We were delighted that over 600 of you were able to join us for last week's Online Conference —Recovery, Refocus and Readiness. This was new ground for us and it was a pleasure to be able to bring a range of workshop choices and keynotes straight to your living rooms.
We’ve given a flavour of the day here, including an overview of workshops we ran, and a recording of our CEO Jono’s inspirational talk on education in the time of Covid as well as downloadable briefings on teaching about pornography following Dr Elly Hanson’s informative keynote.
We can’t wait to run another one soon, and look forward to seeing you there when we do! In the meantime, please check the range of online CPD courses and webinars we have to offer this term.
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 short and long-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 focussed on children and young people’s mental health and the implementation of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education in light of the Covid-19 situation.
Delegates then split-off to take part in their choice of workshops led by our team of Subject Specialists, with sessions on 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 — a 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, she also outlined some advice on how to do it safely and effectively. During the keynote, we launched 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, which this time included an option for school leaders on choice between on leading their school to success in statutory Relationships Education (& Sex Education) and Health Education implementation.
The event closed with Jono’s inspirational rallying-cry for PSHE teachers everywhere to take us beyond recovery and towards a curriculum for renewal, with PSHE education at its heart. Jono explores what Covid-19 tells us about Britain today and education’s vital role. This is definitely one you can use to make the case for PSHE in your schools or to those who remain unaware of, or convinced by, its potential. Watch the full video in all its glory on YouTube here.
What our delegates said about the event…
Thank you so much. The webinar was so informative and inspirational. GREAT Speakers! And after so long being inside on shielding and working on my Curriculum knowledge organisers for our PSHE this was exactly the motivation I needed!!
All workshops and key note speakers were informative, inspirational and clear. I am not PSHE lead but was asked to attend this course for my school, and it has given me a real insight into how important PSHE is going to be for our children returning to school after the current affairs that they have heard about or had experience of. Thank you for an inspiring morning.
Wow. Just brilliant. Well organised, IT amazing and easy to follow instructions (even on an iPad). Top quality speakers, great chair and all kept to time. What else can I say. Excellent!