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30 May, 2008

Schools benefit from British Institute of Innkeeping project

In response to your article

Alcohol Education Plans for Schools (May 2), I'd like to make you aware of an alcohol education programme in schools that BII has been running with huge success since mid-2007.

The BII Schools Project provides teachers with the tools

to deliver alcohol education as part of the PSHE agenda, but also maps across to areas in Science and Citizenship.

The project achieves this in three main ways, through:

schoolsproject.co.uk which contains quizzes, case studies and printable quiz leaflets;

industry sponsorship

to provide school packs of colour-printed, ready to use quiz leaflets; and

the QCA accredited BIIAB Level 1 Certificate in Alcohol Awareness qualification.

The project, and specifically the qualification, has been in development for

two years. The project and qualification are supported by

such industry and educational bodies

as the Drinkaware Trust and UK Youth, through its Youth Achievement Awards. Currently, the project has

some 30

sponsors, including Marston's, Fullers and Punch, as well as individual sponsors, whose sponsorship funds have provided quiz sheets and resources to over 100 schools across the country.

The qualification was

piloted with a large multi-cultural school in west London and is now actively delivered in

some 114 centres , with

more than 300 certificates issued

so far.

A further pilot of

presentation slides, activity booklet and lesson plans , produced

with the Licensed Victuallers School in Ascot, is currently taking place, and these materials will be available free to all approved centres and schools

after the feedback has been

analysed.

Further details on the project and the qualification can be found at

bii.org/schools and

bii.org/caa or

from schools@bii.org

Cathie Smith

Director of BIIAB




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