secondary and state funded schools across the UK. The Department of Education has published statutory guidance to help schools as they make plans to incorporate these subjects.

The guidance includes specific instructions around mental health, and drug and alcohol education. Like us, the Government’s aim is that every pupil has a full and factual understanding of these issues, so that where possible they can make informed choices as they grow older. 

Yet the Government also recognises that providing effective education on such issues isn’t particularly simple and straightforward, and so schools are encouraged to bring in reputable organisations with specialist knowledge to enhance delivery.

After working closely with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, 85% of teachers stated they were more confident in discussing alcohol and drug issues with their pupils. 82% felt they could identify vulnerable students and 77% felt able to refer students on to specialist support.

It’s why our Resilience Programme is exceptionally well placed to help you meet the DfE’s requirements. It can help you to effectively support your students, in a way that also supports you.

Working alongside teachers

We engage students in discussing their real thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We help them find ways to address issues such as low self-esteem, poor body image, peer pressure and bullying without their turning to drugs or alcohol.

A holistic approach

Drug and alcohol education needs to go beyond the pupil. We believe that everyone in a young person’s life needs to be properly informed about drugs, alcohol and their related issues in order to create an honest and open environment in which informed choices can be made.

We can offer informative sessions to help teachers and practitioners better identify pupils who may be living with parents, carers or siblings that are misusing substances.

Training for teachers

We provide brief intervention training for teachers, closely aligned to Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education.

The training explores teachers’ existing knowledge about alcohol and drugs, and provides practical information to identify and support young people who may be at risk of substance misuse.

Topics covered include hidden harm, signs and symptoms, safeguarding, barriers to engagement, signposting and multi-agency working.

Request more information for your school.

A fully evaluated programme

The Amy Winehouse Resilience Programme for Schools has been fully and independently evaluated by a team of researchers, from the University of Bath (UK) and Harvard University (US).

This team (which specialises in developmental psychology, and family and young person addiction) surveyed more than 80,000 young people. For school-based alcohol and drug education programmes, this is one of the largest programmes to have been delivered externally and evaluated through a charitable partnership in England.

 You can download a summary of this evaluation, including an overview of methodology and key findings, here.

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“Thank you for another excellent and inspiring session today at Townley Grammar School. You have now spoken to four entire year groups, roughly 820 students! I know that the students have found the sessions inspiring and informative, we have the student feedback to back it up. The process of booking and organising has been seamless. And I have recommended the charity to many schools.”

- Fabian de Fabiana, Townley Grammar School.

“Our students valued the sessions enormously, with almost all of the students stating that they had found the sessions to be well delivered and insightful. The experiences shared by the volunteers is invaluable as it gives students the opportunity to understand addiction and that it is not just ‘a certain type of person’ that can become an addict. For me personally the most refreshing aspect of the programme is its commitment to encouraging students to make their own, well informed decisions, rather than focusing on scare tactics to prevent alcohol and drug misuse.” 

- Emma Gibbor, Jewish Free School 

“I just wanted to say thanks so much. The kids loved and enjoyed their sessions, the staff did and the parents did too. As a parent I learnt so much from your session about how to have those conversations and I think I know quite a lot, but it really hit home to a lot of them about the importance of wellbeing. A huge and genuine thanks from all of us for the amazing stories you shared today - it was exactly what we all needed to hear.”

- Kate Middleton, The Judd School 

“Pupils get the message of the importance of looking after themselves, having self-worth and asking for help when needed. Pupils feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and this venue has introduced them an additional support network.” 

- Woolwich Polytechnic School

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