Commenting on the publication of Ofsted?s report, Time for change? Personal, social
and health education, Andrew Brown, Coordinator of the Drug Education Forum
We welcome this report, it is good news that drug education is getting better
and that we have a clear view of some of the challenges ahead for continuing to
improve the subject.
Teaching children and young people about drugs must go beyond explaining what
drugs are and their legal status and start to encourage pupils to develop the
skills and attitudes to take the right decisions about their health.
We recognise that parents and youth services alongside schools have an
important role to play in providing effective drug education and beyond. Their
wider preventative work needs to be acknowledged and celebrated just as much as
the improvements in PSHE.
12 April 2007