PSHEE - Statutory Relationship and Sex Education for Secondary Schools

This conference will be online:-

  • Andy is presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides and activities
  • Opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • A copy of the slides will be made available after the course, along with further materials

This is a one day course split over Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd June; sessions will be 10am to 12.30pm on both days.

Statutory Relationship and Sex Education for all secondary schools from September 2020. Are you ready?

What’s changing?

“Relationship and Sex Education is compulsory for all pupils (in England) receiving secondary education …”

(Statutory Guidance June 2019)

From September 2020 all secondary schools will be required to build on primary-level Relationship education and deliver ‘relationships and sex education’ in England.

But what does this statutory duty require a school to cover and how should schools prepare for these changes?

What are schools required to include in a sex education programme?

How much flexibility will schools have?

What content is compulsory?

How do schools engage with parents?

A written policy for RSE will become mandatory. But what does a good Relationship and Sex education policy look like?

Why are these changes being made?

The DfE has said, “Through these subjects, we want to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – we want to equip them for adult life and to make a positive contribution to society.”

Attending this course will enable delegates to:

  • Understand the context, principles and practice for teaching high quality Relationship Education
  • Agree what their school’s RSE policy should include
  • Become familiar with exemplar materials and approaches
  • Be equipped to answer questions from learners, colleagues and parents
  • Be confident in working with sensitive issues
  • Use the practical strategies and schemes of work in school
  • Identify a developmental approach to the topics which need to be studied
  • Experience and share some interactive teaching/learning techniques

Clear Approaches and Strategies

This course is highly practical and interactive. Teachers will leave with a clear set of strategies and interventions which they can adopt in their teaching.

Course Outline

The statutory requirements

  • What is mandatory and non-statutory?
  • What are we trying to achieve? What is Relationship and Sex Education?
  • What do good policies look like?
  • What flexibility do schools have?
  • Do parents have the right to withdraw?
  • Planning for the changes.
  • What will school inspections look for?

Effective and Engaging Sex and Relationship Education Lessons

  • Essential ingredients of Relationship Education lessons.
  • Exploring a Relationship Education model lesson.
  • Effective and engaging strategies to use.

Sex Education

  • What does age-related sex education look like?
  • What topics should secondary schools teach?
  • What should be the content of sex education beyond that found in the science curriculum?

Dealing with sensitive issues

  • Dealing with questions from pupils and parents

Presenter Profile

Presenter Andy Midwinter
Andy Midwinter
contributed to the writing of the national non-Statutory framework for PSHE and has run a number of projects aimed at raising aspiration through PSHE. He is an author of numerous published materials for PSHE, including “Aspiration, Resilience and Awareness”. He was a Senior Leader, Advanced Skills Teacher, former Ofsted inspector and Head of PSHE. He was Team leader for A Level Philosophy and Ethics.


“Excellent! Very clear and direct. Covered a lot of content in an engaging manner. The course also helped me with strategies.”
Adam Tyson, Housemaster & Head of Wellbeing, UCS Hampstead

“One of the best courses I have ever attended. It is great to have someone who has been there and done it.’”
Sharon Wilson

Average presenter score: 4.93 out of 5

Cost: £250 per delegate which includes resources; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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