High-quality PSHE and relationships and sex education (RSE) is essential if we are to create safe school communities where pupils can thrive personally, socially, and academically.

Good RSE and PSHE also helps schools to meet their safeguarding obligations. Ofsted is clear that schools must have a preventative programme that enables pupils to learn about safety and risks in relationships.

Children and young people also suffer too often from “too little, too late and too biological” when it comes to RSE.

And now Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education is to become a statutory subject in all schools (Relationships Education in primary schools) and the government has published its draft Statutory Guidance for these new subjects. 

Schools are being encouraged by ministers to begin delivering these subjects in September 2019 ahead of mandatory curriculum status from September 2020.


SecEd and Headteacher Update are hosting the Second National Conference on Statutory RSE and Health Education to offer access to thought leadership, policy insights, 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 Health Education, as part of wider high-quality PSHE provision and will help ensure your plans for the statutory requirements are in line with requirements and established best practice.

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.

This conference will be chaired by Dr Pooky Knightsmith – Mental Health Ambassador and Educator & Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. The event will give clear and practical insights into the changes ahead through a combination of keynote presentations and workshops. These will collectively focus on what schools can expect from statutory RSE, statutory Health Education and where we are heading with PSHE in general – including the latest news on Department for Education policy.

At the same time, the conference will focus best practice when it comes to delivering RSE and PSHE to meet the needs of young people in 2018, including school case studies and expert guidance on the latest challenges and issues that these subjects absolutely must tackle if they are to be effective.

Thanks to the draft guidance, schools should have a clear idea of what will be expected of them come September 2020 and this event will use this government guidance as a basis for its best practice presentations.


The three keynote sessions include:

  • A keynote session from the Sex Education Forum entitled statutory RSE & relationships education. This will advise on your preparations for statutory RSE and will dissect the latest information available from the government together with best practice and evidence of what works. The session will highlight the priorities and practical steps that should be taken in the run up to statutory status to ensure your RSE offer meets statutory requirements. It will signpost essential resources too.

  • A keynote session from the PSHE Association will discuss the latest policy news from the Department for Education in relation to PSHE, including the plans for Statutory Health Education, as well as a range of best practice advice to ensure your PSHE curriculum is fit for today’s world and the challenges young people face.

  • keynote session led by Dr Pooky Knightsmith focusing on mental health, wellbeing and how we can build strong pupils through effective PSHE education.

The workshops include:

  • A Q&A session with leading experts, including Dr Pooky Knightsmith, to answer your specific queries about the impending changes and RSE & Health Education/PSHE best practice

  • Practical advice on the changes and developments to the RSE, Health Education and PSHE curricula

  • Expert advice on best practice drawing on the latest DfE information, including the expected statutory guidance for RSE/Health Education

  • A best practice trouble-shooting surgery for all your statutory RSE & PSHE queries

  • Expert advice on mental health and wellbeing education as part of the whole-school approach to PSHE and pastoral support

  • The role of statutory RSE in building healthy sexuality & emotional resistance to meet the challenges of modern technology, the internet & social media

  • Case study: Designing a coherent secondary PSHE curriculum

  • Case study: Putting PSHE at the heart of your primary school

  • Case study: Relationships education & safeguarding: Resources, ideas & best practice

  • Practical approaches to promoting resilience

  • Ideas, resources and interventions to boost and revamp existing RSE and PSHE provision.




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
  • SEN professionals
  • School nurses
  • School counsellors
  • Education advisors
  • Governors


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