Primary school children are to be given compulsory lessons on the dangers of drugs, the Government has confirmed

The government backed initiative is aimed at steering youngsters away from drug and alcohol misuse.

It will mean primary school children will learn from the age of five about topics such as the effects of drugs on the body.

As pupils progress through school they will be given detailed information about the risks of drug and alcohol misuse

The announcement follows reviews into sex and drugs education in school.

Announcing the findings Schools Minister Jim Knight said: “Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) should be made statutory. It should be supported by a statutory programme of study in order to give it an increased status in schools and with school leaders.”