HUNDREDS of primary school children across Mid Cheshire have been learning about the dangers of drugs and the consequences of bullying.

They have been taking part in workshops created by teenage students at Sir John Deane’s College as part of a programme to tackle serious issues that can have an impact on young lives.

More than 30 A-level students in the lower sixth at the college work in two groups. The first, Stride, aims to promote an anti-drugs message, and the second, Sticks ’n’ Stones, gets children talking about bullying.

Teacher Nicky Mills, who works with the peer groups, said: “The groups were set up as an important way to connect with younger children, who are more likely to listen to teenagers who are nearer their own age and who they look up to.”

The students will visit at 20 primary schools in Mid Cheshire during the academic year.

The children, usually in Year 6, play games and take part in role play and discussions to highlight the issues.