Free alcohol education training available for Hertfordshire schools

    Published: 21 February 2019

    Herts for Learning is working in partnership with the Alcohol Education Trust (AET) to deliver free training to secondary school staff.

    Schools are being invited to book onto the next “Talk about Alcohol” training event taking place on Monday 11th March from 4.00pm - 5.30pm at Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potters Bar.

    The twilight session will look at interactive resources on alcohol and the law, alcohol and its effects, units and guidelines and staying safe, as well as a range of activities for more vulnerable children.

    The training, which is free for Hertfordshire schools to attend, also includes a free Talk about Alcohol resource pack. This highly evidenced award-winning pack includes lesson plans by topic, age and ability, implementation advice, a DVD of four true short films and 60 pictorial-rich activity cards aimed at children with additional needs and ESL.

    Alcohol misuse, especially in young people, has dominated the news in September 2018 with a new study for the World Health Organisation showing that British girls are among the worst in Europe for binge drinking and teenage girls in England, Scotland and Wales take three of the top six places in a drinking league table comparing 36 European nations.

    However a recent study ‘The Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People’ (NHS Digital, November 2017) suggests that young people’s attitudes towards drinking is slightly improving. Some of the statistics from the study included:

    • 50% of students agreed that it was okay to try alcohol to see what it’s like
    • 19% said it was okay to try getting drunk to see what it was like
    • The average age of first whole drink is age just 13
    • There were a record number of schools exclusions for drugs and alcohol, (9,250 in 2016)
    • 7% thought it was okay to get drunk once a week

    The effects of alcohol misuse on a student’s education has also been recently evidenced. Research from the Department for Education (2010) shows an association between 14-year-olds drinking once or twice a week and lower scores at GCSE – a drop of around 20 points or three grades. Drinking on most days is associated with an 80-point drop.

    The research states: “It is likely that there may be a cycle of lower aspirations/poor attitude to education and alcohol consumption that ultimately leads to lower attainment.”

    “The evidence demonstrates the importance of educating our students about the consequences of alcohol and exploring their attitudes and behaviours.” said Karin Hutchinson, Lead Wellbeing Adviser at HfL.

    “Herts for Learning is delighted to be working with the Alcohol Education Trust to deliver this free training. I would encourage as many schools as possible to attend.”

    The training session will take place on Monday 11th March from 4.00pm - 5.30pm at Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potters Bar. Spaces are limited, so schools are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.  

    To find out more or to register your interest, please email


    Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2016, NHS Digital, November 2017:

    Young People’s Alcohol Consumption and its Relationship to Other Outcomes and Behaviour, Department for Education, 2010:

    Find out more: The Alcohol Education Trust

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