Second National Delivering Statutory RSE and PSHE Conference

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The Second National Delivering Statutory RSE and PSHE Conference will offer schools best practice guidance, advice, tips, case studies as well as discussion about the latest policy updates and information from the Department for Education.

Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools and Relationships Education in primary schools is due to become statutory in September 2019.

The government has also legislated to make PSHE statutory and by November we expect to know more about and impending changes to this subject.

By November we also expect the government to have published its statutory guidance for the RSE and Relationships Education curriculum and many of the sessions at the event – organised by SecEd and Headteacher Update magazines – will draw upon this information to offer schools best practice advice so they can prepare for September 2019.

The conference will feature three expert keynote sessions to be delivered by the Sex Education Forum, the PSHE Association, and mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith, who is Vice Chair of Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition and who will be chairing the event for the day.

The PSHE Association will focus on best practice in PSHE education as we move towards statutory status, the SEF will focus on statutory RSE & relationships education - nine months to go, while Dr Knightsmith will discuss learning for life: building strong pupils through PSHE.

Mental health will be a key theme throughout the event as well, with advice on how schools can support good wellbeing and mental health through effective RSE and PSHE.

After the three keynotes, there will also be an expert Q&A led by Dr Knightsmith and offering delegates the chance to ask about the latest policy and requirements from government and discuss RSE and PSHE issues from the point of view of their own school’s context and challenges.

The event also features eight workshops, including four school-led case studies of excellent PSHE and RSE practice:

  • Case study: Putting PSHE at the heart of your primary school, Cathy Longhurst, Headteacher, Manderville Primary School, St Albans.
  • Effective mental health & wellbeing education, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
  • The role of statutory RSE in building health sexuality & emotional resistance to meet the challenges of modern technology, the internet & social media, Stephanie Enson, Young People's Sexual Health and Relationships Practitioner.
  • Case study: Designing a coherent PSHE curriculum, Kim Constable, Social Science Teacher, Wymondham College, Norfolk.
  • Case study: Relationships education & safeguarding: resources, ideas & best practice, Helen P Frostick, National Leader of Education, Headteacher, St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School, London.
  • A practical approach to promoting resilience, Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Conference Chair
  • Statutory RSE & PSHE: a best practice surgery, John Rees, Independent Educational Consultant, PSHE Solutions.
  • Case study: Revamping PSHE, wellbeing and mental health provision, Vanessa Mehta, Deputy Headteacher, PSHE & Character, Manor High School, Oadby, Leicestershire.

The day will also feature an exhibition of RSE, PSHE and mental health-relevant products and services and there will be networking time too.

  • A place at the conference costs £299 although an early bird rate of £269 is available until September 28. For the full programme and more details on the content of the specific sessions and workshops, you can visit


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