primary & secondary education
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Implementing Effective and Inclusive Relationships Education in Primary Schools

primary & secondary education

08:45 - 16:10

Thursday 5 December 2019

Events @N. 6, Central London

This Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to discuss the latest policy updates on the provision of Relationships Education in primary schools. Participants will explore recent statutory government reforms, and will engage with early-adopter schools to gain an insight from best practice schools on effectively training staff to deliver high quality relationships education, providing age-appropriate relationships education and working with parents to develop an inclusive curriculum which prepares pupils for the modern world.

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for Schools. Typical job titles will include:

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Heads of RSE
  • Heads of PSHE
  • Assistant Headteachers
  • Heads of Safeguarding
  • PSHE Teachers
  • Pastoral Care Leads
  • Heads of Curriculum
  • Health and Wellbeing Leads
  • Relationships and Sex Education Teachers
  • Curriculum Managers

This Forum is also open to the Voluntary, Health and Local Government Sectors to encourage discussion and debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Ian Bauckham CBE, Advisor to Department for Education on Improving Relationships and Sex Education
  • Jenny Barksfield, Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association 
  • Dr Eleanor Draeger, Senior Trainer, Sex Education Forum 
  • Victoria Pugh, Lecturer and Subject Lead for Primary PSHE and RSE, University of Worcester
  • David Stewart, Former Headteacher, Oak Field School 
  • Zahrah Al-Bejawi, Education and Wellbeing Coordinator, Brook
  • Sarah Rutty, Headteacher, Bankside Primary School
  • Dr Tamasine Preece,  Head of Personal and Social Education and Project Lead for Equality and Diversity, Bryntirion Comprehensive School
  • Karin Hutchinson, Lead Teaching & Learning Adviser, Wellbeing & Vulnerable Groups, Herts For Learning
  • Kate Stockdale, Adviser for Teaching and Learning, Wellbeing and Vulnerable Groups, Herts For Learning
  • Andrew Moffat MBE, Assistant Headteacher, Parkfield Community School
View the agenda and additional speakers

A recent poll by the NSPCC and National Education Union, July 2019, has found that 47% of teachers and leaders expressed a lack of confidence in their ability to delivery Relationships and Sex Education, and 52% were uncertain they would be able to deliver the subjects by next year. However, in June 2019, the government published the new statutory Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, which outlined the requirement for all primary schools to teach relationships education as an integral part of the curriculum or within the PSHE programme, from September 2020. As per the new guidance, primary schools will be required to revise their curriculum to include teaching about LGBTQ+ families, understanding puberty, tackling sexism and homophobia, as well as mental health and keeping safe from bullying online and offline.

Primary schools are not expected to teach sex education, but it is highly recommended to ensure the safeguarding and wellbeing of pupils from a young age. Yet, a survey from the National Children’s Bureau, 2018, suggests that out of 240 RSE teachers surveyed, 29% had received no training on RSE and 38% felt they had received inadequate training. Furthermore, Ofsted has published a new Education Inspection Framework, 2019, that will focus on assessing the curriculum, the behaviour and development of pupils as well as the quality of education received – which will be all affected by the new RSE curriculum.

In light of the recent protests, schools now have a bigger duty to teach Relationships and Sex Education in an age-appropriate and inclusive way, and to ensure parents are fully aware of the information being taught, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents. It is imperative that schools prepare to delivery high-quality Relationships and Sex Education to create a safe school community that ensure the needs of all pupils are met. Additionally, schools will now be inspected on RSE as it plays a vital role in meeting the school’s safeguarding obligations and Ofsted’s standards of quality of teaching, and leadership and management. Hence, it is crucial for schools to be ready for September 2020, when Relationships Education in schools will become mandatory.

Ian Bauckham CBE, Advisor to Department for Education on Improving Relationships and Sex Education

Ian has worked in education since graduating from Cambridge University. He led a modern languages department and a sixth form before becoming headteacher of a large comprehensive in Kent.  The school was graded outstanding and is a Teaching School and SCITT.  Ian was president of ASCL 2013-14.

Ian now leads a MAT which includes free schools, is an Ofsted inspector and was a HTB member 2014-17.   He chaired a review of Modern Languages in 2016, is a trustee of NFER, is a board member at Ofqual, and is a Department for Education advisor on RSE, modern languages and character education.    He was awarded the CBE in 2017 for services to education.

08:45

Registration, Refreshments and Networking


09:20

Chair's Welcome Address

Victoria Pugh, Lecturer and Subject Lead for Primary PSHE and RSE, University of Worcester, and Author, How Exactly Can We Improve Teacher Confidence In RSE, And What Should We Be Teaching? (CONFIRMED)


09:30

Hot Seat: Examining the New Statutory Guidance on Relationships Education for Primary Schools

This ‘Hot Seat’ session will provide an opportunity for participants to ask Ian Bauckham CBE, Advisor, Department for Education direct questions regarding the ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Statutory Guidance’. This will ensure attendees have an opportunity to directly engage with the speaker to share concerns, request clarification, and enquire about the next stages of implementing a modern Relationships and Sex Education curriculum.

Ian Bauckham CBE, Advisor to Department for Education on Improving Relationships and Sex Education (CONFIRMED)


10:00

Case Study: Exploring a School Based Approach to Developing a Rich and Empowering Curriculum

  • Creating an effective personal, social and emotional curriculum to support pupils develop healthy relationships with family members and friends, and recognises that not all families have the same make-up
  • Identifying how a whole-school approach contributes the pupils’ overall safeguarding and wellbeing by addressing topics such as puberty, sexual abuse, bullying, sexting and social media, FGM and domestic violence
  • Discussing how the school tailors and delivers inclusive relationships education for all, including LGBTQ+ pupils, to ensure that there is a culture of respect and acceptance, in line with the Equality Act 2010
  • Sharing the development process of the PSHE Policy and the review process to adapt to the new statutory requirements

Sarah Rutty, Headteacher, Bankside Primary School (CONFIRMED)


10:20

Questions and Answers Session


10:40

Refreshments and Networking


11:00

Special Keynote: Sharing Guidance for Primary Schools to Deliver Outstanding Relationships and Sex Education

  • Promoting the ‘Roadmap to statutory RSE’, a 10-step interactive guide to support schools in delivering RSE by providing access to best practice cases, planning toolkits, curriculum design and audit tools
  • Offering CPD opportunities and bespoke training programmes for RSE teachers such as ‘Get Ready for Statutory!’ and specialist training for LGBT+ inclusive RSE like ‘Gender Matters’ and ‘Positive Sexual Health’, including other e-Learning courses
  • Advising on how to take a whole-community approach to teaching RSE by linking RSE to other policies such as the Safeguarding and Anti-Bullying policy, Health policy and Religious Education policy
  • Sharing the success of RSE Day, the annual celebration of excellent RSE teaching, and illustrating how such events and activities improve the quality of RSE education and awareness in schools

Dr Eleanor Draeger, Senior Trainer, Sex Education Forum (CONFIRMED)


11:20

Case study: Embedding Diverse and Inclusive Relationships and Sex Education in the Curriculum for SEND Pupils

  • Committing to the SEND Code of Practice and to the tenets of the Every Child Matters Agenda, to provide high-quality and inclusive RSE to ensure all pupils are equipped with the necessary skills to be safe
  • Forming a Relationships and Sex Education Monitoring Group involving parents, teachers and governors to supervise the delivery of RSE to 170 pupils with severe and complex learning and physical disabilities
  • Making RSE an integral part of a spiral curriculum to ensure that sensitive issues are addressed to enable pupils to gain skills to improve self-protection and deal with life outside of school
  • Providing comprehensive programme of training and guided courses for parents and families to ensure parents feel confident and comfortable educating their children on RSE at home
  • Becoming a leading provider of RSE for students with disabilities, from providing extensive staff training and leadership to tailoring lessons to specific and particular needs

David Stewart, Former Headteacher, Oak Field School (CONFIRMED)


11:40

Case Study: Delivering Award-Winning Relationships and Sex Education Teaching

  • Incorporating RSE in the PSHE Education Policy to address and prevent issues such as bullying, sexual exploitation, the changes of puberty and unplanned teenage pregnancies as well as teach pupils how to  stay safe online
  • Taking a cross-curricular and spiral approach to delivering PSHE in three core, inter-related themes that are reviewed in more depth every year: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World
  • Providing CPD opportunities for PSHE teachers with a minimum of one-and-a-half-hour training per year, and addressing training needs in whole school INSET days to ensure that staff are able to deliver high quality Relationships Education
  • Consulting parents and carers to avoid withdrawals by offering bi-annual after-school workshops to inform parents about the RSE aspect of the PSHE curriculum and recommend materials to share with children at home

Isabel Reid, PSHE Education Coordinator, Carlton Hill Primary School (invited)

‘Best RSE Teacher 2019 in a Primary School’ – Sex Education Forum


12:00

Questions and Answers Session


12:20

Lunch and Networking


13:20

Afternoon Keynote: Implementing Inclusive Relationships Education which Contributes to the Safeguarding and Wellbeing of All Pupils

  • Implementing the new statutory guidance: Best practice in planning an inclusive programme
  • Key principles for effective teaching that meets all pupils’ needs
  • Support for schools: Quality assured resources and guidance materials

Jenny Barksfield, Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association (CONFIRMED)


13:40

Case Study: Supporting Primary Schools to Implement the New Statutory Guidance

  • Providing a wide range of support to assist schools in meeting the demands for mandatory changes, including support in reviewing the current curriculum and practices in place to ensure compliance and inclusivity and consider effective models for delivery
  • Offering CPD support to develop effective leadership of relationships education by assisting with the development of a quality policy to meet the requirements, ensure pupil voice and parental engagement, and build staff confidence and expertise
  • Working alongside school staff to deliver a parent session on RSE to introduce parents to the importance of the new curriculum, respond to parental concerns and support parents to build on their children’s learning at home
  • Sharing lesson delivery advice for RSE teachers and best practice insights

Karin Hutchinson, Lead Teaching & Learning Adviser, Wellbeing & Vulnerable Groups, Herts For Learning (CONFIRMED)

Kate Stockdale, Adviser for Teaching and Learning, Wellbeing and Vulnerable Groups, Herts For Learning  (CONFIRMED)


14:10

Case Study: Developing an Inclusive and Age-Appropriate Curriculum to Deliver Outstanding RSE

  • Addressing misconceptions regarding children’s knowledge and understanding, and ensuring the curriculum is age-appropriate and informative enough for KS1 and KS2
  • Placing safeguarding at the centre of RSE to include the use of language during lessons
  • Elaborating on the need to teach about consent from a young age in a culture with shifting meanings of consent
  • Emphasising the need to correctly identify children’s contexts and situations, and understanding that there is no size fits all for RSE when developing an innovative RSE curriculum

Dr Tamasine Preece,  Head of Personal and Social Education and Project Lead for Equality and Diversity, Bryntirion Comprehensive School (CONFIRMED)


14:30

Case Study: Delivering an Outstanding RSE Programme Which Teaches Sensitive Topics in an Age-Appropriate Way

  • Teaching RSE as part of the PSHE curriculum and in the ‘No Outsiders Programme’, which aims to create an ethos where everyone is welcome, regardless of differences
  • Sharing resources and guidance on how to teach sensitive subjects in an inclusive and age-appropriate way, in line with the Equality Act 2010 and with Ofsted’s inspection framework, including how to respond to difficult questions from pupils
  • Considering how to ensure parental engagement on teaching RSE, such as through running ‘No Outsiders workshops’, and how to address parental concerns
  • Providing strong resources and lesson plans included in the ‘No Outsiders Programme’ to support the delivery of RSE

Andrew Moffat MBE, Assistant Headteacher, Parkfield Community School (CONFIRMED)


14:50

Questions and Answers Session


15:10

Refreshments and Networking


15:30

Panel Session: Delivering a Diverse and Inclusive Relationships Education Curriculum

  • Offering advice and evidence-based policy recommendations to create a diverse and inclusive curriculum that safeguards pupils and ensures mental wellbeing
  • Sharing best practice guidance to effectively teach Relationships and Sex Education in a way that is developmentally appropriate and in line with the Equality Act 2010
  • Discussing how to effectively consult and engage with parents, address ‘parental veto’ and respond to faith-based concerns
  • Linking RSE to mental wellbeing by ensuring subjects that impact mental health such as consent and sexual activity, keeping safe from sexual exploitation, online grooming, and sexually harmful behaviours, are addressed and taught in the curriculum

Zahrah Al-Bejawi, Education and Wellbeing Coordinator, Brook (CONFIRMED)

Andrew Moffat MBE, Assistant Headteacher, Parkfield Community School (CONFIRMED)

Dr Tamasine Preece,  Head of Personal and Social Education and Project Lead for Equality and Diversity, Bryntirion Comprehensive School (CONFIRMED)


16:10

Chair's Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


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