The DARE programme is delivered into primary schools – either directly by one of our highly trained DARE Officers, by us sharing the delivery with your teaching staff or by you completely.
The course teaches children to be responsible, to think about the consequences of their actions and to make informed decisions.
It also gives age appropriate, accurate and up to date facts and information which enables children to learn about the health effects which drugs have on the human body.
As the course progresses, learning develops and children’s awareness around communication, resisting pressure and managing stressful situations improve.
Children are extremely vulnerable to peer pressure and don’t know the facts about drugs and alcohol – they are often unaware of how to communicate effectively, or deal with risky situations. School has a responsibility to ensure children leave fully equipped for transition to secondary school/adolescence and all that entails and to ensure that they will be able to make safe and healthy choices.
The longer term impact of drug use can be seen on the individual, family, wider community and society in a range of different ways including physical and mental health issues, crime and antisocial behaviour and domestic abuse. This can indirectly affect all of us including financially and socially.
Parents often don’t have the confidence or knowledge in order to teach children about drugs and alcohol. We encourage parents to be involved in the programme by attending a parent/carer information briefing at the beginning of the course, by encouraging and working with children on their course homework and by providing feedback on the course and attending the graduation.
At the start of the programme pupils are introduced to the DARE Crew - Michael, Josh, Darryl and Ami. The DARE Crew manage to get themselves into a range of difficult situations by making poor decisions and it is the job of the class with the support of the DARE Officer to learn how best to help them. Alongside this the class will also learn how to use our unique DARE DECISION MAKING MODEL which allows children to practice making more complex decisions in a step by step way.
The course comes with access to video clips of the DARE crew as they demonstrate how easy it is to get it wrong; question and answer sessions along with practice and decision making discussions enable the children to share their views and to develop new skills in a safe environment.
The course is delivered over 10 weekly hour long lessons, with an additional graduation session. You can choose to have the programme delivered wholly by one of our highly trained DARE Officers, to deliver the course yourself, or to share the delivery. If you decide to deliver the course yourself we can provide training to support your delivery.
Whichever option you decide upon, we will provide all the resources needed for the full course to be delivered including access to videos, PowerPoint presentation and comprehensive lesson plans. For each child there will be a workbook, a name card, and a graduation certificate.
Before the programme begins you will be contacted by our DARE Officer who will discuss your requirements and plan how we will work with you in order to deliver the programme in your school. We will agree dates for the delivery of lessons and for the graduation and will offer a parent/carer briefing to enable parents/carers to be fully involved in the DARE programme and to support their children during the course.
We have many schools who have been involved in the DARE programme since delivery began in 1995. Many use our services year after year; this has enabled in excess of 360,000 young people to graduate and learn how to make better choices.
At the end of the course the children write a D.A.R.E. report in which they can reflect on what they have learned. This is often completed as part of a literacy lesson, with the class teacher.
The course ends with the graduation at week 11 when the children get an opportunity to show off all that they have learned to invited guests – which could be other classes, parents and carers or funders. Graduations can range from simple to very grand affairs and may include the reading of DARE reports, singing of the DARE song and maybe a play, a short sketch or poetry related to the learning that has taken place.
Our internal quality standards framework is important to us and we use all comments received in order to help improve our programme.
We undertake wrap around feedback on the DARE primary programme and ensure that we ask children, parents/carers and teachers/head teachers for their thoughts about the programme.
We are also in the process of returning to interview DARE graduates from past courses (some from over 20 years ago!) to see what they recall about the programme and how what they learned on the course was useful for them over the years.
‘if someone offered me alcohol I would refuse and walk away’
‘I learned how to stand up to bullies and tell a trusted adult’
‘I learned that drugs are sometimes good for you when you are ill, but mostly they aren’t’
Externally, our programmes meet the requirements of the Mentor-Adepis quality standards, for example:
Clear and relevant learning outcomes and learning objectives are set and assessed – All lessons have clear learning outcomes which are shared at the start of each session.
A baseline assessment is completed in lesson one in relation to the children’s subject knowledge - Learning is assessed via questioning and observation of tasks during throughout the course and lesson reviews and the final DARE report is completed which demonstrates clearly the learning that has taken place.
Schools* are invited to make use of the D-Vibe assessment tool in addition to the programme assessment in order to establish a clear understanding of where pupils ‘are at’ in relation to their knowledge of drug and alcohol. (Link to D-Vibe)
*not available in all schools – please check locally or ask us for more details
Positive social norms are reinforced – DARE ensures that children are aware that the overwhelming majority of young people do not regularly use drugs or alcohol
Learning is interactive - the DARE primary programme uses a range of teaching methods to ensure all children are involved, engaged and their learning style is allowed for - including video clips, workbooks, question and answer sessions, small and whole class discussion.
We recruit and train all our or DARE Officers to a high standard.
All DARE Officers will have prior experience of working in an area relevant to the subject matter together with experience in supporting others through the learning process.
All DARE Officers are subject to enhanced DBS checks and undergo annual refresher training in Safeguarding Children & Young People, along with other relevant continuous professional development.
Our 6 day intensive training course for DARE Officers includes drug and alcohol information, teaching and learning, classroom management, safeguarding and partnership working. At the end of the course DARE Officers are assessed in a live classroom environment and given an overall rating for their performance. Feedback is then carried through to termly quality assurance school visits by our Training Manager or Senior DARE Officer, with a view to ongoing development of knowledge and skills.
Want to test us out? Check out our taster session here. This session will let you see how the lessons work without the commitment of the full course. We are sure that you will like it and will refund your taster session fee if you book a whole course afterwards.
In the taster lesson the children will look at ‘helpful’ and ‘harmful’ as well as ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ drugs, they will learn about the DARE DECISION MAKING MODEL and the begin to think about how using this might help them in getting out of tricky situations. As the teacher you can see how the course works in practice and check out for yourself the quality of the resources and the delivery.
Want to chat about things? Any questions or queries? Give us a call on 0300 111 3273 and we will be happy to help.