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Summer members event: parents & RSE

25 April 2018

We are delighted to open bookings for our summer members event, which will have a thematic focus on parents and RSE. 

Members and partners of the Sex Education Forum are invited to our annual members-only event in London on 4th July 2018, with a thematic focus on parents and RSE. Statutory RSE is required in all schools from September 2019 and we know that Government are considering how updated RSE guidance will support parental engagement with RSE. The Sex Education Forum response to the Government 'call for evidence' reinforces our commitment to schools and parents working together, as per principle 3 of our statement of commitment.

Our summer member event provides a unique opportunity to network and share practice, and to hear policy updates direct from Government. We are also delighted to be hosting a performance of a play all about RSE.

The day will include:  
  • Update on the implementation of statutory RSE from a Department for Education representative

  • Research presentation by Dr Clare Bennett, Lecturer at Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences, exploring the role of fathers as sexuality educators and comparing parental attitudes in the Netherlands and UK

  • Case study from our partner, Warwickshire County Council, who have developed the ‘All About Us’ programme, which supports parents to take a greater role in RSE

  • Practice sharing opportunity for you to share your activities with others

  • Two interactive workshops to choose from 1) facilitated by Leah Jewett and Yoan Reed of OUTSPOKEN Sex Ed for parents  and 2) Psychologist Dr John Coleman exploring communication breakdown between parents and teenagers and what can be done to improve things. 

  • A performance of ‘The Talk’ - a headphone verbatim play about the history of sex education in England (scroll down for further details)

Booking information

All tickets must be booked using Eventbrite via our Calendar. This event is exclusive to members and partners of the Sex Education Forum. Partners qualify for one free ticket and may purchase additional tickets. Members can purchase tickets for £99.

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More information about 'The Talk'?

Created from interviews with almost 100 people, ‘The Talk’ is a headphone verbatim play about the history of sex education in England. ‘The Talk’ is about how we learnt, or didn’t learn, about sex and relationships. The play features personal tales of first times and crossed lines; the education and awareness we wanted, needed, didn’t get, or didn’t like. It is also the political story of the subject’s formal position in the education system.

From parents and teachers, inquisitive 11-year-olds and angry 15-year-olds, doctors and former education secretaries (including Ed Balls and Nicky Morgan), the show captures voices from people from their teens to their nineties. These very personal interviews form the content for a 60-minute play that will make you laugh, wince, and maybe cry.

What is headphone verbatim? Headphone verbatim theatre is an intimate storytelling method. The actors perform the edited interviews whilst listening to the recorded material through headphones. In effect this means the audience watch the actors as they keep up with the pace/tone/intonation of the voice they hear. The audience only hear the actor’s voice, not the original speaker. 

The Talk is created by Neela Doležalova and directed by Kristine Landon-Smith (co-founder of Tamasha). The cast includes Ken Birk, Divian Ladwa, Nyla Levy, Stephen Myott-Meadows, Anna Nguyen and Josephine Starte.

Some quotes from parents in the script:

"I always thought I would withdraw my daughter. However, I think that in the times we’re living in it’s 2017; sex can’t still be like this forgotten forbidden subject that we don’t talk about. Cos that’s how children grow up, young boys go out and get themselves in situations."

"...the person from outer space, would I think find it extremely weird that we teach our kids about death before we teach them about sex."

 "My son learnt about sex through another child. And to be honest, I’m angry. I don’t like it. But that is how it is."