Descriptions of the main themes and topics that our speakers intend to cover in their sessions are outlined below to assist you in gaining a strong overview of the conference and to help you choose  the workshop sessions that best suit your needs and areas of interest:

Jenny Barksfield:
Keynote 1 

In this keynote session, Jenny Barksfield from the PSHE Association will bring delegates up-to-date with the policy landscape as we draw closer to September 2020 and the introduction of statutory status for the RSE and Health Education elements of PSHE education. Jenny will discuss the government's plans for statutory Health Education, how these link into the existing plans for statutory RSE, how this all fits within high-quality PSHE provision, and how schools can best prepare to meet their statutory obligations in the years ahead.


Lucy Emmerson: Keynote 2

After the publication of the government's draft statutory RSE guidance, expert Lucy Emmerson will use this session to talk schools through their preparations for this important change. Lucy will guide delegates through the latest information available from government, together with best practice and evidence of what works. Drawing all of this information together, this session will highlight the priorities and practical steps that should be taken in the run up to statutory RSE to ensure your RSE meets government requirements. It will signpost essential resources to help you construct your school’s offer touching on pupil and parental engagement, curriculum planning and staff CPD.


Cathy Longhurst: Workshop Session 1A, PRIMARY

PSHE is considered a core curriculum subject at Mandeville Primary, and as such is given equal status with English, Maths and Science. The school also prioritises its pupils’ wellbeing, good mental health and other skills. In this workshop, headteacher Cathy Longhurst will take us through the key elements of her school’s work in these areas. The school’s PSHE programme dedicates time to deal with issues or problems which arise, but also to focus on planned areas such as disability, friendships, drugs & relationships and sex education. There is a whole school approach to half-termly topics such as building resilience, working collaboratively, working as a community, the power of positive thinking and managing change. The school has recently introduced "Zones of Regulation" to the PSHE curriculum, which has given a common language for self regulation that is consistent throughout the school and can be shared easily with parents. The school’s wellbeing work includes a full-time Children's Support Worker, the use of the Penn Resilience Programme & the "Breathe" mindfulness programme in year 6, the wide-ranging impact of the school’s therapy dog, and the use of "talking walks" at lunchtime. The school also has Nurture provision, a woodland group, therapy rooms, and a school counsellor.


Andrew Caress: Workshop Session 1B, CROSS-PHASE

Mental health and wellbeing education should play a key part of outstanding PSHE and RSE. The DfE has long indicated that it wants to see PSHE include content on “healthy minds, including emotional wellbeing, resilience and mental health”. In this workshop, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust – a mental health and wellbeing charity that offers free training for schools and school staff – will discuss how schools can embed wellbeing and mental health education into PSHE and wider school life. This session will draw on the government’s expected guidance on statutory RSE and any policy developments regarding statutory PSHE. The session will offer practical ideas and suggestions for your PSHE curriculum to ensure that you are ready when, as expected, PSHE is turned into a statutory curriculum subject.


Stephanie Enson: Workshop Session 1C, CROSS-PHASE

Stephanie Enson a former paediatric nurse and present day sexual health adviser has more than 30 years’ experience working within the child health arena. She holds a post-graduate diploma in sexual health issues and writes regularly for both nursing journals and educational magazines. In this session, she will discuss how primary and secondary schools can through robust and up-to-date RSE assist young people in building positive, healthy sexuality and emotional resilience as effective countermeasures to today’s media manipulation and technological threats. Stephanie will focus on how schools, using a cross curriculum approach and working in collaboration with parents & carers, can effectively impact present day issues of online safety, pornography, sexting, cyber-bullying & the sexualization of young people by media. Online safety will be a core part of the new 2019 RSE curriculum and this session will help schools to ensure that they are prepared to meet this challenge. Throughout the session, Stephanie will link her advice to the relevant aspects of the government guidance on statutory RSE and will signpost to resources and further guidance.


Kim Constable: Workshop Session 1D, SECONDARY

With statutory RSE arriving in September 2019 and statutory PSHE expected to follow, this session will look at how schools can design, plan and resource a coherent RSE/PSHE curriculum from years 6 & 7 through to year 11. Drawing upon the latest government announcements on its RSE/PSHE policy, Kim will focus on what is and is not part of PSHE education, what the key core knowledge and skills are, and how the curriculum can be planned across key stages 3 and 4 to ensure in-depth learning (rather than the ineffective light-touch coverage that can so often happen). Kim will signpost to a range of resources, including many she has created herself to support PSHE/RSE education in her school, such as the use of topic summary sheets, tutor activities, starter/plenary ideas and much more.


Dr Pooky Knightsmith: Keynote 3

In this session, Pooky will help you take a step back and look at PSHE as a whole, and consider what skills, knowledge and understanding we should be incorporating into our curriculum in order to help build resilient pupils who are able to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life – and seek help as needed.  She will consider both how key skills can be incorporated into PSHE, and beyond, from a young age as well as considering discrete topics related to mental health and emotional wellbeing which it is beneficial to teach directly; with some guidance on doing so confidently, safely and sensitively.  


Dr Pooky Knightsmith & Lucy Emmerson: Q&A Session

Following the conference’s three keynote sessions – from the Sex Education Forum, the PSHE Association, and the conference chair Dr Pooky Knightsmith – this session will give delegates chance to ask key questions arising from these presentations or indeed to raise issues and seek expert advice on issues relating to their own schools and contexts. The debate, to be chaired by Dr Knightsmith, will reflect on the issues raised across the three keynotes and will touch upon RSE, PSHE and general mental health and wellbeing practice in schools. The session will seek to answer delegates’ questions about government policy, including the RSE/Relationships Education statutory guidance and any updates on the status and future of PSHE.


Helen P Frostick: Workshop Session 2A, PRIMARY

A new scheme of work for Relationships Education has been in place at St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School for a year now. There are also clear links between effective Relationships Education and the ever-changing safeguarding agenda. In this session, Helen will consider the latest updates to safeguarding policy in the context of the implementation of statutory Relationships Education. She will take a practical look back at how the school has implemented these changes and offer her top tips and lessons learned. Helen will also consider the school’s wider PSHE curriculum, including healthy bodies & lifestyles, food policy, healthy relationships & puberty, and online safety. The workshop will also touch upon teaching financial capability. Throughout the session, Helen will signpost to useful resources and ideas that her school has used to ensure its practice is effective and meets statutory requirements. 


Dr Pooky Knightsmith: Workshop Session 2B, CROSS-PHASE

During this workshop, Pooky will summarise a simple, evidence-based approached to promoting resilience in children and young people. After learning about the evidence underpinning the approach and how it can be generally applied, you’ll have the chance to apply your learning and consider how best to tailor the approach to meet the needs of the children in your care.


John Rees: Workshop Session 2C, CROSS-PHASE

Experienced teacher, school leader and PSHE expert John Rees will lead this trouble-shooting session for primary and secondary delegates. During his 25-year career, John has built up a wealth of experience in areas relating to PSHE education, especially RSE and has also been a Regional Advisor for the national PSHE CPD programme. In this session, John will offer his practical guidance for delegates as they prepare to revamp their RSE (and possibly PSHE) curricula for 2019. He will also tackle themes of mental health & wellbeing, including for staff as well as students. While John will offer his own advice in this session, the main aim will be to give delegates the chance to discuss their own school-specific challenges and barriers with John (and other colleagues) in order to find solutions. Delegates are encouraged to come armed with their questions and challenges relating to delivering excellent RSE, PSHE & wellbeing provision and John will aim to lead discussions relating to these issues to help you overcome the challenges you face.


Alice Hoyle: Workshop Session 2D, SECONDARY

In this workshop, teacher and trainer Alice Hoyle will offer a range of practical strategies, including classroom approaches and games, to help deliver aspects of the RSE curriculum and PSHE education to secondary students. Teachers in this workshop will be able to take these best practice approaches and adapt them directly for use in their own schools.