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Relationships and Sex Education Digest July / August / September 2018

A new monthly digest of education news for SRE for Hertfordshire schools


Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education - DfE Consultation

The Department for Education launched its consultation on its draft guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. You can find all the related consultation documents on the DfE website, along with the link to the consultation survey.

We’d really encourage you to complete the survey and ask, as part of your response, that you stress the importance of LGBT-inclusive teaching across all age groups. The consultation is open until 7 November 2018

Stonewall will be developing a webpage to help support your response over the summer. Details will be available in September.


For Secondary PSHE Colleagues: What happens when you attend a sexual health service in Hertfordshire

HCC in partnership with Sexual Health Hertfordshire have produced a short film outlining what happens when you attend Hertfordshire’s local sexual health service. Also just a reminder that there is also a film on this page that can be used with students demonstrating safe ways to put on a condom.   To view the films visit:


Digital Romance Assembly Tour -The impact of technology on romantic relationships

Supporting our students around this important focus is a vital part of our curriculum provision for

  • online safety
  • relationships and sex education
  • safeguarding

This 25-30 minute assembly, targeted at year 9 and above, focuses on how young people’s relationships are integral to their online behaviour. It will be delivered through a presentation with embedded DVD/sound.

Digital Romance Assembly Tour

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) – Herts Grid for Learning (HGfL) updated in readiness for statutory status

Staff who attended the SRE Summit of March 2017 will already be aware that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is to be a statutory subject in all schools from September 2019. In readiness for this change of status, HCC have commissioned HfL to update the content of the RSE pages on the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning.

HfL in partnership with HCC aim to support schools to deliver outstanding PSHE provision that includes high quality, age appropriate Relationship and Sex Education. The updated pages will provide school staff with lots of information to support this delivery including:

  • Places to signpost your students to meet their sexual health and contraceptive needs
  • National guidance
  • The latest PSHE and RSE/RE news
  • Links to important additional sources of information such as PSHE Association programme of study and the Sex Education Forum websites
  • Answers to most frequently asked teacher questions are provided
  • Guidelines for working with external agencies in schools
  • Resources available to support lesson planning
  • Consultancy and training support available

These updates have just gone live and we invite schools to have a look around this new section:

To support this website launch and to support you in your planning for statutory RSE, HfL’s PSHE Consultant is bringing back the hugely popular surgery sessions and bespoke support directly to schools which will help you to review and develop policy and practice, and prepare you to train staff or to work with parents in this area. (More details found below.)

A conference on the detailed requirements of the new RSE statutory curriculum considering best practice in delivery will be held in March 2019. Details will be posted as they become available.

BOOK NOW: RSE Surgery Sessions

In the summer term schools will be able to book a one hour, one to one meeting with Jayne Wright for an RSE surgery sessions to run through ways to develop your school’s RSE provision and revamp your school’s policy to reflect this national change. Initially two dates are being offered - 14th and 15th June. If these fill and there is further demand we will be happy to offer further dates.

To make a booking or to discuss your bespoke consultancy or training needs please email Shelagh Jennings: or phone: 01438 844819
**Don’t delay - there are only 8 appointments left !**

Relationships and Sex Education Digest November 2017 & January 2018

A new monthly digest of education news for SRE for Hertfordshire schools

Online e training resources

Brook, the national young people’s sexual health and wellbeing charity provides free online e training resources for professionals. They cover a wide range of topics including contraception, relationships and consent. For more information visit:

PHE National Sexual Health Campaign

Public Health England launched a national sexual health campaign called ‘Protect against STIs’, targeted at young people, aged between 16 – 24 years old.

The campaign aims to reduce rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) through normalising condom usage. There is a particular focus on the younger end of the age range(16-19 year olds) because they are less experienced and have not yet formed unhealthy habits so this provides the greatest opportunity to influence norms and behaviour of this audience.

Promote the campaign in your school! - There are a range of resources on sexual health available including the campaign overview, key messages and facts and stats. Please make use of these video links to initiate discussions around STIs.

Visit the campaign website! Watch a short film 'Protect against STI's' , which gives first hand experiences on what it’s like to have an STI.

Sexual Health Social Media Toolkit

Free condoms for young people aged 24 years and under are available through the county C-card scheme and selected pharmacies.

Community Pharmacy Sexual Health Services

'Call for evidence' on PSHE and RSE: Government seeks feedback from you and your students

Just in time for the holidays the Department for Education has today launched a call for evidence as part of its consultation on Relationships and Sex Education and PSHE. The aim is to inform the DfE’s next steps following its decision to make statutory and expand Relationships and Sex education from September 2019. This is a great opportunity to influence the RSE developments and, if you wish to make the case for statutory PSHE. We strongly urge you to contribute by the Monday 12th February deadline.

The PSHE Association has created lesson plans for those of you teaching KS3&4 to run a feedback-gathering session in the new year with your students.

How do I ensure that teaching is high quality in PSHE/RSE?

Teaching and Learning in PSHE should adhere to these ten research based principles of high quality principles.

The government signals its intention to make SRE statutory from Sept 2019 and renames it to RSE in secondary schools and Relationships Education in Primary schools:

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The Sex Education Forum have developed a poster containing pointers for schools that are committed to delivering high quality SRE.

Relationships and Sex Education Digest May & July 2017

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UN recommendation for mandatory SRE

The UN recommendation appears in the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (June 2016). The full recommendation is as follows:

'The Committee recommends that the State party ensure that meaningful sexual and reproductive health education is part of the mandatory school curriculum for all schools, including academies, special schools and youth detention centres, in all areas of the State party. Such education should provide age-appropriate information on: confidential sexual and reproductive health-care services; contraceptives; prevention of sexual abuse or exploitation, including sexual bullying; available support in cases of such abuse and exploitation; and sexuality, including that of LGBT children’.


Working with external agencies to deliver sex and relationships programmes in schools

Some schools have enquired about protocols for engaging with external providers to complement the taught PSHE curriculum on issues such as Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) provision. It is worth saying that if a provider is offering ‘free’ support or indeed, chargeable support to schools then please consider carefully where the funding is coming from and whether there may be a particular slant they may want to promote in their work with your children and young people. This slant may or may not sit well with your school’s SRE policy and approach. It is worth considering what you would like them to cover in quite a lot of detail before they arrive as it would be good practice to seek parental consent if sensitive issues are being covered. We want to ensure age-appropriate content is delivered in our schools by excellent providers that follow the DfE guidance. Any organisation or individual, therefore, offering services to deliver SRE in schools should therefore be encouraged to work alongside teaching staff, supporting the planned delivery of any curriculum activity.

The attached information has been created by HCC and represents good practice in working with external providers. We have decided it would be helpful to circulate this to our PSHE co-ordinators and Healthy Schools. We hope that this helps you to devise protocols and approaches to make use of external support that may be available for your school. It goes without saying that we recommend that you follow safeguarding procedures at all times ensuring that visitors are supervised by school staff and that pupils are not left alone with visitors.

I thought it would be worth reminding you at this point of HfL’s offer. If you need any help with developing your SRE policy or practice, or wish to attend an SRE training session such as the SRE Champions courses, please see the attached brochure and book on to surgery sessions or course. This SRE Champions course and surgery session is free to schools to attend, HCC funded, to support you in this important area of the curriculum.

Working with External Agencies to Deliver Sex and Relationships Programmes in Schools