Delivering Statutory RSE & PSHE: Protecting Pupils’ Wellbeing


From September 2019, Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) will become a stautory subject in all schools (Relationships Education in primary schools) and work has now begun to on defining the curriculum content for this most vital of subjects. PSHE is also expected to become statutory once the RSE curriculum has been agreed.

Schools should be preparing for these changes and by meeting the general principles of best practice now, will find that they are well placed to meet the new requirements of the curriculum when it is unveiled. The Department for Education has outlined the ‘broad pillars’ that it expects to see prioritised and this conference will provide guidance, practical strategies and support for schools across these key areas.


SecEd and Headteacher Update are hosting this inaugural national conference to offer access to thought leadership, innovation and a range of best practice case study workshops and experts.

The conference will give advice, guidance and tips to help schools set up and develop effective RSE and PSHE best practice and will help ensure your plans for the statutory requirements are in line with requirements and effective.

The keynote sessions and interactive workshops
are structured to provide insight across both primary and secondary schools and will ask key questions, challenge current thinking and foster debate.

The two keynote sessions will:

  • Focus on RSE in relation to what schools can be doing now to prepare for the new curriculum
  • Consider what outstanding PSHE practice looks like
  • Address the Department for Education’s ‘broad pillars’ of content which it expects the new-look RSE and PSHE curricula to address
  • Discuss what schools can do to ensure their PSHE is effective and high quality
  • Ask what PSHE provision schools should have in place now to meet new requirements and responsibilities
  • Focus on how schools can structure their PSHE provision to ensure it supports the needs of students

The workshop sessions will:

  • Address the Department for Education’s ‘broad pillars’ and how these can be established
  • Offer insights from schools on effective approaches and techniques
  • Provide ideas to boost and revamp existing RSE and PSHE provision
  • Look at how schools can begin to establish effective curriculum development and how to assess it
  • Focus on creating values-driven and sustainable RSE and PSHE curricula
  • Look at embedding effective wellbeing and mental health provision as part of a PSHE curriculum
  • Give guidance on identifying, addressing and tackling problems early including around safeguarding and online safety
  • Introduce classroom strategies for strong engagement from pupils to ensure this work is seen as an essential part of their education
  • Explore how to set up appropriate interventions in line with new curriculum requirements
  • Showcase examples of overarching strategies including working with parents, prioritising staff training and effective action research


This event is designed for those working within the primary or secondary education sectors and is relevant to:

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy headteachers
  • Senior leadership team members
  • Heads of year
  • Pastoral heads
  • Subject heads
  • SEN professionals
  • Classroom teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • School nurses
  • School councillors
  • Local authorities
  • Education advisors
  • Governors


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