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  • 1. The Principles of Good Drug EducationChoosing the best approach to drug education is a key task for educators. There is no shortage ofguidance, information, and materials but choosing the most relevant and supportive for the groupor groups you lead depend on a number of factors.This document aims to help you understand the principles that lie at the heart of good practice;those that follow have been adapted from the latest best-practice evaluations carried out in theUK, Canada, Australia, the USA, by the United Nations and in other countries.There is more information and material to support this paper on our website.The Principles1. Environment: Good drug education is... Is responsive to different cultural views and realities Underpinned by a whole school Includes a normative component approach Keeps up-to-date with evidence Enhanced by family-based prevention programmes 4. Content: The selected materials and activities …2. Planning: An appropriate curriculum is... Explore attitudes to drugs and drug Relevant and responsive to the users developmental stage and Provide children and young people circumstances of the children and with opportunities to develop social young people (see Needs Assessment skills below) Use credible, reliable and up-to-date Taught in the context of other sources explore, contrast, and, where personal, social and health issues. appropriate, support (or challenge) Manageable given available attitudes to self and others, to drugs, to resources drug use and non-use - and to drug Informed by programmes that users and non-users produce achievable outcomes Strengthen protective factors Developmental: re-visited, Minimise risk factors consolidated and extended throughout childhood and youth 5. Evaluation: The programme is informed Supported by appropriate training by... Evidence based and/or evaluated Assessment3. Practice: The educator... Monitoring Impact evaluation Creates a comfortable classroom climate Uses interactive teaching styles w: www.drugeducationforum.com t: @drugforum e: def@mentoruk.org p: 020 7739 8494