Changes to Relationships Education, RSE & PSHE: Meeting the New Requirements

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Jackie Behan, Policy Lead, Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and PSHE, Department for Education
  • Jenny Barksfield, Deputy CEO & Senior Subject Specialist, PSHE Association
  • Lucy Emmerson, Head, Sex Education Forum
  • Alice Hoyle, Manager, The RSE Hub (Chair)
  • Sue Astin, PSHE Consultant & Former Healthy Schools Programme Manager, Rochdale Borough Council
  • David Marshall, Headteacher, Cale Green Primary School
  • Elizabeth Dunsford, Senior Strategic Relationships and Outcomes Officer, Tri-Borough Public Health Service
  • Becky Casey, Adviser: PSHE and Wellbeing, Health Education Partnership


Following the Government’s long-awaited announcement in March that sex and relationships education is to be revised and made statutory in all schools, join us at this Westminster Briefing to hear the next steps for this policy.

Hear a Senior Representative from the DfE outline the proposed new requirements to teach Relationship Education or Relationship and Sex Education due to be placed on Primary and Secondary Schools respectively, and further details on the consultation launched to extend this to PSHE.

With widespread support for this change, don’t miss out on hearing from the Government and leading schools on how best to address this important subject.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Overview of the Government’s plans for statutory Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
  • Meeting the requirements for primary and secondary schools
  • Timeline for the changes: ensuring you’re on track for 2018
  • Updating the curriculum to reflect new risks such as cyber-bullying, sexting and pornography
  • Engaging parents on the teaching of PSHE: the right to withdraw pupils 
  • Initial and continuing professional development: training teachers for PSHE
  • Examples of effective practise in delivering an appropriate curriculum – utilising the best resources
  • A whole school approach to SRE: teachers, school nurses & school counsellors

The Event:

The morning session will look at the new requirements and how the sector sees them progressing and bedding in.

The afternoon session will examine effective strategies to embed Relationships Education currently being practiced, and how they can be transferred to your setting.

Who Should Attend?

You will join a range of school and education stakeholders including, but not limited to: head teachers, senior and middle leaders, those with pastoral responsibilities, SENCOs, alternative education providers, safeguarding and inclusion leads, local authorities, relevant governors, and anyone interested or involved in the teaching of PSHE.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Wednesday 4th October 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each

Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

"I am today announcing my intention to put Relationships and Sex Education on a statutory footing, so every child has access to age appropriate provision, in a consistent way. I am also announcing my intention to take a power that will enable me to make PSHE statutory in future... The statutory guidance for Sex and Relationships Education was introduced in 2000 and is becoming increasingly outdated. It fails to address risks to children that have grown in prevalence over the last 17 years, including cyber bullying, ‘sexting’ and staying safe online."

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, March 2017

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