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Health Education: Drugs

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what type of training teachers providing drugs education in secondary schools are required to undertake; and what the duration of such training is. (254036)

There is no requirement for teachers to undertake particular training on drug education. Drug education is delivered through personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE). The Department provides £2 million funding each year to train teachers and professionals who deliver PSHE. Over 8,000 practitioners (primarily teachers) have completed the national PSHE continuing professional development (CPD) programme since it began in 2003, and there are a further 1,600 practitioners undertaking the programme this year. Schools also have access to a variety of CPD provision through their local authorities and commercial provision.

The Department is exploring with the Training and Development Agency for Schools how a route through initial teacher training can be created to become a specialist PSHE teacher.