The PSHE Association welcomed over 250 teachers and other professionals to our 2016 annual conference events in London and Leeds in late June. This year’s events focussed on how PSHE education helps pupils to face 21st century challenges, including staying safe both online and offline.
Jonathan Baggaley, Head of Education at the National Crime Agency’s Child Online Exploitation Protection Centre (CEOP), gave the opening address, setting out the crucial role of PSHE education in keeping children and young people safe. Jonathan said:
“Young people are growing up in an uncertain and evolving world. From our work to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation we know that well-structured PSHE education delivered by trained teachers is the best way to ensure all children develop the skills and attributes to navigate risks they face today, and those they will face in the future. This puts PSHE education at the front line of efforts to keep children safe both online and offline.”
Here is a film of Jonathan Baggaley's full keynote address:
PSHE Association Chief Executive Joe Hayman also addressed the conference, setting out significant developments in the support for statutory status for PSHE over the last year, including support from the national police lead for child sexual exploitation, the Chief Medical Officer, the Children’s Commissioner, two royal societies, three select committees, five teaching unions, six royal medical colleges, one hundred leading organisations, Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, 85% of business leaders, 88% of teachers, 91% of parents and 92% of young people.
See a clip from Joe Hayman's opening address: