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Know the Score Training and Resources for Post Primary Teachers

Know the Score (1 Day) new training beginning in Spring 2020

Know The Score is the first national evidence-based resource on alcohol and drugs for senior cycle students (15-18yrs) developed in partnership between public health and education professionals aimed at engaging young people in exploring and considering a wide range of topics related to the risks associated with alcohol and drugs. The overall aim of the resource is to enable young people to make conscious and informed decisions about alcohol and drugs.

The resource contains 14 lesson plans addressing alcohol and drug use using interactive and experiential teaching methodologies and was jointly developed by the HSE, the Department of Education & Science and the Drug and Alcohol Task Forces. The training being offered will support teachers to deliver this programme in their schools. 

The main resource is supported by three videos

  1.  Drugs,the Brain and dependency
  2. Cannabis
  3. Risks of Adolescent Substance Use

Upcoming Training for Teachers

CorkEnnismore Montenotte Cork13th March 2020
DublinThe Deaf Village, 7 Ratoath Road, Cabra West, Dublin 711th March 2020
DublinBlackrock Education Centre Dublin 422nd April 2020
DublinKilnamanagh Tymon Primary Care Centre. Dublin 24

24th January 2020 


Colab, LYIT, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 5th March 2020


Galway Education Centre28th January 2020
LimerickLimerick Education Centre2nd April 2020
WexfordWexford Education Centre Enniscorthy4th March 2020
WestmeathAthlone Education Centre5th March 2020

This training is approved for substitution cover through the DES

Book your place here:  www.sphe.ie  

Resources for Substance Use

Programmes for Substance Use

  • Alcohol Industry Funded Initiatives - The HSE and the Department of Health recommend that you do not involve alcohol industry funded initiatives in health education in your school. This policy is also supported by the Department of Education and Skills. Visit www.askaboutalcohol.ie  for the HSE information on alcohol.
  • Drugs and Alcohol Task Forces - In some areas, staff from the local drug and alcohol taskforce may be willing to come in to talk to students about issues related to drug and alcohol use in the local area, it is recommended that they supplement, rather than replace, the work of the SPHE teacher on substance use in line DES Guidelines on external facilitators.  
  • Department of Education Guidelines on external facilitators - This circular states that ‘The qualified classroom teacher is the best placed professional to work sensitively and consistently with students and she/he can have a powerful impact on influencing students’ attitudes, values, and behaviour in all aspects of wellbeing education.