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IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, March 26, 2007

Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities

Invitation to Submit Feedback: Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities

Education Gazette: Volume 86 Number 4 19 March 2007

Educating NZ is working with the Ministries of Health, Education and Youth Development to develop a matrix of learning outcomes for levels 1–8 within the NZ Health and Physical Education Curriculum for Drug Education. A draft matrix has been written and schools and teachers interested in providing feedback may download a copy from

Please return your feedback by 23 April.

Educating NZ received funding from the Ministry of Health's Drug Policy Discretionary Fund to develop a Matrix of learning outcomes to assist teachers in delivering effective drug education in line with current curriculum developments. Following on from the principal led training workshops of 2005 it was identified that schools are seeking further guidance on how they can be delivering effective programmes.

The Matrix will take teachers step-by-step through the new curriculum levels of learning and detail the knowledge, understanding and skills that students should develop through learning at levels 1-8. The Matrix will reflect the outcomes of the new curriculum.

This initiative supports the recommendations in the Ministry of Youth Development's Best Practice Handbook for strengthening drug education.The project is one of collaboration between the Ministries of Health, Education and Youth Development. It will also involve the Alcohol Advisory Council of NZ, the NZ Drug Foundation, NZ Health Teachers Association and organisations of school Principals.

A one-day workshop for principals of schools with year 7-13 students

Over 250 principals of schools with students in years 7-13 attended regional one-day workshops during May and June 2005 that provided practical advice about planning for and implementing drug education in their schools.

The workshop was run by Educating NZ using well-known principals from most regions of New Zealand. The workshops were funded by the Ministry of Youth Development to promote best practice in school-based drug education.

The workshops focused on two new Ministry publications-Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities: A Best Practice Handbook and A Practical Guide for Years 7-13.

Drug Education (DrugEd)

This Ministry of Education programme in 1998-2000 saw over 1000 schools running their own professional development to improve drug education delivery in schools. The Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) funded it. Educating NZ project director Janelle Grady managed the funding, evaluation and monitoring on behalf of the MOE.

Download a copy of the draft matrix to provide feedback here

Please return your feedback with the matrix
by 23rd April 2007 to:
Lynley Bell, Educating NZ,
PO Box 12345, Wellington.
Fax to (04) 471 1547
Email to

Blair Anderson
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