National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference
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National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference

National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference

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Middlesex University London

The Burroughs

London, United Kingdom

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National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference

Evidence-based best practice in alcohol and drugs education: empowering young people to make healthy choices

A day for professionals to hear from leading experts on the latest research on alcohol and drugs prevention, attend a choice of workshops on evidence-based programmes and receive planning and evaluation advice for effective PSHE.

On 19th October 2016 two charities, The Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor, are bringing together a group of experts to showcase evidence-based and effective good practice that can be used in education settings across the UK for alcohol and drugs education and prevention.

Keynote: Sarah Newton MP, Home Office Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Other speakers and panel members to include:

  • Helena Conibear – CEO, The Alcohol Education Trust
  • Jenny Barksfield – Deputy CEO, PSHE Association
  • Michael O’Toole – Chief Executive, Mentor
  • Janet Palmer – PSHE Lead, Ofsted
  • Dr. David Regis – Research Manager, The Schools Health Education Unit
  • Professor Harry Sumnall – Professor in Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health and ACMD Member
  • Professor Betsy Thom – Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at Middlesex University
  • Dr. Arrash Arya Yassaee MBBS – TSG Think Tank Lead, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, the London Forum for Science and Policy at Imperial College London

About the conference

This conference and selection of workshops will offer teachers, PSHE leads, Local Authorities and those working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people the opportunity to learn about the most highly trialled and rigorously tested programmes that are available across the UK.

Alcohol and drugs are taught at a basic level through the science curriculum in schools, but the life and resilience skills that young people need to prevent drug use and enable them to make healthy choices about drugs and alcohol as they get older can be better developed through Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education or other teaching opportunities. Schools, local authorities and educators in non-formal education settings can benefit from guidance regarding effective, evidence-based alcohol and drugs prevention programmes, as well as support to improve training, content and delivery.

On the day

The morning session is dedicated to exploring drinking and drug use trends among young people in the UK, Government and Public Health priorities for preventative and early intervention work in drugs and alcohol in England and about evidenced-based programmes. The morning will conclude with a Q+A session where delegates will be invited to share their questions and experiences around drugs and alcohol education to a panel of experts.

The afternoon sessions will offer delegates an opportunity to attend workshops on:

  • effective PSHE planning for alcohol and drugs education
  • bespoke approaches for children with SEND
  • meeting OFSTED criteria
  • taster training sessions for evidence-based programmes such as Talk About Alcohol, SHAHRP, Unplugged and the Good Behaviour Game

Delegates will leave with resources and have and access to training presentations.

Event information and workshop descriptions available here

Who should attend

The National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference will be beneficial to anyone working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people, including:

  • primary and secondary school teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • PSHE coordinators
  • external education providers
  • community practitioners
  • Local Authorities
  • public health professionals
  • charities
  • youth offender teams
  • social workers
  • youth workers


FREE tickets are for teachers and PSHE Leads only. All others are asked to pay for their ticket. This is to help offset the costs of the conference in such a way as to allow as many educators to attend.

If you are unsure of whether you qualify for a free ticket, please email Kate Hooper at

Other information:

Exhibiting at the conference

We are able to offer a limited number of exhibition stands at a cost of £500 which includes:

  • table, chairs and space for a pop-up banner
  • entry for the stand holder plus ONE colleague
  • inclusion in conference materials

If your company is interested in exhibiting, please email Jade Forester at


If your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities for this national conference, please contact Irahyma Paredes at

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