Over 75% of primary schools
and over 50% of secondary schools in the UK
use Tacade resources
New Edition 2010
The aim of the four 'Keys To...' resources is to provide key sessions on important health issues that may be used in mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools and that are inclusive of children and young people with a visual impairment. All pupil/student sheets are in large font, with a FREE CD Rom included that will enable the pupils/students to increase/decrease the font as required.
Each resource contains ten key sessions covering aspects of knowledge and understanding, attitudes and skills development with activities utilising a variety of learning styles.
The approach enables schools to deliver the main aspects of drugs education as recommended by all the major guidance documents for schools, including Drugs: Guidance for Schools; Personal and social framework for 7-19 year olds in Wales; and Curriculum for Excellence.
NEW 'Keys to alcohol...' for children aged 7-11 years old.
Several large scale surveys have confirmed that many children begin drinking alcohol between the ages of 8-12 years, although very few will drink on a regular basis. This resource is, therefore, highly relevant for all children in Primary Schools. In addition, the importance of informing and involving parents/carers has been acknowledged through specific activities and other links.
- What do you already know about alcohol?
- What happens to alcohol in the body?
- What are some of the risks of drinking alcohol now and in the future?
- When and how is it best to say ?no? to alcohol?
- How can you find out more about alcohol?
‘I thought it was very good. It includes everything a teacher would need, including information to give parents. There is a good range of activities and a good fact base for teachers. I like the detailed plans, the prompt sheets and the pupil activity sheets'
Deputy Head, Bratton Primary School, Wiltshire
‘I am very impressed with the resource and find it very informative, clear and easy to follow. A good range of issues, activites and areas included'
Drug Education Co-ordinator, Cumbria
Life Matters - New!
A board game for young people aged 13-19 years old about life's opportunities, risks and challenges... sexual health and behaviour, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
Life Matters has proven to be extremely effective in engaging young people in discussions about a variety of issues around sexual health and sexual behaviour, alcohol, smoking and other drugs.
The pack consists of:
- 1 dice
- 6 playing tokens
- 6 female bodies with 7 body parts
- 6 male bodies with 7 body parts
- 55 questions about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
- 55 questions about sexual health and sexual behaviour
- 12 ?life? cards
- 1 Life Matters board
It can be played by up to twelve people and takes about one hour to complete. The winner is the first player to finish with all seven body parts intact! Response to the game has been very positive and indicates that it is an excellent way for young people to learn about important issues relating to their health and wellbeing, including sexual health and behaviour, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
The game throws up the unexpected and shows how it takes knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of issues and sound decision making to become a winner. The issues raised will inevitably continue the discussions and inevitably lead to requests to replay the game, since only a fraction of the questions will be raised during any one game.
‘I thought I would email you to say how we enjoy the Life Matters board game. I have played it with several different groups and all the young people enjoyed it so much that they did not want to put it away. It really is valuable resource'
Headteacher, North Yorkshire
for the Primary School Child Part 5: The World of Alcohol
New Edition 2010
||This resource is intended to
increase children’s knowledge about alcohol and its
effects, address and clarify their attitudes towards its use,
and to help to enhance and develop the skills required to deal
with alcohol related situations.
- 7 key lessons including: Alcohol – what is it?;
Making choices; and Keeping safe with alcohol.
- Photocopiable classroom materials
- 11 workshops for teachers, whole school staff, parents and governors.
- 2 Background papers on the alcohol education curriculum and
the use of alcohol by children and young people.
‘We held a High Risk Behaviour Training Day for PSHE school staff and Health Improvement Workers based in schools. It is a resource which will be used in a fun and creative way to deliver PSHE'
Healthy Schools Programme
|ASK - Alcohol... Tobacco... and other Drugs
The ASK model: Attitudes; Skills development; and Knowledge and understanding has long been recognised as the most effective approach for drugs education.
These materials are intended for use with students aged 11-14 years old, with a particular emphasis on the more vulnerable and at risk groups.
The materials comprise 49 easy to use trigger sheets that may be used on a one-to-one or on a group basis to stimulate discussion about a range of issues relating to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The trigger sheets are intended to enhance current curriculum provision and may be integrated easily into the ongoing work, utilising a variety of learning and teaching styles.
'Teachers rated this resource positively ... it was felt
to be useful for a wide range of age groups and activities or
the basis for a lesson at school'
Research Works Limited Evaluation Report
Independent Pre-testing and Trialling:
The findings from this qualitative pre-testing/trialling
indicated that teachers rated this resource positively. The
majority of respondents felt the resource had a range of core
strengths which led them to view the resource as 'very usable' in
PSHE lessons. These views were further supported when the resource
was tested within the classroom situation.
'ASK' was highlighted as an instant accessible and versatile
resource for both teachers and pupils. These were key strengths.
The trigger sheets format was rated as ideal for the variety of
PSHE classes and teaching situations. Equally less confident
teachers felt more secure with the trigger sheet approach.
Coverage of specific drug topics and the range of exercises and
approaches employed was considered comprehensive. The layout,
design clarity of language and tone were also positively rated. In
practice, pupils also enjoyed using the resource.
The resource structure, 'ASK', was praised. Equally the range
of trigger sheets enhanced the potential usage of the resource as
a regular element within drug education classes. Overall, the
resource was felt to be useful for a wide range of age groups and
abilities within mainstream education.
Research Works Ltd., London
Drugs & Alcohol - material for use with young people of all
New Edition 2010. Now
available in coil-bound format
||An interactive resource for
young people aged 14-19 particularly those with low levels of
literacy. ‘Sex, Drugs & Alcohol’ can be used in
schools, colleges, informal youth settings, with young people in
care and with young people involved in the criminal justice
Sex Drugs & Alcohol contains:
- 15 core activities plus extension activities
- 25 cartoon style illustrations showing situations common to
- Background papers and support information for facilitators
This resource has been used in our Adult Training Centre
with the 16 to 19 year old residents during the weekly 'Looking
after myself' sessions. The young women have found the several
sessions that have dealt with issues out of the resource
incredibly beneficial. In particular, the family planning,
relationships and getting home safely sections have definitely
made a difference to the young women as Sunraye and they are now
much more aware of their actions in regarding relationships and
spending social time in the community.
Save the Family
Sex education and the issues of drug and alcohol abuse
are already comprehensively covered in our schools but these
packs will help reinforce the messages we are trying to get
across. The materials are excellent, particularly as they are
designed for use with young people of all abilities. This Tacade
resource aims to enable young people to make use of their own
ideas, experiences and concerns as well as increasing their
awareness and understanding of sexual health issues, and the
risks associated with alcohol use and drug taking.
We want young people to be able to explore attitudes, values and
feelings about sexuality and gender issues, prejudice and
discrimination. It will also help them build on their personal
and social skills.
States of Guernsey
Drugs & Alcohol: HIV Transmission Activity - material for
use with young people of all abilities
||The HIV Transmission Activity
is part of the ‘Sex, Drugs & Alcohol’ resource
for use with young adults aged 16+. It is an interactive,
engaging way of working with young adults around the issue of
Sex, Drugs & Alcohol contains:
Due to the sensitive nature of these materials, this resource
must be bought in conjunction with the ‘Sex, Drugs and
- 17 cartoon style illustrations some of which show sexual
- Guidance notes on how to use the game
- Discussion questions.
– young people in alcohol related situations
New Edition 2010
|This resource was developed by
young people for young people aged between 14-19 years. It aims
to raise young people’s awareness and to promote sensible
appropriate drinking behaviour. The photographs provide
structured opportunities to explore some situations regarding
the use of alcohol. Produced in conjunction with St John
Ambulance, there is also some basic First Aid information for
The Alcoshots materials contain:
- 12 photographs of young people in alcohol related
- Discussion questions and fact files to explore and enhance
young people’s knowledge
- Background papers on the project process, First Aid, and
young people’s drinking.
‘Leicester City PSHEE & Citizenship Advisory Service with support from Leicester Safer Partnership and Government Office East Midlands are running the Alcohol Education Project (AEP) which sees PCAS (PSHEE & Citizenship Advisory Service) providing all our secondary schools with Alcoshots packs and running training around it's use that forms the basis for moving forward and prioritising the development of alcohol education in our schools. The pack with its photocards encourages the development of creative and reflective discussion and mirrors/reinforces aspects of SEAL approaches. The project sees PCAS using its team of PSHEE advisory teachers actively modelling the use of Alcoshots in the classroom alongside teachers and offering coaching and observation. We feel that the pack can be a powerful tool within the PSHEE Drug Education when its use is effectively planned and built into the entitlement curriculum for all students'
Team Leader, Leicester City PSHEE and Citizenship Advisory Service
the booze again: Alcohol Materials for Young People at Risk
New Edition 2010
||These materials are designed to
provide a programme of alcohol education for use in a wide
variety of settings, such as schools, Pupil Referral Units,
Young Offending Teams and informal youth settings. They are
aimed at young people of different educational abilities,
including those with poor literacy skills, to help them to
increase their knowledge of alcohol related issues, explore
attitudes and values and to improve their personal and social
There are 18 interactive participatory activities, using a
variety of learning and teaching ideas including discussion,
cartoon 'trigger' illustrations, role play, drama and collages.
The materials have been successfully trialled in a variety of
settings by involving the target groups outlined above in the
‘The resource stimulated some excellent
Teacher, EBD Unit
PSHE Co-ordinator from Selby High School reports on
trialling a new resource from Tacade:
We at Selby High School have used Tacade resources to support
the delivery of topics in PSHCE lessons for a number of years and
have found them extremely useful. They are easy for the students
to access, use terminology that the students can understand and
are teacher friendly which is a real bonus. There are also plenty
of photocopiable handouts to make planning easier.
I was asked if I would pilot a new resource 'On the Booze
again!' with students in Key Stages 3 and 4 and as I was in the
process of reviewing and changing alcohol schemes of work I
agreed. Any new materials are always worth a look!
The resource, which is aimed at young people who are already
likely to be involved with drinking alcohol, covers a wide range
of alcohol related topics. It provides students with the
opportunity to discover facts about drinking and the possible
links with other social and anti-social behaviours.
A variety of different approaches are used to deliver the
material including questionnaires, research opportunities, trigger
points for discussion and draw/write exercises.
The students in our school particularly enjoyed using the
draw/write exercises as they were seen as a tool that all could
use, irrespective of academic ability.
Those who were good at drawing completed the picture boards in
this way, those who couldn't draw very well explained their ideas
and there were those who used a combination.
Two such exercises, 'What might happen' based on a group of
young people drinking and starting a fire and 'Girl on a bus'
which involces some girls drinking on the back seat of a bus,
obviously annoying other passengers, were particularly popular
with students. Each scenario can lead to a consideration of
consequences, emotional feelings, risks and decision making and it
is amazing how students' minds work. Some tremendous discussions
took place as a result of these exercises. Other topics covered
include alcohol and the law, links between alcohol and sexual
activity, possible medical issues and how to drink alcohol and
In addition some interesting background papers are included
which provide relevant statistical information, issues relating to
cultural differences and approaches to alcohol, effects of
parental/carer drinking and the important 'where, why and what'
relating to alcohol consumption and young people.
I believe that this will prove to be a valuable resource and
one which is well worth a look. I will certainly be using 'On the
Boose again' at Selby High School!
Selby High School
Alcohol Education Toolkit: for use with Secondary School
*includes a CD ROM. New
||Tacade has undertaken both a
pilot and an extended peer alcohol education project in
secondary schools recently. The toolkit contains materials that
will enable a school to develop a peer alcohol education project
based upon the outcomes of the successful projects. It will act as a flexible resource base for a
- A CD Rom with three sections: Statistics on young people
and drinking; What makes effective alcohol education?; and Peer
Alcohol Education - what makes it work? This has been trialled
for use with young people, and for presentations to teachers,
learning mentors, school nurses, governors and parents.
- Background information on peer alcohol education, including
- Practical tools for developing a project, including
recruiting peer educators and activities for use with students
on peer education and alcohol issues.
‘I can only state how positive the peer education
project has been’
The teachers present on the evening, and ones I have
subsequently seen have all been very appreciative to Lions for
the sponsorship of this resource, which they feel will be useful
to plan a peer alcohol education project, and lessons.
They are especially impressed with the CD Rom which will allow
them to use specific sections when required for lessons. We hope
that young people can make healthy informed choices when it
comes to drinking alcohol in their formative years, and the
resource will be very beneficial ensuring they receive suitable
Drugs Education Consultant
Peer Alcohol Education Project
Tacade has been working with the Dublin Lions Club since 2005 to deliver training to teachers in Dublin, Galway, Mullingar, Thurles and Sligo to enable them to develop peer alcohol education projects with students in their local schools. The project has proved to be an outstanding success.
‘This is an experience that I would strongly recommend to other schools, immensely enjoyable and thoroughly rewarding'
‘The teachers present on the evening, and ones I have subsequently seen, have all been very appreciative to Lions for the sponsorship of this resource, which they feel will be useful to plan a peer alcohol education project and lessons. They are especially impressed with the CD Rom which will allow them to use specific sections when required for lessons'
Drugs Education Consultant
‘I loved it. I think I may become a teacher if this is what it?s like!'
– a card game about alcohol
New Edition 2010
||This alcohol card game has been
used with young people from the age of 12 upwards, both in
schools and in youth work settings. It has proven to be
particularly useful in training sessions with professionals who
want to increase their awareness of alcohol issues. DrinkDeal
contains 48 question cards and 48 answer cards about a whole
range of alcohol issues.
Just want to say thank you for such an outstanding
resource. My pupils are motivated to learn from this pack. I
have seen disinterested pupils enthusiastic about learning due
to this material.
Pupil Integration Service
Drinkdeal? what an outstanding resource, my pupils are motivated to learn from using this resource. I have seen disinterested pupils hooked and enthusiastic about learning!
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