Relationships Education and RSE: Policy Update and a Way Forward

At Dods, what we do best is produce cutting-edge content and partner with the best thought-leaders - to bring to you insights, the latest policy information, best practice and an opportunity to exchange exciting ideas with peers. As, for now, you cannot join us at our live events, we will bring them to you, in the safety of your homes and offices. The Relationships, Education and RSE: Policy Update and a Way Forward Briefing goes online! 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Ian Bauckham CBE, Education Advisor - Sex and Relationships Education and PSHE, Department for Education
  • Sarah Hannafin, Senior Policy Adviser, National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)
  • Andrew Hammond, Senior Director of Learning & Community, Discovery Education
  • Mary Taylor, Head of Programmes, Family Links: the Centre for Emotional Health
  • Terry Millar, Executive Headteacher, Bullers Wood Multi Academy Trust
  • Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton, Head of Education Programmes, Stonewall
  • Ron Cohen, Education Consultant (former Ofsted Lead Inspector)
  • Rob Partington, Headteacher, New Moston Primary School
  • Jonathan Baggaley, Chief Executive, PSHE Association
  • Emma Sanderson, National Director of Education
  • Andrew Lagden, CEO, Andrew Lagden Education Consultants (Chair)


From September 2020 the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), and Health Education lessons will become compulsory. The new statutory guidance introduced by the Department for Education will apply to all primary and secondary schools in England. The policy update echoes the growing number of risks pupils face online and reflects the benefits of a deeper understanding of the health issues, mental wellbeing and relationships.

Join us in on Thursday 1st October to guarantee that the new curriculum is set in the context of a wider whole-school approach. Join the conversation with the leading figures from the education sector and explore the policy requirements around age-appropriate, sensitive content and inclusive curriculum objectives.

Key issues to be addressed:

    • Overview of the new statutory guidance in primary and secondary schools
    • Developing a policy: designing and delivering the new subjects within a broad and balanced curriculum
    • Best practice: ensuring well delivered, age-appropriate, engaging lessons plans     
    • Implementing a responsible curriculum design: inclusive attitudes to LGBT and SEND pupils
    • Supporting and educating parents on the key aspects of the law and RSE: the right to withdraw
    • Keeping safe online: teaching pupils about online safety and information sharing
    • Accountability: What are Ofsted looking for?
    • Safeguarding, reports of abuse and confidentiality: Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)

    The Event:

    The morning session will focus on the new statutory guidance for primary and secondary schools and identify the key features for school policy around relationships education.

    The afternoon session will encourage the best practice and focus on the implementation of the new requirements. You will learn from experts that have innovative ideas for inclusive curriculums and teaching strategies.

    Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

    Who should attend?

    You will join a range of education stakeholders including, but not limited to: governing bodies of maintained schools (including schools with a sixth form) and non-maintained special schools; trustees or directors of academies and free schools; proprietors of independent schools (including academies and free schools); management committees of pupil referral units (PRUs); teachers, other school staff and school nurses; head teachers, principals and senior leadership teams; Diocese and other faith representatives; relevant local authority staff, and; national bodies involved or interested in RSE education.

    Further information:

    Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
    A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

    Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

    For registration enquiries please contact: 

    To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

    Thursday 1st October 2020

    10.00am - 15.00pm 

    Event to be held online. 

    Private Sector | 1 Place: £395 


    Public Sector | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each


    Above prices exclude VAT


    If you require a booking form, please contact 

    Background Quote

     “A historic step in education that will help equip children and young people with the knowledge and the support they need to form healthy relationships, lead healthy lives and be happy and safe in the world today”. Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education of the United Kingdom (2018–2019)

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