The SecEd Podcast: Relationships, Sex & Health Education in Schools

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode of The SecEd Podcast offers practical advice, guidance and tips for schools delivering the relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum, which has been a statutory requirement since September.

Our experts discuss how things are going so far, specific challenges schools have faced in delivering effective RSHE, the impact of Covid-19, the role of RSHE in supporting students post-lockdown, the right to withdrawal, delivering LGBT+ elements & more.

We offer advice for schools delaying delivery until the summer and we also feature a case study of one school’s approaches.

The podcast is published ahead of SecEd's Fourth National Delivering RSHE Conference, which takes place online from November 30 to December 3 (4-6pm daily). It features 12 best practice sessions. For details visit

Our panel of experts, all of whom are due to speak at SecEd's Fourth National Delivering Statutory RSHE Conference, includes:

  • Lucy Emmerson, director of the Sex Education Forum, a charity which aims to achieve quality RSE for all children and young people. Its members include schools and educators.
  • Adele Bates, an education & behaviour specialist.
  • And Michelle O’Neill, the leader of PSHE, citizenship, RE & careers at Wellacre Academy in Greater Manchester.

You can listen to The SecEd Podcast below. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast application of choice. Or visit

For details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at


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