Conference: Delivering Statutory RSE & PSHE

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

From September 2019, relationships and sex education (RSE) will become a statutory subject in all schools – to be known as relationships education in primary schools.

Work has begun on defining the curriculum content for this most vital of subjects and PSHE is also expected to become statutory once the RSE curriculum has been agreed.

The Department for Education has already outlined the “broad pillars” of content that it expects to see prioritised in the new curriculum and these changes will affect all schools in England (for more details, see Relationships education: What should we expect?, Headteacher Update, May 2017:

As a result of this impending change, our inaugural Headteacher Update conference – Delivering Statutory RSE & PSHE: Protecting Pupils’ Wellbeing – will provide guidance, practical strategies and support for schools to help them ensure they are well placed to meet the new requirements when they are published.

The conference takes place on Friday, November 24, at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham and the programme is based around a number of the DfE’s published “pillars of content” to ensure the advice and best practice on offer will help schools to prepare effectively. The programme also includes a clear focus on mental health and wellbeing.

The day will feature two keynote sessions, one from the Sex Education Forum and a second from the PSHE Association. Both of these will focus on what schools can do now to prepare for the changes and will look at best practice across both subjects.

The day also features 12 workshops, including specific primary, secondary and cross-phase workshops. Relevant primary workshops include:

  • Ideas and resources to boost and revamp your RSE and PSHE provision (primary)
  • Embedding effective wellbeing and mental health provision as part of your RSE curriculum (cross-phase)
  • Developing an outstanding PSHE curriculum (primary)
  • Healthy minds: Seven ideas for your new PSHE curriculum (cross-phase)
  • Strategies to protect wellbeing for pupils facing social, emotional and mental health difficulties (primary)
  • Generating mutual respect and tolerance for healthy relationships (cross-phase)
  • What does an LGBT inclusive RSE curriculum look like? (cross-phase)

The day, which is being run with Headteacher Update’s sister title SecEd, 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 early bird booking is available until November 10 at £269. For the full programme and details, visit

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