The aim of drugs education at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School is to acknowledge and clarify for students the issues relating to drug prevention and drug use. The school’s approach on the issue of drugs is as part of the commitment to being a healthy school.
The school’s policy provides information about procedures in response to any drug related incident and provides guidance to teachers, support staff, parents/carers and outside visitors. Sanctions for drug related incidents are dealt with consideration of the specific circumstances of the incident. Full details of the sanctions are available in the school’s behaviour policy.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School believes that the possession and the use of drugs in school or during the school day is inappropriate. All drugs covered in the school’s policy are not permitted to be bought, sold or otherwise obtained on school premises or during the school day. Individual exceptions may be made for students who need to take prescribed medicines where appropriate.
Teachers will be confident and skilled in the delivery of drugs education and the schools pastoral programme will be supportive of students who are concerned about drugs.
Professional outside agencies may be used in the delivery of drugs education where appropriate
The curriculum will enable students:
To make healthy informed decisions
To identify sources of personal support
Increase their knowledge
Explore their own and other people’s ideas
Promote positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle
Provide accurate information about substances
Increase understanding about drug use and misuse
Widen knowledge about health related issues
Seek to minimise the risks that users and potential users face