Schools alert on drugs group

10 August 2012

THE 149 Church of England schools in the diocese of London will be warned next term to shun offers from the anti-drugs rehabilitation group Narconon to give lessons about drug abuse to pupils.

The action follows a complaint made to the media by the parent of a recent pupil of St Jude's and St Paul's Primary School, Newington Green, north London, who discovered that Narconon, which had been responsible for a Year 6 anti-drugs project, has connections with the Scientology movement.

The director of schools support services for the London Diocesan Board of Education, Liz Wolverson, said that it was not the first time that a group associated with Scientology had offered its services to a school in the diocese. The previous offer concerned personal, health, and social education, it is understood.

"The connection between these groups and Scientology is not made clear, and is often difficult to detect," Mrs Wolverson said.

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