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TEACHING UNION: 'SCHOOLS CAN'T TACKLE DRUGS THREAT ON THEIR OWN'

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Commenting on the guidance to schools on drugs ...
Commenting on the guidance to schools on drugs announcedtoday, Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:

'I welcome the backing given by the government to headteachers when it comes to excluding young people who are drug dealers.

'Our recent survey of drugs in schools showed that around 10 per cent of schools were challenged by the threat of drugs at the school gate. But schools cannot tackle the drugs threat on their own. They must have support from the police and social services.

'Shock tactics may have a role in deterring drug use but there is no substitute for genuine joined up thinking which seeks to eliminate the causes of drug use.'

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