'Delivering Statutory RSE & PSHE: Protecting pupils' wellbeing' provides access to an engaging mix of expert speakers and innovative schools from across the primary and secondary sectors. Current speakers and workshop leaders include:


Pete Henshaw, Editor SecEd and Headteacher Update


Jenny Barksfield, Deputy CEO, PSHE Association

Jenny has worked in PSHE education for over 20 years. She was Head of PSHE education and Citizenship at a large secondary school for 10 of those years culminating in a secondment to manage a project for the PSHE Association.

This led to her joining the Association team, first as Training and Development Lead and now as the PSHE Association’s Deputy CEO and Senior Subject Specialist, leading on partnership projects with government departments, local authorities, charities and corporates, as well as leading the Association’s team of subject specialists. She has authored or co-authored all of the Association’s key guidance materials and resources including the Programme of Study for key stages 1 – 5, which is signposted by the DfE as the national programme of study for PSHE education. Her co-authored book Understanding PSHE education in secondary schools was published in October 2016.


Lucy Emmerson, Coordinator, Sex Education Forum

As Director of the Sex Education Forum, Lucy leads policy and campaigns activities to secure children and young people’s entitlement to good quality Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), on behalf of a partnership of national and local organisations. Our members include schools, colleges, youth settings, local authorities, NHS trusts, unions and national NGOs.

Lucy has written and co-authored several RSE publications including magazines on issues such as puberty, HIV and pornography, SRE for the 21st Century, a toolkit for involving primary school children in reviewing RSE, and a guide for schools wanting to involve parents in RSE: Let’s work together. Lucy has worked in the field of RSE and sexual health for young people for 16 years.

The Sex Education Forum is hosted by the National Children’s Bureau.


Cathy Longhurst, Headteacher, Mandeville Primary School, St Albans

Cathy Longhurst has been Head Teacher at Mandeville Primary School in St Albans, Hertfordshire for 5 years and is a National Leader of Education. Mandeville is a two form entry Primary School with a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils and a wide socio-economic, linguistic, religious and cultural diversity. Through the curriculum and ethos of the school, Cathy and her leadership team aim to support all pupils holistically, by understanding, valuing and addressing the needs of the school, of groups, and of individuals whilst never allowing circumstance to be an excuse for underachievement.


Andrew Caress, Mental Health Trainer, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Andrew Caress is a passionate advocate for supporting the mental health needs of children and young people. A qualified teacher and youth worker, with experience working in both primary and secondary settings, in 2012 he developed depression and anxiety and left the teaching profession to raise awareness of mental health issues in children and young people.

As a mental health trainer with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, he runs workshops for children, parents and school staff on all aspects of mental wellbeing including understanding depression and anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, suicidal ideation and creating a mentally healthy school.


Stephanie Enson, Young People's Relationship, Sexual Health & Wellbeing Practitioner

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 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, Social Science Teacher, Wymondham College, Norfolk

Kim Constable has been a teacher for over 10 years across multiple subjects in the Secondary curriculum. Prior to getting her current position teaching sociology and PSHE at Wymondham College in Norfolk; she trained in London where she continued to work for four years, then headed to work in a British school in Europe for 2 years teaching various social sciences and humanities subjects. She blogs and tweets as Hectic Teacher, and shares her PSHE Schemes of work and cross-curricular resources and ideas on her website in the aim to encourage more active and innovative teaching.


Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health Ambassador and Educator & Vice Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service leads. 

Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of five books and is the current vice chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.  She’s also a Mum of two who works hard every day to win her own battles against PTSD, anorexia, self-harm and depression.


Helen P Frostick, National Leader of Education and Headteacher, St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School, London

Helen has had thirty years of experience working in education with oversees experience of teaching in Poland and the U.S.A. She is currently Headteacher of St. Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Outer London. St. Mary Magdalen’s is a National Support School (N.S.S) for the National College of School Leadership and is particularly effective in supporting schools with teaching and learning, writing and building ethos and communities. Helen is a National Leader of Education (N.L.E) for the National College of School Leadership with responsibility for supporting schools in challenging circumstances. She is also a member of the Archdiocese of Southwark’s Excellence Board and contributor of articles on a variety of educational subjects to Headteacher Update. Helen regularly speaks at national conferences and specialise in Pupil Premium and Safeguarding. 


John Rees, Independent Educational Consultant, PSHE Solution

John is passionately committed to enhancing the achievement and life chances of children and young people, through the professional development of individuals and organisations.

Seconded from secondary school leadership, John lead the transformation of a 2-school research project into an effective, multi-agency wellbeing programme in approximately 200 schools, with unique evidence of health benefit and educational improvement. 

Since 2006 John has worked with a range of voluntary and commercial groups across the UK and abroad to provide coaching, training and consultancy, to support school improvement and ensure the wellbeing of pupils and the adults who work with, and for, them.


Alice HoyleRSE Advisory Teacher, DO... RSE for Schools

Alice Hoyle has an MSc in Sexual Health Education and works freelance as an advisory teacher of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). A qualified teacher, she now also works as an LGBT youth worker. Alice works for DO... RSE for Schools (a relationships and sex education resource and collaboration supported by Durex www.dorseforschools.com), the Sex and History Project at Exeter University (sexandhistory.exeter.ac.uk), and Westminster University as a practitioner/researcher, exploring the role of parents in sex education.

Alice is an elected member of the Sex Education Forum Advisory Group and was made a life member of the PSHE association in 2015. Alice is currently writing her second book - a book for RSE teachers filled with lesson activities and ideas with Ester McGeeney. Alice is particularly passionate about creative innovative approaches to RSE, LGBT inclusive RSE, supporting parents with RSE and RSE in the early years.