The Charter Award Process
What happens when a school applies for a Charter Award?
- An experienced ‘Link’ Assessor is appointed to the school, the Charter Assessment process discussed with a teacher nominated to lead the school application, and a timetable agreed for submission of all documentary evidence needed in support.
- The teacher collates evidence from the school curriculum, together with examples of the work performed by Students in class.
- The ‘Link’ Assessor, together with another Assessor, review and consider the evidence submitted, following which they visit the school and meet with the Headteacher and some of the teaching staff, pupils, governors and parents.
- Discussions will focus around the involvement of school staff and others in the delivery of drugs education or policy development. If necessary, the Assessors will raise issues concerning weaknesses or omissions with the Headteacher.
- Assessors subsequently meet to form a judgement based on the evidence presented. If they believe the application to be worthy of an Award, they will make a positive recommendation to the BSDPI Management Committee.
- If the school is successful in its application, the Charter is presented at a prestigious event, usually attended by the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries. The Award is valid for three years, after which a school would undertake a further Assessment to gain renewal of its Charter period.