Last reviewed on 8 February 2023
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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.

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

Academy in Leicestershire

Little Hill Primary School has a drugs and alcohol policy that includes:

  • A definition of 'drugs'
  • The responsible staff members
  • Details of the school's approach to drugs education

Community school in Hampshire

Harestock Primary School has a policy for managing drug-related incidents which covers:

You can find the policy