Drugs policies: guidance and examples

Find support with writing or reviewing your school’s drugs policy, with guidance from the DfE on what to include and examples of policies from schools.

Last reviewed on 6 February 2024
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  1. Read DfE advice on writing a drugs policy
  2. See primary school examples
  3. See secondary school examples

Read DfE advice on writing a drugs policy

The Department for Education (DfE) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have jointly published non-statutory drugs advice for schools.

Annex A contains a suggested framework for a drugs policy. It lists areas that a drugs policy may cover, including:

  • The policy’s development process
  • The context of the policy and its relationship to other policies
  • Where and to whom the policy applies
  • Definitions and terminology
  • Management of drugs at school and on school trips
  • Police involvement
  • Information sharing
  • The role of governors

See primary school examples

Community school in Stockton-on-Tees

Tilery Primary School has a drugs and alcohol policy (find this under 'Safeguarding') that includes:

  • A definition of a 'drug'
  • The roles and responsibilities of staff members
  • Details of the school's approach to drugs education

Community school in Coventry

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