Alcohol awareness PSHE programme moves online for UK schools

Over one million students across 5,500 secondary schools will have access to the programme

A brand-new e-learning alcohol awareness programme has launched for schools completely free of charge, allowing students to continue their PSHE education remotely as the lockdown continues.

Developed for KS3 students aged 11–14, ‘Smashed Online’ is available to 5,500 schools across the UK. The programme features a series of filmed, theatre-based episodes about a group of friends who find themselves in trouble following their misuse of alcohol. Students must complete a range of interactive activities alongside the series and will receive a certificate upon completion. The programme is aligned to the PSHE Association’s updated curriculum.

The remotely-delivered course is a digital version of ‘The Smashed Project’ – an alcohol education and awareness drama programme which has reached 415,000 students in 2,115 schools across the UK since its launch in 2005, and is now delivered on every continent.

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The Project was awarded the Education Exporter of the Year trophy at the British Educational Suppliers Accociation (BESA) Education Resources Awards 2020.

“We’re excited to be using storytelling and theatre in a brand-new way as we launch online,” said Chris Simes of Collingwood Learning. “This will help teachers deliver Personal, Social and Health Education and offer students an engaging programme which makes the risks of underage drinking impossible to forget. We’re thrilled to be supported by Diageo as we launch our first ever e-learning!”

Dayalan Nayager, managing director of Diageo, commented: “We’re really proud to have supported Smashed for the last 15 years and the inline launch is fantastic. Smashed is a key part of our commitment to alcohol in society and this e-learning will help us to support schools, teachers and students on a critical topic.”

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