It’s now a year since TSSW’s successful bid to lead the Department for Education training to support schools in readiness for the new Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) 2020 guidance.
All State Secondary settings within our region could register to receive the following support package:
Despite the unforeseen Covid-19 lockdown situation and school closures, we have effectively and rapidly adapted our programme to be delivered remotely, using both video conferencing and webinars to support and train our partner schools.
We have now recruited and trained ten secondary school RSHE Ready mentors to work one-to-one with schools; which included specialist training by Brook and fortnightly training during last Summer Term.
We moved to remote training through webinar platforms and online meetings, with access to a dedicated website where all webinars can be accessed, along with training materials and in order to support sharing between partner schools we have developed a shared access drive.
The PSHE Subject Leads Network has been significantly expanded and developed to meet the training needs of the partner schools, including:
It is rewarding to report that meetings have been attended by over 60 schools and the forthcoming PSHE Network meeting on Wednesday 3 February 2021 will be cross-phase and focus on teaching about drugs and alcohol.
In the first two waves of the programme over 100 schools within our region have been supported with live webinars, access to recordings to all partner schools and up to half a day of dedicated support from an RSHE Ready Mentor, and this mentor support is on-going.
Next is the development of a Strategic PSHE Network in collaboration with Devon, Torbay and Plymouth Public Health, the University of Exeter, local 0-19 teams, Community Public Health Nursing, CAMHs, Mental Health Support Teams, Well-Being for Education Return and the Diocese Offices from across the South West.
100% of staff who responded to our post-training evaluation question rating the quality of the RSHE Ready training and support, rated us as High Quality.
We also gathered the following data on the efficacy of our training for our Wave 2 partner schools:
37% rated themselves as having some, little or no knowledge of the RSHE Guidance before they started, on completion of the programme, 96% of partner schools that responded to our post-evaluation survey, rated their knowledge as high or expert.
Before the programme confidence when we asked schools about delivering effective RSHE to meet the 2020 guidance:
3% of partner schools reported having some, little or no confidence.
After the programme of training and support 96% of staff from our partner schools rated themselves as having high levels of confidence.
Wave 3 is due to commence on Thursday 28 January 2021 and will run until the end of March.
It is open to all secondary schools who have not taken part yet.
Thank you to RSHE Ready (Secondary) Director, Lisa Whitworth for her report.