Amid concerns that current relationship and sex curricula is outdated and fails to address growing risks to children such as online pornography, sexting and staying safe online, the government have committed to introducing new Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) regulations in 2019.
As it will become mandatory for schools to deliver a new RSE curriculum from 2020, organisations are invited to join representatives from the Department for Education, Ofsted and PSHE Association in exploring how it can best prepare for this and ensure its staff are best equipped to educate pupils on dealing with relationship and sexual matters.
Taking place on 12th December in Central London, this forum will provide valuable guidance and best practice lessons from some of the UK’s leading RSE experts on how to deliver outstanding RSE that is age-appropriate and not only helps pupils make informed decisions but also meets statutory requirements and takes into account parents’ perspective.
Confirmed morning keynote
Considering the future of relationships and sex education
Ian Bauckham CBE
Adviser to Department for Education on Improving Relationships and Sex Education
- Discussing the proposed government reforms, including the decision to make RSE mandatory and the requirement for schools to publish a clear statement of policy and content;
- Exploring the results of the government consultation and discussing how this will impact both primary and secondary schools;
- Examining the draft regulations and guidance for RSE, including embedding lessons on consent and peer pressure into the curriculum;
- Highlighting the issues which children and parents feel are important to know about to feel safe and better prepared for life in the modern world.
Inspecting the quality of relationships and sex education
Rory Pownall HMI
National Lead for Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship, Ofsted
- Outlining the main criteria Ofsted consider when inspecting RSE provision in schools;
- Exploring the importance of safeguarding and inspecting how well prepared pupils are for life in modern Britain;
- Inspecting how effectively schools work with stakeholders to develop their provision for RSE;
- Considering the teaching of concepts such as consent, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and the influence of media on relationships.