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Drugs Education Years 8-13

Simon Leigh Presentation/ Evening Presentation by the charity Addaction for parents

It is a concern of ours that young people nationally and locally are encountering drugs outside of school.  In response to rising concerns, we feel it is our duty to educate our students about the dangers of drug taking and the far reaching negative consequences of drug use.  With this in mind we have booked an external speaker who will talk to students in Years 8 – 13 about this issue. The presentation to students in Years 8 – 11 will be on Monday 5 March and to students in Years 12 – 13 on Monday 12 March 2018.

Our speaker is Simon Leigh. Simon is a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor specializing in the treatment of Addictive Disorders. He qualified with a Masters Degree in Addiction Counselling and is both accredited by, and an examiner for, the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP). He also holds a CENAPS Certificate in Relapse Prevention Counselling. Simon comes highly recommended by a number of schools in Kent and has been used by many schools nationwide.

We encourage you to speak to your son/daughter about this after the PSHE session in school and welcome you to contact the school should you have any concerns relating to this issue. To support you in this, there will also be an evening presentation by the charity Addaction for parents on Monday 12 March from 7.00 – 8.30pm in the Main Hall. This will keep you abreast of what your child is learning, thus promoting open discussions at home. It will cover the importance of evidence based education around substances and how to talk to young people about drugs including the use of prescription medication (Xanax use) within this. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions. If you would like to attend this presentation, please book online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addaction-talk-tickets-43544136685. There is no charge for this event.

Yours Sincerely

Amanda Simpson

Headteacher