Lesson 6: Drugs, alcohol and tobacco: making choices

Learning about the choices people can make themselves and those which are made by others

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand the choices people can make and those which are made by others

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • The facts about legal and illegal harmful substances and associated risks, including smoking, alcohol use and drug-taking.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need to be guided through their day so far to think about the choices they made at each point.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should explain why other people make choices for them at their age.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experienceThe practical knowledge we gain after partaking in an event or occurrence…. in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers…
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Created by:
Amy Carter,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Amy has spent over 12 years writing and delivering drugAnother word for medicine.  and alcoholA drink that can make us drunk. education programmes to children and young people.  Identifying a lack of unbiased, safeguarding, Amy set about creating her businessAn…
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