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Introduction of compulsory Sex and Relationships Education - health education, support, effective teaching strategies, inspection, and managing the impact of COVID-19

Morning, Wednesday, 13th January 2021

Online Conference


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss priorities and practicalities for the introduction of relationships and sex education in England’s schools - including how provision will be inspected and assessed.


It takes place with - from September - relationships education becoming compulsory in primary schools, and relationships and sex education becoming compulsory in secondary schools.


We expect discussion to focus on implementation and inspection, including recognising good provision of RSE within schools and the wider role of the new inspection framework.


Delegates will also look at the impact of COVID-19 on school preparation for compulsory teaching, with Government recently announcing that schools can delay teaching to the summer term if they are not prepared or wish to carry out phased delivery.


Why this is relevant - further context:

  • Updated implementation guidance for 2020-21:
    • encouraging teaching to start in September if prepared and requirements are met
    • permitting schools that are not ready to start implementation to delay teaching until the summer term
  • The development of 14 training modules to support the teaching of the new curriculum, including a new training module for teaching mental wellbeing
  • Extra mental health support and resources given to achers for supporting pupils during the pandemic
  • The new inspection framework which places a focus on personal development and preparing children for modern life

Key areas for discussion:

Managing implementation

As RSE becomes compulsory from September, delegates will discuss the priorities for implementing this statutory education within schools in England:

  • practicalities for the phased delivery of RSE and coping with challenges presented by COVID-19 with delay to preparations, and the impact on engagement activities and the development of school policies
  • approaches to phased implementation, with schools being encouraged to prioritise the teaching of mental health and wellbeing, and supporting the wellbeing of others
  • delivery of mental health and wellbeing teaching within schools in the wake of the pandemic, looking at:
    • ways of discussing mental health with children and young people
    • providing remote mental health support in the context of the impact of COVID-19 on children
    • training for teachers to support them in effectively delivering lessons on mental health, and priorities for the development of a new training module for teaching mental wellbeing
  • communicating to children ways to keep safe online, particularly in light of their increased use of online materials during the pandemic

Health education, inclusivity and parental engagement

  • strategies for the supporting young people’s sexual and reproductive health awareness
  • implementation of the RSE curriculum within primary and secondary schools, including:
    • development of individual school policies and the involvement of the school community within this
    • use of the flexibility that schools have in their approach to delivering RSE
    • priorities for preparing for successful delivery that meets requirements and guidance
  • learning from effective strategies with children and young people that can be incorporated within schools
  • involvement of sexual and reproductive health experts within the development of the curriculum
  • delivery of RSE within faith schools in line with government guidance
  • teaching of LGBT and diverse relationships within the school environment, as well as effective ways of communicating with pupils in these areas, with a new focus on diversity within the guidance for relationships education
  • parental engagement with RSE and support for conversations outside school hours - with parents and carers taking an increased role in their child’s education during school closures, as well as being encouraged to be involved within the development of school policies on RSE

Training to deliver RSE

  • priorities for training and developing effective teaching strategies for the different topic areas within RSE, as well as making teachers confident in lesson delivery - with a series of 14 training modules being developed as a support for teachers delivering the new curriculum
  • the role of local authorities in RSE training provision across local areas and supporting schools deliver the new curriculum

Inspection

Priorities for how the new RSE curriculum will be inspected within schools when Ofsted return to full inspections from next January:

  • examining the new inspection framework as it places a focus on personal development and preparing children for modern life
  • strategies for developing and maintaining a good standard of RSE to children and how good RSE provision will be recognised
  • how full coverage of RSE across schools in England and minimising unwarranted variation can be achieved

The agenda:

  • Implementing compulsory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), priority content areas for 2020-21, and managing the impact of COVID-19 on delivery
  • The role of health education within RSE and special requirements in the context of COVID-19
  • Promoting awareness of child safety online, taking into account the increased use of online materials by children during lockdown and school closures
  • Delivering mental health and wellbeing teaching now and into the future
  • Priorities for supporting the phased delivery of RSE and tackling challenges presented by COVID-19
  • Strategies for young people’s sexual and reproductive health awareness
  • Implementing the RSE curriculum within primary and secondary schools, engagement with parents on policy development and delivery, and taking account of inclusivity and faith considerations
  • P Priorities for training, teacher support, and effective teaching strategies for the delivery of RSE
  • Recognising good provision of RSE within schools and the wider role of the new inspection framework

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.


Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of public policy, together with local authorities, primary and secondary schools, teachers, subject associations, training providers, academics, sexual and mental health practitioners, public health professionals, parent and advocacy groups, legal experts, third sector and faith organisations, research institutes and think tanks, and academics and commentators, as well as reporters from the national and specialist  media.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



Keynote Speakers

Ian Bauckham

Education Advisor - Sex and Relationships Education and PSHE, Department for Education

Roary Pownall HMI

National Lead for Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship, Ofsted

Keynote Speakers

Ian Bauckham

Education Advisor - Sex and Relationships Education and PSHE, Department for Education

Jenny Barksfield

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Senior Subject Specialist, PSHE Association

Will Gardner

Chief Executive, Childnet

Dr Sue Mann

Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Medical Expert in Reproductive Health, Public Health England

Roary Pownall HMI

National Lead for Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship, Ofsted

Dr Emma Chan

Reproductive and Sexual Health Lead, Sexplain

Cllr Yvonne Johnson

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Schools and Childrens’ Services, Ealing Council

Chair

Sarah Champion MP

Speakers

Kerry-Jane Packman

Executive Director of Programmes, Membership & Charitable Services, Parentkind

Mo Wiltshire

Director of Education and Youth, Stonewall

Jake Berger

Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer, Board of Deputies of British Jews