PSHE Association Online Conference Highlights

Download the new briefings on pornography and watch Jono's keynote

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Event highlights

The event kicked-off with an introduction and opening remarks from Jenny Barksfield, our Deputy CEO & Principal Subject Specialist. Jenny introduced the 3 ‘R’s and explored PSHE education’s vital role — both long- and short-term — as part of a recovery curriculum.

This was followed by a presentation from Richard Vaughan, Deputy Director, Life Skills, Curriculum and Extra-Curricular, Department for Education. Richard’s session, Children and Young People’s Mental Health and the implementation of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, looked at the support that the Department for Education will be providing to colleagues in light of the current situation, with a panel for live questions at the end.

Delegates then split-off to take part in their choice of Subject-Specialist-led workshop, a choice between: RSE success: planning and delivering effective Relationships Education (Primary or secondary) and Preparing for Ofsted: PSHE education’s intent, implementation and impact (Crossphase).

After a short break — and chance for delegates to top up their teas and coffees — we re-joined for the second keynote of the day from Dr Elly Hanson: We need to talk about porn, but how? As well as making a compelling case for why teachers should address this vital and challenging topic in the classroom, Elly also outlined some advice on how to do it safely and effectively. During the keynote, we premiered 2 new briefings on the topic which you can download here (Teacher Briefing) and here (Impact Briefing).

We split into groups again for the second Subject Specialist-led workshop sessions, a choice between Leading your school to success in statutory Relationships Education (& Sex Education) and Health Education — with separate sessions available for primary & secondary, or Preparing for Ofsted: PSHE education’s intent, implementation and impact — repeated here as an option for those who didn’t have the chance to attend earlier in the day.

The event closed with Jono’s much-lauded keynote and rallying-cry for PSHE teachers everywhere to take us beyond recovery and towards a curriculum for renewal, with PSHE education at its heart. Watch the full video in all its glory on YouTube here.

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