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
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.