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Relationships, Sex and Health Education in England’s primary and secondary schools

Morning, Wednesday, 25th May 2022


This conference focuses on the implementation of the new Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum in England (RSHE), following the compulsory introduction of relationships education in primary schools and secondary schools at the start of this academic year.


It will be a timely opportunity to discuss the implementation and teaching of the RSHE curriculum moving forward, including the involvement of parents and households.


Areas for discussion include:

  • implementation so far:
    • lessons learnt - support for teachers to feel confident in delivering the curriculum, and what further training might be needed
  • curriculum design:
    • effective strategies - including learning from development of individual school policies
    • increased flexibility - utilisation when designing the curriculum
    • outside expertise - ways in which it is being used by schools when teaching
    • inclusivity - including the teaching of protected characteristics
    • faith schools - delivery of the new curriculum so far
  • parental and guardian engagement:
    • engagement and partnership - involving parents & households in the development of school policies & curriculum design
    • support - improving the availability of resources, including support for conversations outside school hours & addressing cultural and religious sensitivities
  • supporting students through the challenges they face:
    • understanding of mental health & wellbeing concerns - relationships, online safety, tackling sexual harassment, and use of the curriculum

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session on next steps for delivering high quality RSHE provision in schools with Roary Pownall, Subject Lead, Relationships, Sex and Health Education, Ofsted - as well as further keynote contributions from Paula Penny, Head, RSHE and Citizenship Unit, Department for Education; Jenny Fox, Senior Subject Specialist, PSHE Association; Laura Anne Jones MS, Member, Children, Young People and Education Committee, Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament; and Kerry-Jane Packman, Executive Director, Parentkind.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; the Cabinet Office; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Roary Pownall

Subject Lead, Relationships, Sex and Health Education, Ofsted

Kerry-Jane Packman

Executive Director, Parentkind

Paula Penny

Head, RSHE and Citizenship Unit, Department for Education

Jenny Fox

Senior Subject Specialist, PSHE Association

Keynote Speakers

Kerry-Jane Packman

Executive Director, Parentkind

Jenny Fox

Senior Subject Specialist, PSHE Association

Roary Pownall

Subject Lead, Relationships, Sex and Health Education, Ofsted

Paula Penny

Head, RSHE and Citizenship Unit, Department for Education

Gareth Cheesman

Esteem Network Director, acet UK

Chair

Andrew Boff AM

GLA Member, London-wide

Speakers

Dr Ruth Wareham

Education Policy Researcher, Humanists UK; and Lecturer, School of Education, University of Birmingham

Paula Marten

Assistant Headteacher, Chailey Heritage School, Lewes

Flora Cooper

Headteacher, Crowmarsh Gifford CE Primary School, Oxfordshire

Lucy Emmerson

Chief Executive, Sex Education Forum

Dominic Arnall

Chief Executive, Just Like Us

Kate Parker

Founder, The Schools Consent Project

Caroline Allams

CPO & Co-founder, Natterhub