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Voices: Turning words into action
John Holmes signs some autographs Drugs and kids

A school in the Meadows is pioneering a project aimed at increasing drugs awareness among 6 to 8 year olds.
BBC Radio Nottingham's John Holmes signs a few autographs

"On Track" is the name given to the pilot project at Bosworth Primary school in the Meadows.

Its main aim is to give life skills to children growing up in a drug using community.

Those behind "On Track" say it's not about tackling illegal drug problems but about understanding the issues surrounding drugs and how to live with them within the family.

Despite objections from some parents nationally that six is too young an age to start talking to children about drugs, Noreen Wetton from the School of Education, argues that children already know more than adults think they do about drugs, and it is important they have the correct education.

A child's knowledge about drugs is obtained from a series of picture exercises.

Those co-ordinating the scheme can then talk to each child individually based on the level of knowledge each pupil has. Only then will any advice be given.

'The key is finding out what the pupils already know, rather than standing at a blackboard and telling them what is right and what is wrong,' says Noreen.

She discounts views that talking to children at such a young age gives them ideas about drugs.

The Bosworth project was set up after financial services firm Experian offered £80,000 to its "adopted" schools for this type of teaching project.

BBC Radio Nottingham's John Holmes took his show to the school in July 2003 to find out more about the project.

See photos from the day:

Bosworth School pupils
Bosworth School pupils
Bosworth School pupils
Bosworth School pupils
Bosworth School pupils
Bosworth School pupils
Bosworth School pupils
Bosworth School pupils
Bosworth School pupils
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