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HIEDA/BSA – Update on drink, drugs and vaping – what should we be teaching?

26 January @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Venue: Zoom (online) – seminar

Audience: Pastoral Leaders, Houseparents, PSHEE teachers, School Nurses.

Course outline

Young people are growing up in a world in which they are very likely to encounter drugs, alcohol and vaping. They need to know the facts about what they might encounter and also how they can avoid dangerous activities. This seminar is designed to improve the knowledge of those who are teaching, and supporting, young people to navigate through these issues.

The seminar will also consider the growing use of snus which is causing significant concern in schools. We will consider strategies that can be implemented in schools. More information can be found in the following links”

First vapes, now ‘snus’: the nicotine pouches taking over schools (thetimes.co.uk)

Snus use by footballers: PFA to conduct study into use of tobacco product – BBC Sport

Training topics will include:

  • Recent trends in alcohol, drug and vape use
  • The facts associated with substance misuse
  • The effects of substance misuse
  • The law relating to substance misuse
  • Appropriate support for those encountering difficulties involving substance misuse
  • Agencies that can offer further support

Learning outcomes:

  • The ability to teach about the facts and effects of alcohol, drugs and vaping.
  • To be able to answer questions confidently when asked about substance misuse.
  • To be able to offer appropriate support to a young person who is encountering difficulties due to substance misuse and to know when it must be escalated.


  • HIEDA/BSA Member Rate: £110
  • Non-member Rate: £220*

*If you would like to become a member and access discounted rates for Hieda CPD and events, please click here.

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Dave Parvin:

A former Drug Squad Officer- Dave has seen the damage and destruction first hand that  ‘drugs’ can bring to those who choose to have a life that involves the use of these substances and as such is passionate about raising the awareness of the ‘potential risks and dangers’ associated with this life style. Since leaving the police Dave over the last 17 years has delivered hundreds of Drug Awareness Sessions to Schools and Colleges all over the country engaging with all parties (Students/Staff and Parental Sessions) to ensure his key message about raising the awareness of the real risks and dangers associated with many substances young people in particular are likely to come into contact with. He does not preach and delivers his presentations in a ‘non judgemental manner’ in his own ‘unique style’, ensuring that his audiences engage with him from the very minute he starts to speak. He also has strong links with NAMSS (National Association for Managers of Student Services), the BSA (Boarding School Association) and Hieda (Health in Education) delivering bespoke Drug Awareness Training events for their staff (including work overseas with international schools).


26 January
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Health in Education Association