Drugs policy

Our school code of conduct is:

“Try, Grow, Achieve”

What is a drug?

A drug is a substance that alters the way in which the body functions.

Why is drug education important in primary schools?

  • Children form attitudes about drug use from an early age by watching adults smoking, drinking and taking medicines.
  • Children need help to equip themselves with the skills to live in a drug orientated society.
  • Primary school drug education provides a forum for pupils to learn about the dangers of misusing drugs and to build foundations for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Drug education is part of the National Curriculum for Science in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

What is our aim?

Our essential aim is to give children the facts, emphasising the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and to give each child at Temple Grove Academy the knowledge and skills to make informed and responsible choices now and later in life.  This will only succeed in a climate wherein the children feel comfortable to discuss drug issues.

What does the law say about drugs?

The staff and children should be aware that it is a criminal offence to possess, grow, sell or supply heroin, cannabis, crack, LSD, cocaine and ecstasy as well as other drugs such as amphetamines (which are legal if prescribed as medicines) which are covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act.

What does the New National Curriculum 2014 say about primary drug education?

At Temple Grove Academy we endorse the following National Curriculum Science Order learning objectives:

At Key Stage 1:  The children should ‘know about drugs as medicines and how to use them safely’.

At Key Stage 2:  The children should, ‘relate their understanding of Science to their personal health’ and in Year 6 ‘recognise the impact that drugs have on the way their bodies function’.

What are we aiming to teach the children?

In keeping with the new National Curriculum 2014:

  • know that all medicines are drugs but not all drugs are medicines.
  • know that all substances can be harmful if not used properly.
  • know about different medicines and that some people need them to live a normal life.
  • know and understand simple safety rules about medicines, tablets, solvents and
  • know that all medicines are drugs but not all drugs are medicines.
  • know that there are over-the-counter and prescribed, legal and illegal substances and to have some understanding of their effects.
  • know how to make simple choices and exercise some basic techniques for resisting pressure from friends and others.
  • know the important and beneficial part which drugs have played in society.

The Ealing PSHE scheme of work (Living Long, Living Strong Unit for Years 1-6):

  • making healthy choices and to know how to stay healthy(KS1)
  • growing and caring for our bodies and to understand the concept of well-being(harmful substances) (KS2)

What about prescribed medicines for children?

In keeping with the information in the school’s prospectus, for safety reasons no medicines may be brought into school to be administered to any child, except in special circumstances approved by the Headteacher.

What is the school’s attitude towards smoking?

The governing body has endorsed the wishes of the staff to make Temple Grove Academy is a No Smoking Zone.  This applies to all of the teaching areas plus the playground and is recognised by governors, staff, parents and also parties who wish to book the school premises.

Who receives drug education at Temple Grove Academy?

In line with the school’s attitude towards Equal Opportunities, drug education is given to all pupils regardless of race, gender and special educational needs.

Who provides drug education at Temple Grove Academy?

Whilst the main responsibility for following the school’s drug education guidelines remains the class teacher’s we are committed to the employment of the expertise of outside agencies such as the Police,  and our School Health Sister.

What do we do if we encounter a drug-related problem?

The promise of confidentiality is not realistic, especially when there is a risk to the safety of a child or other children.  The child should always be told, however, when information is to be passed on.  Information concerning risk to children must be passed to the Headteacher, or senior teacher on site, immediately and she or he will consult parents and other appropriate adults.

NB  If you should encounter somebody under the influence of drugs, including alcohol and solvents, on the premises do not approach them.  Report the incident to a member of the SMT who will contact the parents immediately (if the user is a pupil) and the local police.

How should we support a parent who fears their child may be a user?

Unless there is a child protection issue involved the parent should by referred to a non-judgemental aid agency such as the Community Drugs Service (0208 773 9393).