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Drugs Education Policy


Drugs Education Policy

December 2016


Mission statement

We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment where all are valued and respected as individuals. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian faith.


By definition drugs are any chemical substance which can affect the body or mind.

This includes:



At Benjamin Hargreaves we are committed to the health and safety of our children and staff and will take action to safeguard their well-being.
The aims of this policy are:

  • to safeguard the health and safety of pupils and staff in our school;
  • to clarify the School’s approach to drugs, for staff, pupils, governors, parents or carers, and to clarify the legal requirements and responsibilities;
  • to enable staff to manage drug-related incidents properly.

Teaching Methods and Resources

Teaching and learning will be set mainly in the context of Personal, Social and Health Education. Further opportunities could include:

  • other curriculum areas delivering aspects of the programme;

(eg: Drama, English etc.);

  • worship/assemblies;
  • the provision of appropriate information through leaflets and books;
  • delivery in response to incidents.

Drugs education takes place with a permanent member of staff.. The School welcomes the involvement of appropriate outside agencies in supporting the development and delivery of drugs education. We will ensure that all such involvement is jointly planned and that the ethos and approaches of any such agency are consistent with our own School policy and expectations.

Teachers should adhere to the following guidance:

  • Staff will establish clear parameters about what is appropriate or inappropriate in a whole-class setting.
  • If a child’s question is inappropriate to address with the whole class the teacher should acknowledge the question and attend to it later on an individual basis.
  • If a question is too personal the teacher should remind the pupils of the ground rules.
  • Staff will set the tone by speaking in a matter-of-fact way and ensuring that pupils discuss issues in a way which encourages positive participation.
  • Pupils may have opportunities to write down questions anonymously and post them in a question box. Staff will have time to prepare answers to questions before the next session, and can choose not to respond to any questions which are inappropriate to address in whole class lessons.

Drugs at School


Drugs Incidents


The Role of Parents/Carers
The School is aware that the primary role in children’s drugs education lies with parents. We wish to build a positive and supporting relationship with the parents/carers of our pupils, through mutual understanding, trust and cooperation. To promote this we will:

When an incident concerning unauthorised drugs has occurred in School, and a pupil is involved, we will inform the parents/carers, and explain how we intend to respond to the incident.
Staff will be cautious about discharging a pupil to the care of an intoxicated parent, particularly when the parent intends driving the pupil home. Staff will suggest an alternative arrangement. The focus will be the pupil’s welfare and safety. Where the behaviour of an intoxicated parent places a child at risk, or the parent or carer becomes abusive or violent, staff should consider whether the circumstances of the case are serious enough to invoke child protection procedures, and possibly the involvement of the police.



Review date: December 2016

  • Benjamin Hargreaves C.E. Primary School Voluntary Aided,
  • Barnfield Street, Accrington,
  • Lancashire BB5 2AQ
  • | Phone: 01254 232130