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Know The Score – New Resources for Post Primary Educators

    alcohol and drugs training for teachers

    alcohol and drugs training for teachersKnow The Score is the first national evidence-based resource on alcohol and drugs for senior cycle students (15-18yrs) developed in partnership between public health and education professionals aimed at engaging young people in exploring and considering a wide range of topics related to the risks associated with alcohol and drugs. The overall aim of the resource is to enable young people to make conscious and informed decisions about alcohol and drugs.

    The resource contains 14 lesson plans addressing alcohol and drug use using interactive and experiential teaching methodologies and was jointly developed by the HSE, the Department of Education & Science and the Drug and Alcohol Task Forces. The training being offered will support teachers to deliver this programme in their schools.

    The main resource is supported by three videos

    • Drugs,the Brain and dependency
    • Cannabis
    • Risks of Adolescent Substance Use

    Know the Score (1 Day) Training for teachers beginning in Spring 2020

    • Cork –  Ennismore Montenotte Cork – 13th March 2020
    • Dublin – National Sports Campus. Snug borough Road, Dublin 15 – 11th March 2020
    • Dublin – Blackrock Education Centre, Dublin 4 – 22nd April 2020
    • Dublin – Kilnamanagh Tymon Primary Care Centre. Dublin 24 – TBC
    • Galway – Galway Educuation Centre – 28th January 2020
    • Limerick – Limerick Education Centre – 2nd April 2020
    • Monaghan – Monaghan Education Centre – 4th February 2020
    • Wexford – Wexford Education Centre, Enniscorthy – 4th March 2020
    • Westmeath – Athlone Education Centre – 5th March 2020

    This training is approved for substitution cover through the DES

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    Resources for Substance Use


    Alcohol Industry Funded Initiatives – The HSE and the Department of Health recommend that you do not involve alcohol industry funded initiatives in health education in your school. This policy is also supported by the Department of Education and Skills. Visit for the HSE information on alcohol.

    Drugs and Alcohol Task Forces – In some areas, staff from the local drug and alcohol taskforce may be willing to come in to talk to students about issues related to drug and alcohol use in the local area, it is recommended that they supplement, rather than replace, the work of the SPHE teacher on substance use in line DES Guidelines on external facilitators.

    Department of Education Guidelines on external facilitators – This circular states that ‘The qualified classroom teacher is the best placed professional to work sensitively and consistently with students and she/he can have a powerful impact on influencing students’ attitudes, values, and behaviour in all aspects of wellbeing education.