22 Sep, 20229:30 am-3:00 pm

With reports from schools detailing inadequate training on how to deliver the new Department for Education requirements around Relationships Education and Health Education in primary schools, alongside an increased focus on these elements of teaching and learning by school inspectorates Ofsted and ISI, including as a result of the Everyone’s Invited initiative, it is more important than ever to join together with peers to learn how to ensure high quality delivery in your school, to ensure positive outcomes for every pupil.

This Relationships and Health Education Curriculum training day will provide attendees with practical guidance and step-by-step support on delivering the statutory guidance in your school. Participants will work with an expert trainer to understand statutory requirements, how to demonstrate these in curriculum delivery, and adapt information to ensure age-appropriate approaches. You will also be able to explore the nuanced language required for delivering a modern Relationships and Health Education curriculum to children, as well as learn how to evaluate the quality of your provision.


Learning objectives

  • Understand the Department for Education (DfE) Guidance on the Primary Relationships Education and Health Education Curriculum
  • Evaluate your compliance with the new curriculum, and how to strengthen provision
  • Assess your Relationships Education policy, and how to ensure this is accessible to staff, pupils and parents, and is effectively audited
  • Explore how to ensure your teaching of Relationships and Health Education is inclusive, and how to incorporate Sex Education in an age-appropriate manner
  • Enhance your subject knowledge and vocabulary to improve your confidence in the classroom
  • Discuss how an effective primary Relationships Education curriculum can help tackle a culture of sexual harassment in all schools

Expert Trainer

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Lisa Handy
RSE Educator, Trainer and Consultant
Coram Life Education


9:30 am
Login and Accessing Training Platform

*This training will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

9:45 am
Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to experts, engage in discussions with peers, and leave the day equipped to improve planning and delivery of Relationships Education.

In this first session, participants will have the opportunity to share their key challenges, to help tailor the training through the day to your needs, and help you find solutions.

Each session through the day will encourage and allow time for questions and discussion.

10:00 am
Workshop One: Statutory Compliance and Inspectorate Expectations

In this session, you will recap on the latest government guidance and requirements for the Relationships Education and Health Education curricula for primary schools, as well as the latest guidance from ISI and Ofsted around what your school and staff must be able to demonstrate.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Integrating the 2021 Relationships Education guidance with the wider statutory guidance and advice it accompanies, including around safeguarding and behaviour
  • Understand the distinctions between relationships and sex education, and health education, and how to ensure the curriculum covers all elements in an age-appropriate way
  • Determine the definition of a broad and balanced curriculum in relation to Relationships and Health Education, and how to translate this into your curriculum planning
  • Explore the training modules developed by the DfE and how to roll these out among teachers and pastoral staff relating to primary Relationships Education
  • Discuss how your school’s ethos can support PSHE development, and how to demonstrate this
10:50 am
Discussion Session: Meeting Your Statutory Requirements

Following the opening workshop, this will be your opportunity to ask any additional questions about the elements covered, and also share your concerns about the most challenging parts of the guidance, to work through finding solutions with the help of peers and the expert trainer.

11:10 am
Morning Break and Networking

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function.

11:25 am
Workshop Two: Reviewing Your Relationships Education Policy and Planning the 2022/23 Curriculum

Since implementation of the new curriculum began in 2020/21, schools have been required to develop a Relationships Education policy, inviting engagement from parents, and publish this with details of the corresponding curriculum.

While the pandemic has setback some progress around this, teaching through 2022 has been expected to fill gaps from last year. Wherever you are on the journey in your school, it is crucial you are now planning to fully meet requirements from September 2022.

In this session you will:

  • Explore methods for engaging parents in Relationships Education, and gain parental buy-in and support for curriculum plans and activities
  • Examine best practice Relationships Education and Health Education policies and how to develop your own high-quality statement
  • Determine how to develop a dedicated curriculum for Relationships and Health Education while also integrating elements into other subjects where possible, for example science for a holistic approach
  • Learn how to audit your current curriculum, and progress in implementing this, to identify learning priorities for each year group
12:20 pm
Key Focus Session: Addressing Gendered Harassment and Negative Norms in Your School

In light of revelations through the Everyone’s Invited initiative, it is vital that all schools now address the culture of gendered and sexual harassment that is apparent across the education sector, both in the classroom and the school community more broadly.

This session will provide space for an open and honest conversation among peers about how all staff can play a part in this, and specifically the role of the Relationships Education curriculum in tackling damaging behaviour and creating new norms from an early age.

Our expert trainer will provide specialist guidance on this, as well as answer your key questions and concerns on the topic.

12:40 pm
Afternoon Break and Networking

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function.

1:25 pm
Workshop Three: Enhance Your Subject Knowledge and Vocabulary

This session will guide you through key topics that must be covered in your Relationships Education curriculum, offering advice on how to teach sensitive topics, and helping you find the right words to cover themes in an age-appropriate manner.

Key themes will include:

  • Internet safety, sex in the media and pornography
  • Healthy emotional relationships, including in relation to consent
  • Sexuality and gender norms
  • Religious and cultural norms in relation to relationships

There will also be an opportunity for participants to share particular challenges around vocabulary in their own classrooms, and share difficult questions or comments posed by pupils, with a view to learn and receive guidance from peers as well as the expert trainer.

2:15 pm
Discussion Session: What Works Well in Your School?

This interactive discussion session will be an opportunity to learn from peers and share key resources and teaching methods that have been successful in delivering the curriculum in primary settings thus far.

Explore effective approaches to planning and delivery, engaging staff, parents and pupils, and useful lesson materials, including how to work with external/partner agencies to enhance curriculum delivery.

2:40 pm
Summary and Key Takeaways

In this final interactive session our expert trainer will summarise each workshop and discussion session, helping you recap on all you have learnt through the day, and ensuring tangible takeaways for you to implement in your school.

You will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and share comments, as well as determine next steps for curriculum development and delivery.

3:00 pm
Training Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change