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Introduction to delivering drugs education in secondary schools - training for teachers

Our free SCARF secondary resources come with specialist training. This new, low-cost workshop is delivered by Coram SCARF, in partnership with The Daniel Spargo Mabbs Foundation, a drug and alcohol education charity that aims to support young people to make safe choices about drugs and alcohol and reduce harm. This 90-minute recorded webinar is aimed at non-specialist teachers who want to understand how best to implement the DfE statutory guidance for drug education and feel confident in delivering the subject. 

This evidence-informed session will help teachers new to this subject:

  • Understand the current context and issues for young people
  • Know what evidence-based drug education practice includes
  • Learn key underpinning knowledge about drugs to ensure all areas of the statutory guidance are covered confidently
  • Understand adolescent brain development in relation to managing risks around drugs
  • Identify students more vulnerable to drug use and signs to look out for
  • Know where to go for further information and support

Every teacher who completes the training will receive - at no extra cost - up to 12 months' access to a fully-resourced scheme of work for 11-13 year-olds, covering all the statutory requirements in 36 lesson plans per year, across six half-termly units. 

The scheme of work covers six suggested half-termly units providing access to quality-assured PSHE lesson plans and resources created by Coram SCARF and other organisations, including The Daniel Spargo Mabbs Foundation. Each lesson plan has been mapped to the DfE statutory requirements for both Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education, saving you time in finding the right resources that suit your school's needs.

Course facilitators

Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, founder of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs foundation.

As Dan's Mum, Fiona has led on the development and management of the DSM Foundation from the start, bringing a wide range and depth of experience from more than two decades working in education, at operational level as a teacher and manager, and at strategic levels locally and nationally. As well as working directly with young people, parents and professionals herself, Fiona is also regularly asked to speak on various national platforms and in the media, and is closely involved in policy work with government, police, academics and other agencies.

Asha Fowells, drugs educator and media manager at the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs foundation.

Asha's roles reflect her background as a pharmacist – she qualified in 1998 – and journalist and writer.  As the DSM Foundation’s most experienced drugs educator, Asha is involved in the whole breadth of delivery, from students to parents, school staff and other professionals working with young people. She also does a lot of work behind the scenes at the Foundation, including dealing with press enquiries, writing resources, and mentoring other members of the team. Asha is passionate about the aims of the DSM Foundation, which is to help young people make safer choices about drugs – everyone should be able to get home safely.

Lisa Handy, RSHE lead and trainer at Coram Life Education and SCARF. 

Lisa is a highly experienced RSE Educator, Trainer and Consultant. She has over 20 years’ experience within the primary and secondary RSE field, having previously worked for Brook, the NHS, National Children’s Bureau and is a past Sex Education Forum Co-ordinator.

Lisa successfully led the design and implementation of our Relationships Education curriculum within SCARF. She now leads on training teachers to implement the DfE's RSHE statutory requirements, ensuring that these are regularly updated and also meet Ofsted expectations for Personal Development - including RSHE.

What previous attendees have said

"Great training delivered clearly with good interactive tasks."

"I'm more confident in the approach and how to set up class boundaries for a safe space."

"The most useful part was the connections made to the wider subject and how to handle complex issues."

How to access the Zoom webinar

You'll receive the link to the recorded webinar following payment.

Although designed for PSHE (End) and RSHP (Sco) leads, many schools prefer all staff, or departments, to be involved in RSE training and development. We create bespoke training to meet your school's needs. Please contact us if you're interested in this service and to find out the price.

Webinar overview

The webinar uses a range of resources to ensure you have what you need to plan, prepare and deliver effective Drugs Education, tailored to your pupils' needs. 

Cost per school

SCARF subscribing schools: £75 (plus VAT)

Non-SCARF subscribing schools: £100 (plus VAT) 

Need help?

If you have any questions please contact us or call us on:
020 7520 0364 

Webinar Summary and Booking

A 90-minute recorded webinar, faciliated by Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, Asha Fowells and Lisa Handy.

Prices and booking for SCARF-subscribing schools - per school

Introduction to secondary drugs educationA 90-minute recorded webinar. Price for SCARF subscribers - access to the recording will be set up following receipt of payment£75.00

Prices and booking for non-SCARF-subscribing schools - per school

Introduction to secondary drugs educationA 90-minute recorded webinar. Price for non-SCARF subscribers - access to the recording will be set up following receipt of payment£100.00