An education session which enables pupils to learn about the effects and consequences of drug use and misuse through critical thinking, discussion and hands-on interactive learning. It is led by trained and experienced members of the Seized! education team at Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Pupils are asked to come up with a list of drugs from which a discussion will be facilitated. This discussion provides a strong introduction to the subject of drug use and addiction (including medicines, alcohol, tobacco, volatile substances and illegal drugs) and is followed by a look at our simulated drugs box which allows pupils to learn what drugs look like and what the effects and consequences of taking them could be. The booze goggle challenge is a fun activity with a serious point relating to alcohol use. The law regarding cannabis, legal highs, steroids etc. is also outlined.
During the session pupils are encouraged to question some firmly held beliefs. What is the most addictive and harmful substance, for instance. Our staff help pupils offer their own opinions and listen to others, enabling them to make informed choices in the future.
Our unique relationship with the UK Border Force and training programme ensure our staff up to date with the latest seizures, discoveries and thinking in drugs education.
Hooked links to PSHE with its focus on the use and misuse of both recreational and medicinal drugs, making healthier choices, keeping safe, strengthening self esteem and providing an opportunity for informed debate. Following the changes to the curriculum the teaching of PSHE is still encouraged but with no statutory guidelines.
In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens.