Delivering Statutory RSE and Health Education – National Conference

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The Second National Delivering Statutory RSE and Health Education 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 2020 – with many schools set to begin delivery in September 2019. The government has also announced that Health Education is also to become statutory.

The government recently published its draft statutory guidance for new-look RSE and Relationships Education as well as for Health Education and many of the sessions at the event – organised by Headteacher Update and SecEd magazines – will draw upon this information to offer schools best practice advice so they can prepare for September 2019 and September 2020.

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 a whole as we move towards September 2019 and 2020. The SEF will focus specifically on statutory RSE & relationships education, 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, Health Education 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 and six sessions relevant to primary education:

  • 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 & Health Education: 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. For the full programme and more details on the content of the specific sessions and workshops, you can visit

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