Morning, Tuesday, 14th May 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This timely seminar will discuss issues for implementing compulsory relationships and sex education (RSE) in schools in England.
It is bringing together policymakers with stakeholders in the education sector as they prepare for the introduction of relationships education into primary schools, RSE in secondary schools, and health education in all state funded schools from 2020.
The conference also follows the recent announcement by government of its new guidelines for RSE in schools including subject content and support available for teachers.
The seminar is timed as an opportunity to discuss the Government’s response to its consultation on draft statutory guidance, which set out recommendations on how the teaching requirements for compulsory RSE should vary between different types of schools and what students will be expected to know by the end of primary and secondary school.
Delegates will consider what steps can be taken to ensure RSE is implemented effectively and how schools can be supported with curriculum design - with concerns surrounding the breadth of the curriculum in some schools.
Sessions will also look at how schools can work with parents on the design and delivery of RSE to increase parental understanding and engagement, and the training and resources school leaders need in order to design a curriculum inclusive of SEND students, LGBT issues, and faith perspectives.
The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss the introduction of compulsory health education to be taught to pupils of all ages - with a focus on ‘promoting the positive link between physical and mental health’ as recently announced by the Secretary of State.
Further sessions consider priorities for equipping the teaching workforce with the skills necessary to teach RSE, focusing on the resources and support that can be provided.
It comes with the Government’s announcement of a £6m support package for schools, but with concerns surrounding teachers confidence - and in some cases limited training - as they approach teaching RSE and health education, and about the availability of funding for future training programmes.
Delegates will also look at the position of RSE within Ofsted’s new education inspection framework as Ofsted consults on the introduction of a new ‘personal development’ judgement for schools ahead of its expected introduction in September.