…delivering drug and life skills education since 1995
We have been developing and delivering our drug and life skills education resources for teachers in UK schools for 21 years. Our programmes are put together using evidence from research and follow government guidelines and best practice.
A national issue
Drug and substance misuse by young people in the UK costs around £28 Billion each year. Statistics show that 11% of young people have tried drugs at some point and we know that regular abuse can start with the casual use of ‘soft drugs’.
Proven to be effective
Not only has an independent study shown that our programmes are effective on all major outcomes, teachers have rated them ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. Parent feedback shows that their children developed new skills and knowledge as a result of our courses.
One of the UK’s largest deliverers of Life Skills Education resources for teachers
Life Skills Education programmes are run in almost 300 schools and delivered to over 10,000 young people per year. Since the very first course in the UK in 1995 over 360,000 young people have been through one of our courses.
That said, D.A.R.E. programmes are delivered by different organisations in 52 different countries around the world. All use the D.A.R.E. decision making model but each is developed specifically for the country in which it is used. We developed ours in conjunction with the original writers at Penn State University to ensure that we continue to benefit from the research that underpins the programme.
The DARE Decision Making Model
All of our courses revolve around the DARE Decision Making Model (DDMM). This is a unique framework that helps young people to make informed, balanced choices by Defining the issue, Assessing their options and possible consequences, Responding by making an informed decision and Evaluating their response.
The DDMM is a golden thread throughout our programmes which cover topics around alcohol, tobacco, new psychoactive substances, cannabis and solvents which can be delivered by our fully trained DARE Officers.
Because every child deserves the right to make an informed decision
Our Life Skills Education resources for teachers are a cost effective way to deliver your PSHE curriculum surrounding issues around life skills education such as:
• Personal responsibility
• Decision making
• Risks and consequences
• Dealing with pressure
• Use and misuse of legal and illegal drugs
• Peer group pressure
• Solvent abuse
Feedback from teachers, parents and young people as well as independent studies show anecdotal and statistical improvements on decision making skills and knowledge surrounding these issues.
For more information on our effectiveness, go here.
Why reinvent the PSHE wheel?
Our programmes are developed using evidence based research, following government guidelines and best practice and in conjunction with a wide array of outside agencies including local government, local health agencies, Mentor ADEPIS, and education specialists to name but a few. With the growing pressures elsewhere in schools why not let us lighten the load of your PSHE requirements for you?
• Outside intervention – You can choose how many sessions (if any) you want our fully trained D.A.R.E. Officers to deliver at your school
• Children have fun – Our courses are designed to engage young people in an enjoyable and interactive way using a variety of delivery methods
• A cost effective tool – You can have a course fully delivered by one of our D.A.R.E. Officers for as little as £2.45 per child per week. A 3% discount is available for booking a second year
• Healthier young people – Able to make positive choices to reduce the risks of harmful behaviour
• Encourage interaction at home – 73% of parents have said that their children actively engaged with them at home on topics discussed on our programmes
‘The children thoroughly enjoy the DARE programme and through the homework activities they discuss issues at home I have had many favourable comments from parents. The children really enjoy the graduation and put a lot of effort into making up poems, songs and sketches to perform.’
Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School.
‘The course was again, very well presented by the DARE Officer. He enthused the children and they felt they could ask questions. This work fitted superbly into PSHE lessons and the school’s bullying policy.’
John Blow School.
All our D.A.R.E. Officers undergo a 6-day intensive training programme
We have a large network of fully qualified and trained D.A.R.E. Officers, each having been through an extensive training programme (including an ‘in classroom’ assessment) and are subject to termly quality assurance monitoring.
• Increase knowledge surrounding drugs, alcohol and substance abuse
• Making safe and responsible choices
• Communication and listening
• Getting help from others.
Your course, your way
So you want to help your young people understand how to deal with risks and consequences and free up your staff time in the process? Great! We have a range of life skills education resources for teachers at both Primary and Secondary age groups as well as some resources for use by community groups.
Our Life Skills Education Resources for teachers provide a cohesive curriculum that progresses from primary Key Stage 2 up to Secondary Key Stage 4 as well as community based programmes and combine the use of:
1. A mix of delivery staff including teachers and our own staff
2. A wide range of resources including visual slides, videos, role play activities and workbooks to record learning
3. A truly comprehensive set of lesson plans to facilitate delivery
4. Quality Assurance, monitoring and feedback.
Get free postage when you choose a course delivered in full or part by a D.A.R.E. Officer.
Need more proof? Try us out
There’s only one way to see if our courses are right for you and that’s to test them out. We offer taster sessions of our courses delivering session 1 for just £50. If you decide to go ahead with the full course, and we’re sure you will, then that £50 charge is deducted from the cost of the full course.