Drug and alcohol education — lesson plans, resources & knowledge organisers

Drug and alcohol education — lesson plans, resources & knowledge organisers

The PSHE Association drug and alcohol schemes of work for key stages 1-4 have been developed for Public Health England. This resource pack includes lesson plans and resources for each key stage, as well as a comprehensive teacher guidance document, knowledge organisers and an evidence review of effective drug and alcohol education practice

These materials explore the facts, laws, risks and consequences associated with drug and alcohol use, as well as the dangers of household products and prescribed medications. They will equip pupils to manage influences and pressure, and provide them with the knowledge, understanding, attributes, and strategies to keep themselves healthy and safe.

Schools must now cover drug and alcohol education as part of statutory Health Education, Relationships Education/RSE requirements, so this pack will provide you with the materials you need to do so with confidence. Our mapping tables will allow you to identify where the lessons address this statutory content and relevant learning opportunities from the PSHE Association Programme of Study core themes. The accompanying evidence review provides an accessible overview of the evidence base for effective drug and alcohol education.

Materials are free for everyone to download in PDF format, with additional PowerPoint versions available exclusively to members of the PSHE Association, complete with:

  • Teacher-only slides with clear guidance notes to support you through lesson delivery
  • Student-facing slides to support engaging lessons
  • A range of activities to deliver during lessons

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At key stages 1 and 2

Pupils build age-appropriate foundational skills and underpinning knowledge including:

  • Safety rules at home for medicines and household products, including what medicines and vaccinations are and how they help to keep people healthy
  • The risks and effects of using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
  • Managing pressure and influences including that from peers and the media
  • How to seek help and support for themselves or others in relation to health and/or substances

At key stages 3 and 4

Students build age-appropriate foundational skills and underpinning knowledge including:

  • The risks and effects of a range of substances including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • Attitudes towards the use of alcohol and other drugs, including positive social norms that highlight the low rates of use
  • About the law in relation to alcohol and other drugs, including longer term impacts of drug-related charges
  • How to assess and manage risk and decision-making in relation to alcohol and other drugs
  • How to manage pressure, influence and seek support for themselves or others in relation to alcohol and other drugs

PSHE Association Chief Executive Jonathan Baggaley says:
“'Drug and alcohol use amongst children and young people remains a major public health concern. High quality PSHE provides the preventative education they need, so we are delighted to have developed this comprehensive suite of PSHE education lessons, guidance, resources and evidence for Public Health England. These materials will support teachers to deliver drug and alcohol education to a high standard, while meeting new statutory Health Education requirements."
Peter Burkinshaw, Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Recovery Lead, Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco and Justice Division, Health Improvement, Public Health England:
“'‘We are very pleased to have worked with the PSHE Association to develop a resource pack for drug, alcohol and tobacco education lessons. The lesson plans and teacher guidance will help to teach pupils the facts and risks associated with drug, alcohol and tobacco use, the benefits of smoking cessation and how to access support. They will provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and strategies of how to keep themselves healthy and safe when navigating situations in which they may encounter substances."

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At a glance:

Resource type(s)

Lesson plans


Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education
Healthy Lifestyles


Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

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